Do you suffer from lactose intolerance, gluten intolerance, constipation, irritable bowel syndrome, yeast infections, allergies or asthma? All these conditions have been linked to a lack of good bacteria in the gut.
It can be argued that antibiotics, pasteurisation, antibacterial soap and disinfectant are just making us sicker!
Your body needs healthy probiotic bacteria to digest, absorb and utilise the nutrients in the food you eat. Lacto-fermented food is a way of introducing and maintaining a healthy population of these probiotic bacteria inside your body.
Would you like to learn how to grow your own nutrient dense and organic vegetables in your garden (whatever the size) to offer your family the best possible nutrition? No previous gardening experience is necessary as I will teach you everything you need to know to begin harvesting your own fresh vegetables.
Would you like to learn how you can ferment this home grown produce and turn them into long lasting, nutritious and tasty food to share with family and friends?
This video based online course will teach your all you need to know about growing and using vegetables and fruit to make tasty and healthy fermented recipes.
In this course you will learn
-what is fermentation
-what vegetables are good to ferment and what are not.
– the process of fermentation.
-learn what the best companion plants for eggplant are.
-learn how to organically manage pests on your brassicas.
-how to grow beetroot and make Beetroot Kvass.
-how to grow organic plums to make Slivovitz.
-how to grow apples trees in an urban setting for a fermented beetroot and apple dish.
-how to grow organic tomatoes to make your own fermented tomato sauce as an alternative to the sugar laden supermarket tomato sauce.
-How to grow daikon and won bok to make your own kimchi.
-secrets to growing great cabbages for sauerkraut.
-how to turn those giant marrow into a wonderful healthy dish full of natural probiotics.
-Learn how to grow and make aubergine, sunflower petal and chilli pickle.
and much more…..
With just under 2 hours of video lessons you can study at your own pace and schedule. Re visit lessons as you wish. At any time you can contact me, Janet Luke, the teacher if you have any questions.
Are you ready to learn these century old food preserving skills to take you and your family to new healthy heights?
Beneficial bacteria, which are found naturally on many plants, can be harnessed to preserve food without the use of of heat, sugar or processing. This is an ancient way of preserving food which has been used for centuries. The ancient Romans ate sauerkraut regularly. Lacto bacillus is the bacteria which causes the safe fermentation of food with this technique. This is the same bacteria which helps turn milk into yoghurt and cheese.
A healthy gut requires resident beneficial bacteria. Eating Lacto Fermented foods helps to seal and heal your gut by drawing out toxins. Food preserved this way is :
-contains no sugar
-is not frozen or heated
The best food to use is your own organically grown vegetables as they are :-
-spray free and organic
-an easy way to preserve your harvest.
The great thing about fermenting some of your vegetables is it does not require you to go out an dinvest in expensive equipment. All that is required to begin are :
-glass jars with tops or seals
-good quality sea salt
-pester and mortar
-spices such as dill, fennel seeds and juniper berries
Beetroot, like most root crops, are best grown directly from seed. They will grow year round but do prefer the cooler weather. All parts of the plant can be eaten. As the plant is growing pick off some of the side leaves for salads and stirfries.
How to successfully grow Beetroot from Seed
This tangy drink is a wonderful start to each day. It is recommended to drink a cup each day and each evening to enjoy all the health benefits. These health benefits include:
This is a wonderful recipe to use up all those large beetoot in the garden.
Sunflowers are easy to grow. Grow from seed and plant in full sun in an area protected from wind. Learn that you can use the petals in salads, stir-fries and jellies.
Bees and butterflies love the pollen and nectar produced from the flowers.
Once the sunflower has finished flowering cut up the stalk and add to your compost as the stalk is very high in carbon.
Save the seeds each season by tying paper bags around the developing seeds to collect the seeds.
Learn about the best growing conditions and soil conditions to ensure you get a great crop each summer of happy faced sunflowers. Learn that even if you only have a small balcony or window box you can still enjoy growing some sunflowers in a container.
Eggplants, capsicums and chilies enjoy the same growing conditions so if space is at a premium in your garden, grow these heat lovers together.
Learn what sort of soil and climatic conditions they all enjoy.
Learn how to prepare the correct soil conditions to ensure that these plants grow well and produce a good crop over summer. Learn how these plants require a long hot summer to produce well. I share some simple ideas to help to raise the ambient temperature around theses plants when growing them in marginal climates.
Learn how to make this wonderfully tasty and colourful dish. The layered ingredients look wonderful through the glass jar.
Plum trees are a great fruit tree to grow in an urban garden as they do not require a lot of care or maintenance. Many are self fertile and can be espaliered against a wall if space is at a premium. Learn how to prune these fruit trees to keep the tree at a managble size and to encourage fruiting.
Learn how plum trees are a good option for an urban garden as they are :
-can be espaliered
-do not require spraying
-are generally disease free
Learn to make this lovely fruity alchohoic drink which is a wonderful mid winter drink.
Cabbages are a mainstay winter crop. It is a member of the brassica family and is related to broccoli, cauliflower and kale.Cabbages like fertile rich soil. They can be eaten by slugs and snails as young seedlings. Learn about the different varieties which can be grown in hte home garden.
Sauerkraut is a fermented dish which has been created by many civilizations over the centuries. It can be made with any type of cabbage and extra spices can be added to the dish. Learn how to measure the amount of slat required per weight of cabbage. Learn how to use this popular dish as an accompliant to many meals
Daikon is an easy to grow member of the radish family but is not commonly grown in most peoples gardens. Learn how to grow this quick growing plant from seed. Understand the soil and climatic conditions required to grow healthy plants. Understand how to use simple ways to keep pests off your growing plants.
Chinese Cabbage or Wong Bok is a very popular cabbage in all Asian cooking. This upright quick growing plant is very easy to grow.
Learn the correct growing conditions, plant spacing's, the form the cabbage will grow to, how to protect from pests and when to harvest.
Bitter melon is not a commonly grown plant but has so many health benefits it should be. One plant can be highly productive. If you have a warm sunny spot in your garden learn how to grow this rambling climber in a large pot.
This dish has a real kick to it thanks to the chili.
Learn how to process the bitter melon to make it more palatable.
The flavour of this fermented dish will maybe not be to everybody's taste but the healthy benefits are huge.
Apple trees are a great option for many urban gardens. Learn the many ways you can grow these trees in a small space.
Learn how to keep them healthy and diseases free using only organic sprays.
Learn to choose the best varieites for your garden space and climatic conditions.
Learn how to grow these vegetables in any space including a pot. Learn what plants make the best companions to encourage healthy growth.
This relish will be a favourite with all the family due to the natural sweetness from the apple. Lern how to maturally process this relish using your home grwon and fresh produce.
During summer your zucchini can get away on you and quickly turn into large marrow. This recipe is a wonderful and easy way to use these underrated vegetables.
In this Lecture you will learn:
-what soil conditions and feeding these plants require
-what climatic conditions they need
-the best spacings between plants
-how to prevent or manage powdery mildew organically
Learn what plants make good companions with zucchini plants and how to grow these lage plants in pots.
Learn how to make this tasty summer pickle which is a great accompaniment for salads, meats and sandwiches.
I am a Landscape Architect with a Masters in Resource and Environmental Planning with Honours. I have a passion for permaculture and urban sustainable living. I have published three books Green Urban Living, Embrace Your Space and Backyard Bounty. I run a interactive website called Green Urban Living and run courses and workshops both in my garden and online.
I have always enjoyed growing vegetables but since having our three children I have become more and more concerned about the state of our environment and the rising cost of living. I want our kids to learn where food comes from and how to grow it, I also want my family to do our bit for the environment and as I do have Scottish heritage, I want to save money and learn to live a more frugal lifestyle, without having to give up my daily Lattes!
Many people think that if you live in an urban environment you can't grow your own food or have animals but after looking through my web-site you will see that that is not the case. My goal is to help you produce more and consume less in ways that make you and your family live a more healthy, sustainable lifestyle, connected to nature, whilst saving money. There are so many ways we can all live more green and eco friendly.