Bairnsdale beetroot, not really.

I have been informed that the post I did last week about the baby beetroot from Bairnsdale is incorrect.  Yes the beetroot is processed in Bairnsdale at Vegco but apparently the crop is actually from Cowra, not local after all.

food miles

Thank you Emma Field, a Gippsland reporter for the Weekly Times, for giving me the correct information.

This information was rather disappointing as it means the food miles are much greater than I thought!

Baby beetroot from Bairnsdale

beetrootWe do most of our grocery shopping at Bairnsdale which is the commercial centre of East Gippsland.  Bairnsdale is situated on the Mitchell River and alongside the river are the Mitchell River flats, or the flood plain.  This floodplain is a highly productive vegetable growing area.  When we make our road trips up to Canberra we pass many big “Bonaccord” trucks transporting the vegetables to Sydney.

It was with great delight that we found, in ALDI, some produce from the local region that has managed to stay in the region.

Bairnsdale beetrootWe tend to buy our vegetable from the greengrocer, knowing that the products are local so it was good to see that those who buy from the big supermarkets are also getting the opportunity to support local growers.

Vegco is the business that processes the vegetables for sale.

Orchard renovations, long overdue

On our fridge we have a list of jobs to do in and around the house and removing the netting on the orchard is one of those jobs. Our orchard right at the very back of our garden has been in need of attention for quite some time.  I finally got around to doing something about it and we are now in the full throws of making drastic changes.

This is how the orchard looked before we began.

The netting is falling apart and the grass has grown far too long.  I used to hand weed the orchard but I have decided that we need something much easier to manage.  We want to take up the watering system so that we are able to mow in the orchard rather than doing it by hand.

The first step was to take down the netting.

We then had to remove three unproductive trees.

Our apricot tree and our peach tree both had gummosis and the plum tree was not producing decent fruit.  We are now left with an apple and a fig tree.  We will be planting new trees when all is fixed up.

tree removal

My husband removed the trees and the star pickets.  That was a hard job as the pickets were buried so  deep.

orchard without nettingI am going to dig some holes in preparation for new trees to be planted in late autumn or early winter.  I will dig the holes and fill them with compost so the soil gets a chance to absorb the goodness before we plant.


Experimenting with colourwork in knitting

I am slowly reducing my stash of wool but still have a long way to go.  The difficulty is knowing what to make with the odd balls of wool as generally there is not enough of one colour to make a complete garment.

I have a Pinterest board for woolwork

Screen shot 2015-03-12 at 8.09.41 AM and one for yoke sweaters.
yoke sweatersI was interested in making a sweater completely on a round needle and using fair isle all the way up the sweater but I don’t have the confidence yet to try that so I thought I would give a cardigan a go and move on from there.

I found a fair isle pattern archive on Pinterest and I chose a classic high buttoning cardigan pattern and then worked out how I could fit in the fair isle pattern.

The pattern I chose was this one.

patternYou can see fro the markings on the paper that the pattern I used was the one on the right hand side.

grid pattern I transferred the pattern to grid paper so I would have a sheet I could mark as I went along.

I am happy with the finished product but I still have a lots of wool to use.

fair isle cardigan

The buttons are rather bright but they were in my stash so I put them to use.