Our kids’ patch winner for this issue is Taj Sol from Rosebank, NSW. You’ve won a Patternation Eco-City game which lets you design your very own sustainable city! Choosing from 140 tiles, Patternation allows you to incorporate elements such as community gardens, renewable energy, recycling and emission-free transport to create a great place for the community to live.
SHOW US YOUR GARDEN
Name Minnow Flora
How old are you? I’m 10 years old.
Describe your garden
I have a big garden with heaps of different types of fruit trees, vegies, herbs and berries. I have chickens, ducks, lambs, fish, cats, frogs and a pond full of tadpoles.
What do you grow?
I grow geraniums, tomatoes, pepinos, nasturtiums, lettuces, passionfruits, watermelons, candy melons, irises, babaco, pawpaw, figs and kiwi berries.
What’s your favourite thing to grow in your garden?
My favourite thing to grow is my tomatoes.
Who taught you to garden and what inspires you?
My mum Arana taught me and I am inspired by nature.
What is the most exciting thing about growing food and gardening?
I love watching the plants grow, picking the harvest and sharing it with my family and friends.
MAKE YOUR OWN AIR-DRY CLAY
By Emily Gray, Permaculture South Australia
Get creative with some pantry staples and natural dyes from your homegrown vegies
WHAT YOU’LL NEED
½ cup cornflour (tapioca or rice flour will also work)
¾ cup water
Plant or vegetable dye (food colouring works, too)
6–8 drops essential oil (optional)
- Mix all ingredients together in a medium sized non-stick saucepan.
- Cook mixture over low heat, stirring constantly.
- The mixture will change from a soft paste to a consistency of dough.
- Turn off heat and scoop into a bowl to cool. Cover with a damp tea towel.
- When dough is cool enough, knead until soft. If the mixture is too sticky, add extra flour.
- When not in use, store wrapped in a damp tea towel so it doesn’t dry out.
When it’s time to dry your creation, slow and steady will prevent crumbling. Place on some compostable baking paper and cover with a damp tea towel. Flip the clay pieces the next day to ensure even drying. Leave to dry for at least 48 hours.