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Lemon Cordial Recipe

We have five lemon trees in our garden and they are all full of lemons at this time of year, so Jen and I decided to make Lemon Cordial with our bounty of lemons. This is a recipe from granny and it is lovely.


3 lemons

2 teaspoons of citric acid

900 grams of sugar

a large bunch of mint

750 ml boiling water

Grate all the skins off the lemons and place them in a bowl, then squeeze the juice from the lemons over the skins. Add all the other ingredients, pour the boiling water into the bowl and stir until the sugar has disolved, crushing the mint at the same time.

Let this mixture cool down and then strain and bottle when cool. It can be stored in the fridge.

Because this is a cordial, you only need to pour a tiny amount in a glass and fill the rest of the glass with filtered water. This is such a refreshing drink, enjoy!


Vegetable Garden Gate

We were walking through our garden yesterday and I thought I would share these photos with you, the first is the entrance to one of our vegetable gardens, the Banksia Roses are in full bloom for Spring and look so effective above our little wooden gate. Our cauliflower is ready to be harvested and so are our beetroots, our lettuce is almost ready and our onions. It is such a satisfying feeling to just go outside and pick our own veggies for dinner and know that they are organic and pesticide free!

This second photo is of our telephone pole, the Wisteria has simply taken over, isn’t it divine?

Our New Vegetable Garden

We have been working really hard for the past two weeks planning, designing and preparing a new vegetable garden at the bottom of our garden. The ground really wasn’t being used for anything, so we decidid to convert it into something productive.

We first cleared the area and then marked our beds, dug them using the double digging technique. This takes quite a while and then we added loads of compost and raised the beds so that they have a dome shape.

We saw this type of fencing in one of Monty Don’s books, called The Complete Gardiner, and loved it, so we decided to utilise this for our little fences and it turned out quite well. We have quite a few Mulberry trees and pruning season has just passed so we had plenty of long Mulberry branches for weaving the borders of our vege beds, they are nice and pliable, so therefore perfect.

Yesterday we all planted out seedlings, at the moment, we have beetroot, cabbage, butter lettuce and onions. We will also plant cucumbers, tomatoes, pumpkin, butternut etc… but the beds need to be prepared first. The whole family has been very involved in this project and have enjoyed it tremendously. I can’t wait for these veggies to grow. We are trying to become more self sufficient and also to have a continuous supply of vegetables, we are getting there!

I also love looking at Rhonda’s blog, called down to earth, she always has the most fantastic postings and information! Thanks Rhonda!!

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