Sunday, November 19, 2017

Quote of the Week

Guided Tour of the Dickson House

Guided Tour of Kuwait City

Camel Races and Lunch at a Kuwaiti Farm with AWARE

Meet The Godwins on Their Rooftop Garden

A Quick Tour of the Roof Top Garden
November 10, 2017

Stewart G.

The RTG's faithful subscribers have asked and we shall oblige - please come along with us on a little photo tour of the RTG. Right now we have 22 raised beds in which we have almost 450 square feet of growing space. On top of that we also have six GreenStalk grow towers giving us an additional 60 square feet. That's a whopping 1.17% of an acre - on the roof!

So as soon as you exit the stairwell and enter the rooftop proper you have our berry box immediately in front of you on the southern face of the building. The berry box has six of our raised beds containing black berries, blue berries, and raspberries.

Immediately to the left (east) of the berry box is our tool shed.

As you walk back past the door to the stairwell heading northwest on the roof you will pass the pool. Not exactly an integral part of the RTG but certainly a great place to relax after taking care of the garden and part of the rest of the family's sanity stabilizer. As you pass the pool the main garden box is immediately in front of you on the north face of the roof.

Continuing north on the roof as you enter the center of the main box you will notice three large AC units. Again, not the best tings from a growing space point of view and this would all be for naught if those things weren't running a good nine months out of the year - so we built around them. Back to the right (east again) we have our six GreenStalk vertical gardens.

So that's the physical layout of the boxes. Now we can get to the good stuff - what's in them! We'll start in reverse order with the GreenStalk vertical gardens. There's a lot of things growing in the GreenStalks and there was no real pretty way of mapping that out graphically so the table below will have to do. The picture above is taken between towers 5 and 6 with 1 and 2 in the far back of the image.

In preparing the RTG we did a lot of research on what should vegetables should be compatible neighbors, how much space individual plants needed, and the best way to lay everything out. In invaluable tool in that effort was the Old Farmer's Almanac's Garden Planner. Using the planner we were able to get the most production out of the space we had and lay everything out virtually before heading up to the roof with seed and spade in hand. The image below is of all 22 raised beds and our original planting for this season. The planner automatically tells you how many plants of each type you can place in the space that you have and when you save your plan and resuse it from year to year it will also help you with crop rotations.

So there you have folks. We hope you've enjoyed our little virtual tour. This is the first season the RTG has been in this location and configuration so we're still tweaking things here and there but so far we've had a fairly productive season and are finally starting to get some return on our efforts. Berries, melons, tomatoes, zucchinis, and corn are all following or fruiting. The herbs are establishing themselves and even the lettuce towers are starting to hit their pace. We were hoping for a late November harvest but that may be moving into December. Everything should be ready by January and by Feb I'd imagine we'll be replanting for another season before the summer heat hits. Check back often folks to see how things are growing! And as always, thanks for your interest and continued support of the RTGQ8!

More details and orders can be placed on their website [link].

LWDLIK - Wow! Just wow. I've been thinking about our roof for a while now and this has certainly motivated me to do more than think.

This Dog Is Not Dead

Maury's nap time includes eyes half closed, tongue hanging out, twitching, air galloping, muffled barks and squeals.

More Maury the Dog stories [link].

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Quick And Easy Afternoon Fruit Bundt Cake

Tastes really good there was a little of the batter left over so I made me a fruit cake pancake because I couldn't possibly wait until 5pm. You know I like to cheat with my recipes so if you need a quick easy delicious fruit cake recipe let me know.

Winter Football Festival Craft Fayre And Car Boot Sale

The Premier Sport Academy in association with Celic F.C., under the sponsorship
of Porsche Centre Kuwait, Behbehani Motors Company, will hold their 2017 Winter Festival of Football and Carnival event at The PSA Bayan Park location on Saturday 9th December.

There will be lots of attractions for all, including the Porsche Kids Driving School, where the children can take time out from the daily activities to drive the Porsche pedal cars around the specially designed road circuit to promote road and traffic safety.

Attachments area

Sadeer Farm Open Day

Kuwait Industries Expo at Al Shaheed Park

@alshaheedpark showcasing Kuwaiti industries to students, foreign and local investors. You are going to be pleasantly surprised at what Kuwait can do. Three areas in the park are being utilised for the expo. Main event at Circle of Peace.

Salvator Mundi sells for $450 million at Christie's, shattering world record. The Who, What?

Leonardo da Vinci's Salvator Mundi (Saviour of the World) was bought for $450 million (£342 million) in New York on Wednesday evening, shattering the record for the most expensive artwork ever sold.

The painting, which was once part of Charles I's Royal collection and was sold for just £45 in the 1950s when it was mistaken for a copy, is the last remaining Leonardo in private hands.

It sold for a total amount, including fees paid by the winner to the auction house, of $450,312,500 million following 19 minutes of bidding at Christie's in New York - despite lingering questions by some experts over its authenticity and condition.

In Yemen

And on the Myanmar/Bangladesh border

WTH kind of mucked up world do we live in?

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Magical at Night - Al Shaheed Park

There are currently two parts to Al Shaheed Park and to get to the dancing fountain and water parks area (above) you can either walk under the tunnel joining the two parks, passing the concert area and the zubaidi water fall or you can park in the other underground parking on Soor Street approximately opposite street 73 on the map
Sadly, the map hasn't been fully labeled yet. 

Psyched Up for the Gulf Bank 642 Marathon on 18th November 2017

Well organised, lovely helpful staff and great vibes as usual. So excited only 3 days left.

My precious leaving a message for us.

Organic Farming Workshop From Seed To Harvest at Elevation Burger - Free Of Charge

We truly believe that ingredients matter at Elevation Burger, we are launching an Organic Farming program this Saturday and every Saturday from November 18 until December 9 at our Al Seif location, Kuwait City. The program is a combination of theory and hands-on activities and is open to all ages. It is absolutely free of charge.

Participants will witness first hand the process from seed to harvest. Once we reach the last week, participants will be able to harvest the vegetables they planted and take them home. We'll be planting many different kinds of seeds, including but not limited to, beets, carrots, cherry tomatoes, edible flowers, basil, chamomile, kale, pepper, radish, and pumpkin.


American Business Council Christmas Party at Hilton Resort, Mangaf

Christmas Selection of the Year Award Goes to Centrepoint, Awqaf Complex

Okay so please don't judge me but I have been in here everyday for the past three days. Some of us take Christmas very seriously indeed. Thank you Centrepoint for this fabulous assortment of Christmassness. We love you xxx

Centrepoint at Awqaf Complex has great parking in a multi story car park above the store, validated free parking if you make a purchase and a nice little coffee shop to leave the husband in.

Can Not Get Enough of Al Shaheed Park

Tis The Season Calendar 2018

Seasonal Concert at New English School

GLOK - German Speaking Ladies Of Kuwait Seasonal Fair

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Easy Quick Delicious Cheaper Home Made Granola

I make granola once a week because it tastes great and I know what's in it. 
I'm always horrified to see so much sugar in shop bought ones. 

Give it a go..

Easy, Quick Delicious Home Made Granola

Tin of Al Alali oats 400g

1/2 cup of dried coconut (desiccated or sweetened up to you)

3 tsp of cinnamon powder

1/2 cup of sunflower seeds

1 cup chopped walnuts (On sale at Saveco kd 3.900 per kg buy and freeze)

1 cup of chopped hazlenuts 
(or nuts of your choice ie. pecan, almond, more walnuts)

1/2 cup of honey

1/2 cup of oil (corn, sunflower or canola)

 1 cup of dried cranberries (City Centre has them reasonably priced)
(or raisins, currants)

1/4 cup of water


Mix all together except for the dried cranberries (raisins, currants) as they will get hard if cooked too long. Place in large oven proof dish or tray, put in oven at 300F/170C for 10 mins. Take out and mix well, add dried cranberries return to oven for 10-15 mins. Mix well and let cool.


This makes a tasty snack with milk anytime of day or mix with yoghurt and leave in fridge overnight for yummy breakfast.

Keep in an airtight container.

I'm just drying out some apples in the oven which I will try with my yummy granola later.