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What to plant when. The 30th June.

With the end of June, I am thinking about the spring ahead and this week I am planting seed of Kale and Red and sugar loaf cabbage, just a few of each. Because I am raising my own seedlings I can control the number of plants I put in and with most plants a little…

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What I am harvesting in the garden this week -28th June- Winter Carrots.

I love winter carrots, to be able to wonder out into the garden and pull up these wonderful sweet bundles of nutrition throughout the colder months is both a privilege and a pleasure. Here in the Southern Highlands we have been getting frosts for over a month now so our carrots are lovely and sweet.…

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What to plant when- 23rd June.

Whilst I often post up what I am putting in my garden at various times of the year, several followers have asked if it is possible for me to post up a “what should I be planting this week” each week. Although this information is readily available on many websites it often difficult to locate…

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Happy winter solstice.

Here in Australia the shortest day of the year often indicates the start of colder weather, even though the days will begin to get longer, but in the garden, it is a turning point for plants and often the beginning of the signs of spring. Whist I consider myself a pagan (a member of a…

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Towards a plastic free garden.

I like to think I am pretty green when it comes to not using plastic- I take my own material bags to the supermarket or use cardboard boxes if available, try to buy stuff in glass rather plastic containers,never buy fruit and veg wrapped in plastic,avoid plastic bottled water,use containers and beeswax covers instead of…

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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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