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Chooks and Dust Bathing.

Why you must provide a dust bath for your girls. If chooks are let run free they will always find a nice patch of dry soil and dig out a small hollow and immerse themselves in the dust until they are completely coated. Why do they do this? Firstly, it is their natural way of…

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The joys of the self-sown cherry tomato.

Many years ago, (about 23 to be exact) I purchased a popular gardening magazine which had a packet of tomato seeds attached to the front of it. They were called Tommy Toe and there were only about 10 seeds in the packet. I dutifully sowed the seed and they all germinated. I planted them into…

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Sustainable Gardening

I have been asked to do a workshop on Sustainable Gardening so I thought I would share with you the notes from my presentation. What is Sustainable Gardening? It is a method of gardening that has as little external input as possible and as little external impact as possible. This is not always easy. We…

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Blueberries- freezing your crop.

I have been harvesting a bumper crop of Blueberries this year so I am freezing some so I have Blueberries all year. I thought I would share the process with you in case you are also lucky enough to have excess harvest. The frozen product is not quite as good as the fresh product but…

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Preparing your garden and potted plants for summer holidays.

As we head into the festive season and the traditional time for most Australian households to take a break, I thought I would share with you some of the things I do to ensure my garden, and in particular my pot plants, survive when I am away on holidays. I use soil wetting agents as…

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SPD (Sudden plant death) To replace or not to replace – a few musings about whether to replace plants that have died in my garden.

I have had a couple of deaths in my garden this year that have baffled me. The first was my Tarragon. I have had the plant growing for many years in a small pot, I keep it in a pot as I must put it into the glasshouse each winter as Tarragon is cold sensitive.…

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Repotting a Finger lime

  I grow my Finger lime in a pot so I am able to move it into a more protected environment during our cold winters. I only have one and this gives me all the fruit I need. Last year it produced nearly 50 fruit and even though I used it in all kinds of…

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Beans- one of the easiest vegetables to grow.

  Beans are easy to grow and are one of the most prolific warm season vegetables you can grow. There is no comparison between a fleshly picked organic bean and a shop bought bean. So be warned, after growing your first crop you may never be able to buy beans again! There are many different…

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Where to buy Australian Finger Lime Plants

I am often asked on the blog about purchasing Finger Lime plants and seeds. The two main questions I am asked are: Should I buy seeds or plants? And Where can I purchase plants and seeds? So firstly, Plants or seeds. Why would I buy a plant? If purchased from a nursery, hardware shop or…

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Why I love Broccoli and a recipe to temp the non-believers.

If you regularly view my Facebook page and read my blog you will know I am a bit obsessed with growing and eating broccoli. Now if you Google the health benefits of broccoli, you will come up with a plethora of hits all extolling the benefits of this super food. Here is a couple of…

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