Category Archive for: AUTUMN

March Madness.

Early Autumn is by the far the busiest time of the year for me in the productive garden. In winter I have most of my major crops in so just do a little continuous planting of the quick harvest crops and spring though busy doesn’t have the franticness of autumn and summer is a slow…

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Easy composting with autumn leaves.

If you have never composted, then autumn is a great time to have a go at it. I am not a great composter I don’t have the time to measure out portions of green and brown product, check moisture and pH levels or turn a pile weekly. I find it is all too time consuming…

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Growing and using Broad Beans

If you are in a temperate climate, such as the East coast of NSW, it is time to get your broad beans in. As I am in a cool climate I put mine in about a month or so ago and they are up and growing well. Broad beans are suitable to plant in either…

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Determining when your finger limes are ready to harvest.

Finger Limes, also known as citrus caviar or caviar limes are full of little balls of juice called vesicles, which look like and are referred to as crystals. The crystals are crisp and burst when crunched between your teeth and are just a delightful addition to any productive backyard. This year I have had a…

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Freezing your corn crop.

Every year I always grow more corn then I can consume whilst it is at its best, so freezing is a way to preserve my crop for use later in the year when I am unable to grow corn. Here is a series of photos that explains what I do to achieve this very easy…

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Why you should not grow potatoes in tyres and my favourite space saving growing methods.

Many years ago it was very trendy to grow potatoes in recycles tyres. They were cheap (usually free) and very accessible. The reason this growing method was so popular was because it was so easy – just throw a tyre on the ground pop in a couple of sprouted potatoes cover with soil and water.…

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Potatoes – Which ones to grow and how to cook them.

This season I have harvest several great crops of potatoes. I love to grow potatoes as they are so productive and their nutritional value is fabulous. Here is a simple diagram that lets you know what your average potato contains. I usually plant a number of varieties, based on what I know grows well here,…

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Growing Globe Artichokes

Globe Artichoke (Cynara Scolymus) is a luscious herbaceous perennial that produces lovely big flower buds that when prepared well are just a delight to eat. I also like to grow them as they are a fabulously elegant architectural plant with their large soft many lobed grey-green leaves that are a great addition to any garden.…

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Growing fruit trees in small spaces.

Following on from my blog on growing espalier apples, I thought I would share my other method of growing fruit trees in limited space. This is for those that do not feel they want to go to the trouble or don’t have the time and skills to try an espalier system. This space is 14m…

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The Joys of organic Rhubarb

Rhubarb, one of those wonderful plants you can pop in a corner and forget about. Then every time you want rhubarb and apple pie it is there to pick and cook. Unfortunately for me after an extended dry season, followed by an excessive wet period, my rhubarb died. I was devastated as I have never…

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