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Bumper Apple crop

It is apple season again and this year I have had a bumper crop. I have five apple trees espaliered along a fence and I have picked 130 kgs of fruit off them! Quite extraordinary. The five trees take up 20 meters of length, about ½ meter in width and 1.3 meters tall. Not a…

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Growing Thai pink egg tomatoes

In recent years I have given up growing large fruited tomatoes in the Southern Highlands, as it is often too humid and the growing season is not long enough or hot enough to get a decent crop. I finish up with buckets of green tomatoes that I have to convert into green tomato pickles and…

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A Changing of the Seasons

  There is a real autumn feel in the air at the moment and the colouring up of the Manchurian pear and Robinia, makes me realise that autumn is nearly here. The same is happening in the veggie garden, summer crops are finishing and the cooler air temperature are favouring the growth on those in-between…

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Making Comfrey ointment

Comfrey ointment/salve It is inevitable if you are a gardener, spending time planting, weeding, thinning, pruning, hedging, mowing and generally working hard, that you will eventually come of second best and sprain or strain something. At the moment it is my wrists and forearms that are not faring so well and are aching after a…

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Maintaining your backyard chicken’s housing.

I am a great believer that prevention is better than trying to remedy something once it has happened. This is very true for maintaining the health of a backyard chicken flock. So to prevent infestations of lice and mite, the build-up of deep litter that can become very smelly and to generally keep your chooks…

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Freezing beans-A series of picture instructions on how to freeze your excess beans.

              Do you have a glut of Beans at your place too? Share your harvest with the community on either Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Google+ or Twitter!   Happy Gardening, Kathy.

Why Thunderstorms and Lightning are good for the garden.

This summer has been extraordinary in the garden, it is lushest and greenest I have ever seen it in mid-summer. I usually spend January trying to supplementary irrigating everything because it is so hot and dry. Not this year. I cannot seem to keep the lawn under control or keep up with the pruning and…

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The joys of a containerised living Christmas tree.

I love a live Christmas tree; in fact I absolutely refuse to have a plastic one in the house. But I do find the hassle of either picking up a pre-cut, or going and cutting a live tree in those weeks leading up to Christmas a hassle I could do without. Then there is the…

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Maintaining the rage- Plant NOW for a continual harvest into late Summer and early Autumn

Things always get a bit hectic around my place at this time of the year and what usually suffers is my successive planting in the vegetable garden. Then in January and February I have no lettuce, rocket or coriander and in late summer as all of my earlier plantings are coming to an end I…

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Hail to Summer – What to do when Hail hits the Garden.

Continuing on with how to prepare your garden for extreme weather events, the next few blogs will cover thunderstorms. Thunder storms usually bring lighting, heavy rain and/or hail and strong winds. This week has been a shocker for thunder storms in NSW and here in the meadow we have had hail of varying sizes just…

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