Aloe Vera juice

A few days ago I was gardening for the whole day leaving me very tired and with hurting hands and wrists.  I had to relocated my Pomelo Tree from the raised garden to a big pot to make way for my lime tree I just got from a local nursery (Pomelo’s can get very big, it can reach to a height of 25 feet and besides limes are expensive here in Sydney so I’m hoping next year I’ll be able to start harvesting the fruits instead of buying. Also, my seeds have germinated and these had to be transplanted onto the ground.

AloeVerajuice

I remembered from a youtube video I’ve watched and some articles Ive read recently on how good Aloe Vera juice is good for you, that its safe and easy to make yourself. Also since I have plenty of Aloe in my garden (they just keep on growing) and orange at hand I just thought to give it ago that evening. For full recipe, please see below.

To my surprise the following morning, the aches and pains I was feeling the night before were gone. Now, I’ve been drinking this juice for almost 3 weeks now and I am feeling good.

I never really took care of my Aloe Vera plant before, it was just in a pot getting pot bound and leggy as I never knew the full benefits of it apart from burn remedy and hair conditioner. I now take pride in my Aloe’s as it’s done me wonders, I’ve placed it in a nice pot and in the ground close to my backdoor for easy access.

Why is Aloe Vera a must in your garden:

It’s so easy to grow, very hardy and it will produce new aloes for you in no time

Aloe Vera has an anti-inflammatory effect

Helps with digestive issues including; irregularity diarrhea, constipation, indigestion, irritable bowel syndrome and heartburn.

Helps remove toxic substances in the body.

Promotes healthier heart

Strengthen your immune system due to its antibacterial and antiseptic properties. Also It contains B complex vitamins      B1, B2, B6 and B12 as well as vitamins A, C and E.

And many more….

Aloe Vera juice ingredients

1 Aloe Vera leaf

1 whole orange or 1 ½ cup of orange juice

½ cup of water

Ice cubes or ½ cup water

Steps:

Make sure the leaf is clean and cut out the edges of the leaf.

Peel the skin off the flesh (I start with the bottom skin to make it easier to peel off the gel) and make sure you hold on to the leaf as it gets slimy and slippery at this stage. To get to the flesh, filet the gel out of the inside and put aside.

Peel the washed orange, make sure most of the rind are removed and cut into 4 segments.

Place all ingredients in a blender until you can’t see any clumps and you are done!

Leura Gardens Festival, Oct 03 – 11, 2015

Leura Gardens Festival

Leura Gardens Festival

2 years ago, I took my parents to visit the Leura Gardens Festival and I was like a kid in a toy store.

We bought the Combined Ticket since we were there for the weekend. We wanted to see all of gardens and believe me, you will get your money’s worth.

Leura Gardens Festival will be held from Saturday October 3rd – 11th this year. Gardens are open from 9.30 am – 4.30 pm daily. Proceeds from the festival will go to purchasing equipment for the Blue Mountains District Anzac Memorial Hospital. For full details please see: http://leuragardensfestival.com.au/

It was foggy on our way to the Blue Moutains. The first garden we visited as you can see from the above picture, its just paradise. The garden is situated on the side of the mountain and overlooking Leura.

Leura Gardens Festival

Leura Gardens Festival

This was the second garden we visited. Lots of colours and everything are in bloom!

Cherry Blossoms

Cherry Blossoms

I think the above tree is Cherry Blossom, please do let me know if you know what it is. I would love to grow this in my front garden and just enjoy the glorious flowers.

Espaliered apple

Espaliered apple

I was also getting ideas from the gardens to use for my small garden. This was the first time, I have seen a tree espaliered and the following year my dad and I have put trellises around the backyard. Now I have apples, peacharine and  berries espaliered.

My lunch for today

My lunch

My lunch

My lunch

My lunch

 

 

 

 

 

 

My husband and I have been eating far too much for the past couple of days and we we’re craving for something light and healthy. I couldn’t think of what to make but I remembered we had a lot of salad from my dads garden, fresh Kale from the garden and eggs.

Hope you enjoy!

Complete recipe are:

2 cloves of garlic, 1 tomato, Chinese sausage (optional, you can use any substitute for this). For the greens – kale, lettuce, mint, Vietnamese mint, perilla leaves and spring onions (Use any greens you have on hand, we had leftover’s from our fresh Vietnamese role that I had available at the time) 2 eggs and Parmesan cheese.

Steps:

I sauted the garlic then tomatoes in oil until slightly soft, I then added the Chinese sausage until slightly brown. In another pan, cook the eggs. I like my eggs sunny side up and slightly runny.

Going back to the other pan, add your greens, cover until slightly soft and your done.

Now we plate, transfer the content from your first pan onto a plate, place the eggs on top and for more flavouring, sprinkle with shaved Parmesan cheese.

Hope you enjoy this quick, easy and healthy meal.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spring has arrived…

Persimmon Tree in buds

Persimmon Tree – now in buds

 

Spring has finally arrived! I bought this Persimmon tree last Autumn from my local nursery as a bare root. I always wait for Autumn as bare roots stock can cost up to 40% less – that means I can get more trees. But now, I’ve started to air propagate to cut down on cost and to my amazement, it grew!

Below is my propagated Gardenia, we had hail storm here a couple of months ago and it pretty much shredded all of the foliage of my plants. Luckily, these plants are resilient. I have a bay tree as well that I have propagated.

Gardenia

Getting back to my Persimmon Tree, I was a bit worried that this not survive as I did plant a Mango tree in the same spot last time and it had root rot due to too much rain. This time, I have dugged the hole deeper, added alot of green waste and made sure the tree was raised and SUCCESS, it’s budding now and I cant wait to see the fruits to develop!

Thank you for reading! I’ll make another post on how to air propagate your trees for sharing, to save money or to clone (not sure if that;s the right word) your favourite tree