I was given a free bale of hay, and you know me - I never refuse anything free! I don't really like the look of hay in my tropical garden, but laying it out on the weekend I realized it might be just what the garden needed. We mulch most of the leaves that fall from the lychee tree to add to the compost bin, but a lot of the leaves that fall in the garden stay there and eventually rot down. That leaf litter can be a haven for mosquitoes, so a light fluffy layer of hay over the leaves might hide them from the mosquitoes .... just a thought. Probably not.
Bali - the food of my island home by Janet de Neefe, and we had Balinese style Paella. What a gorgeous book - fantastic photos and a little story to go with each recipe! I picked lemongrass, kaffir lime, tumeric, ginger and shallots from my garden. I even buried the prawn shells to break down and add their goodness to the soil. That is totally my kind of weekend in the garden.