Wonderfully fragrant, rosemary is a versatile garden herb. In a bid to grow our own, we caught up with Sydney horticulturist Jon Kingston, who runs City Garden Wise, works for The Edible Balcony, and volunteers at the Wayside Chapel rooftop garden, to gather tips on how to propagate this popular botanical.
Today, we bake bread. A good, honest sourdough loaf using a wild yeasted sourdough starter. If you didn’t catch the tutorial on making and maintaining your own sourdough starter you’ll find it here. Piero Pignatti Morano from Two Chaps, who has been talking us through the process, is back again with his well-tested recipe for a simple sourdough loaf.
There’s a lot of beauty to be found in baking your own bread – combining something as simple as flour and water to create a fulfilling daily essential. Taking it a step further by combining those two simple ingredients to ferment with wild yeasts from the surrounding environment, resulting in a strong sourdough starter, captures more beauty still.
Not one for the impatient among us, garlic is however a relatively easy crop to grow. Left in the ground (or pot) for around eight months, with a little water and good soil you’ll have your own supply of chemical-free homegrown garlic by the time late spring rolls around. And now’s the time to plant.
After long hours in the hot summer weather, most of our Aussie farmers have a smile on their face at the arrival of cooler weather. It also sees them reaping the benefits of the bountiful harvest they created. One such local crop in plentiful supply at the moment is chillies – an ingredient for which a little usually goes a long way.