<![CDATA[MONGARLOWEGOURMET.COM.AU - Blog]]>Wed, 25 Mar 2020 12:58:31 -0700Weebly<![CDATA[15 Things you can do with flour]]>Wed, 18 Mar 2020 03:50:07 GMThttp://mongarlowegourmet.com.au/blog/15-things-you-can-do-with-flour
With the outbreak of COVID-19, it seems some people have gone to ridiculous extremes of hoarding. If this is you, and your cupboard is loaded, here are my suggestions on how you can use 50 tons of flour once the pandemic has passed:

1. exercise your creativity and make modeling clay 
2. keep your children occupied with play dough
4. deter the ants that wil be lining up to feast on the 30 tons of honey also hoarded
5. buff  your steel sink
6. polish any copper in your house
7. refresh your deck of cards
8. make paper mache - if you hoarded toilet paper as well then it's a win /win
10. sprinkle it on your squash and potato plants that should have been planted as a more nutritious food source than flour
11. use it as a dry shampoo
12. use it to loosen up your compost heap which has grown exponentially from the wasted food
13. ​ripen avocados
14. reduce a swelling pimple 
15. bake food ...lots of it. Then donate it to the homeless, elderly, and the other socially disadvantaged who missed out because you hoarded everything.

Feel free to add your own suggestions ... 

<![CDATA[Growing Frost Tolerant Vegetables 101]]>Tue, 17 Mar 2020 22:03:34 GMThttp://mongarlowegourmet.com.au/blog/growing-frost-tolerant-vegetables-101

 It doesn’t have to be an expensive process to protect your plants in a high frost zone. If your budget doesn’t stretch to frost cloths or garden blankets, here are some of our favourite low cost methods to protect your plants this winter:

​Think of it as making a childhood cubby for your plants so they can have a cozy sleep. Garden stakes, sticks, boxes, flexible pipes and anything else that is handy can be used to hold the cover above the plants. Make sure the cover is above your plant, ideally not touching.  

We have used drop cloths, old sheets and an old car cover on different occasions. For smaller areas, outdoor pot plants, seedlings etc an inverted bucket, large flower pot or plastic milk/soft drink container with the bottom cut out of it will suffice.

We suggest starting seedlings in little containers to start, using the warmth of the sun against a wall during the day to encourage them and then move indoors with a cover over them at night (the plastic milk or soft drink bottle cut to fit over the seedling works well). Make sure you acclimatise them before planting out by gradually exposing them to the outside for longer periods before planting out into the garden. Ideally plant your vegetables near walls, benches or other established plants to give them some added protection.

Some vegetables will grow better than others in frost. Frost resistant vegetables include:
  • Carrots
  • Broccoli
  • Cabbage
  • Lettuce
  • Leeks
  • Peas
  • Asian Greens
  • Raddish
  • Spinach
  • Silverbeet
  • Rhubarb
  • Kale
  • Beets
  • Collards (the new kale)
  • Chard
 Want to learn more? Our friends at Wynlen House have some great courses (the link is below). 

Wynlen House