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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 imaginative…

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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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Super spring organic fertiliser mix.

I have been using this mix for many years and have always had good results. This is a one off spring application and then I supplement with fertiliser teas or commercial liquid fertilisers at different times during the year depending on the type of plant growth I want. Historically the basis of the mix was…

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Changing the world – one garden at a time.

Just a follow up on from last week’s post where I asked people to let me know how much backyard food production is happening in their neighbourhood, which has led me to put some tips together on how we could spread the word about the joys of the productive backyard. The straw poll turned up…

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How much home grown food production is happening in your local area?

I am forever extolling the virtues of the backyard veggie garden and have been heartened by the increase in interest in home grown food over the last decade but I still think there is so much more we can do. I like to travel by train whether it be in Sydney, in another Australian cities…

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Sustainable and environmentally friendly Ideas for entertaining the kids during the winter school holidays.

Chances are if you are reading this, you have not jetted off to warmer parts for the school holidays and are looking for some ideas to keep the kids occupied during these holidays. Some people dread the thought of the kids being home from school, where as I always enjoyed the lack of hassle and…

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Growing and using Sorrel.

  Is it a herb or is it a vegetable? who cares! Tart, tangy, lemony and sour are all words used to describe this versatile green. Sorrel (Rumex acetose) is an herbaceous perennial, related to rhubarb but is even tougher and less demanding. So is one of the easiest greens that you can grow and…

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