Marcelle Nankervis is a Horticulturist who has worked in the Horticultural Media for over 16 years.
She is passionate about Permaculture, Sustainability and Gardening for the Future.

Marcelle regularly writes for Your Garden magazine and Better Homes and Gardens.
Her first book was Plants for Australian Dry Gardens (Murdoch Books).
Marcelle's second is Smart Gardening (Exisle Publishing).

Welcome to my Blog!

As a horticultural writer I often come across people, stories, tips, tricks and real gems of information that never really make their way out of my notebook. I am hoping to share a few of these insights here as well as my own gardening experiences, which includes getting my children excited about plants.

I believe that a strong connection with the garden and our landscape when we are young is vital. I am hoping that educating my children in "Green Living" and "Smart Gardening" will provide them with the fundamental building blocks necessary for them to live long and healthy lives, while also doing their bit in helping to create a sustainable and green future for all.

Happy Gardening!

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Pigs and Cheese

We have been so busy on the farm that I have had little time for anything else ... including updating my blog!

We have a new little pig ... Hugo. He will be the Sire of our future piglets and If I do say so myself, he is quite the charmer!

We have moved the girls to a new paddock where they can romp and play and furrow ... did I mention that they are furrowing!!

Last week I made my first cheese, well sort of cheese. It was made from my home-made yoghurt and it was easy and so delicious. I am definitely adding that one to my repertoire - Thanks again Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall.

But today is the really exciting day. Today is the day I make my first hard cheese.

The making of cheese has been grossly delayed in our home due to the somewhat complex issues of setting up a cheese cave. Honestly, it has all been just a bit too mystifying for me. However; after a great deal of research, I have found the solution - a wine fridge with a lower temperature rang ( 9 -16 degrees Celsius), just perfect for cheese!

Now I have a place to store and age my cheese, I can finally have a crack at making it. I was going to do a cheese course but they never seem to be on the right day or running the right course for me so I thought, in true Ellendale Farm tradition, that I would just have a crack at it.

Finger's Crossed!