Outdoor Kitchen : Pizza Oven & Herb Garden

Episode synopsis

The Morris family spends a lot of time in the garden – Anne is an artist who takes inspiration from the backyard for her paintings, whilst her husband Tim uses their outdoor pizza oven to cook food for the whole family. With a large family that loves to eat together, they want to improve their garden and add some finishing touches in time for their grandmother’s 80th birthday party. In addition to adding more native plant to the garden, Charlie helps to create a herb and vegie patch that can provide all the ingredients for their home-cooked pizzas, while Juliet gives them some tips to make this memorable day even more special.

The Garden

Clearing and weeding

Clearing and weeding is the first thing to do when making over your garden. Get your friends and family round to help out with a large space, and get stuck in!

For easy weeding of large spaces use Yates Zero Glyphosate Weedspray Big Gun. This weedkiller is in bulk packaging with a high quality trigger to make weeding easy.

Continuous weeding will ensure your garden will be kept weed free and well maintained all year round. For paths and pavers, use a Yates Zero Weeding Brush filled with Yates Glyphosate Weedkiller (concentrate). This spot application avoids weedspray drifting onto surrounding areas.

Tips and tricks on getting the most out of your vegie patch:

As the price of fruit and veg hits an all time high and the recession is on everyone’s agenda, what better way to save on costs that to plant your own vegie patch. Here are some tips from Charlie Albone on how to start your own:

• Plant your vegie patch in an area that receives a lot of sunlight – at least 6 hours a day
• Prepare the garden bed by mixing improved soil with the old, then mix in some Yates Dynamic Lifter Organic Plant Food to add organic goodness
• Blend in some Yates Blood & Bone Professional with Potash into the top of the soil to improve soil health and slowly release nutrients
• Plant seeds or seedlings into damp soil and keep moist whilst they’re germinating.
• Water the seeds or seedlings immediately with Yates Nature’s Way Seaweed Booster - but don’t water them too much!
• To protect against pests, use Blitzem Snail & Slug pellets
• Feed every couple of weeks with Yates Thrive All Purpose Soluble plant food for rapid growth and remember to remove crowded seedlings so that the plants have room to grow
• Make sure you fence off the area to protect vegies from animals
• Don’t be scared to experiment with other vegies, not just carrots! Select your favourite vegies and learn how best to care for them as they grow

Tips and tricks to get the most out of your plant bed:

Spring is the perfect time to bed in new plants for the coming warm season. Here are some tips on how to make the most of a new plant bed:

• Get rid of weeds by spraying Yates Zero Rapid weed killer. It works quickly and won’t leave residues in the soil.
• Before planting, dig the soil to aerate and help de-compact it
• When placing plants into the ground, dig a hole twice as wide as the pot and only just as deep. This will encourage the roots to grow into the surrounding soil and give the plant stability
• Place the plant in the hole and firm the soil back around it
• Drench the area with water and Yates Nature’s Way Seaweed Booster to help get the roots growing out into the surrounding soil
• When the planting is done, layer over the top of the soil with mulch to help hold moisture in the soil and keep weeds at bay. And here’s an extra tip: feeding with Yates Nature’s Way Fish Emulsion will aid fruit and flower growth

Potted herbs

Herbs are a great starting point to begin growing your own produce at home. The easiest way to grow herbs is in pots and Yates Tuscan Edge Troughs are ideal. They’re self watering, too, which means water gets through to the roots easily and there are no messy saucers to collect grubby water and breed unwanted pests. When planting herbs and seedlings in pots, make sure you follow these steps:

• Always use a quality potting mix such as Yates Professional Potting Mix which has added soil wetters, water-storing crystals and a natural bio-stimulant to accelerate growth. Remember to look for the Red StandardsMarks on your potting mix bag - it’s your guarantee of quality
• Tease the seedlings out of their existing pots
• Pot into the hole, ensuring you bed them down gently but firmly. Then water to remove any air pockets within the soil
• Feed regularly with Yates Thrive Soluble All Purpose to encourage rapid growth
• Control leaf-eating grubs with Yates Nature’s Way Caterpillar Killer Dipel as it has no withholding period (which means you can wash and eat your herbs straight away!)
• If your herbs start to get bushy, make sure you pick them to ensure they keep growing and pinch out any flowering stems. Otherwise they might go to seed and die.

Tips and tricks on getting the most out of a small space:

• Soften a deck or paved area with pot plants to break up the space.
• When potting plants, always use a quality potting mix such as Yates Professional Potting Mix which has added soil wetters, water-storing crystals and a natural bio-stimulant to accelerate growth. Remember to look for the Red StandardsMarks on your potting mix bag. It’s your guarantee of quality
• Remove the plants from their existing pots and gently tease the roots.
• Pot into the hole, ensuring you bed them down gently but firmly. Then water to remove any air pockets within the soil
• Fertilise with Yates Acticote – Pots, Planters & Garden Beds, which has a 12-month controlled release fertiliser and added instant booster for fast and long term results

The Party

Creating the perfect ‘pizza garden’

Pizza is a firm favourite across many households and outdoor pizza ovens couldn’t be easier to install or even build yourself. You can make the most of your pizza oven by using ingredients that are picked fresh from the garden. Create the ultimate ‘pizza garden’ by including segments of favourite pizza toppings such as capsicums, tomato, basil, oregano, zucchini etc.
Building your own pizza oven couldn’t be easier. Look on the internet or visit your local hardware store and talk to a sales attendant about local suppliers in the area. Alternatively, look through gardening magazines and websites online to get hints and instructions on how to build your own.

Tim’s Top Pizza Recipe

Roll out a dough base onto a pizza tray
Smother in tomato paste
Layer on your favourite toppings. Tim’s include:
o Prawns
o Chilli
o Garlic
o Pepperoni
o Spanish Onion
Sprinkle with fresh herb and vegies from your garden
Drizzle grated cheese over the top and place in your outdoor pizza oven until the cheese has melted and the base is crispy!

 
 

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Posted by Kim84Report
very helpful and interesting