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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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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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How to use your wonderfully exotic Finger lime crystals.

Finger Lime crystals are probably the most intriguing food ingredient I have ever come across and I am finding wonderful new ways to use them by experimenting and adding them to as many dishes as I can. So what does the finger lime add to a dish? Flavour Whilst most descriptions of this fruit’s flavour…

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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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Saving seed from your favourite leafy greens

After several weeks of warm dry weather in the highlands, it is the perfect time for me to be saving seed from my summer leafy greens. I don’t save a lot of seed as I often buy punnets of seedlings or packets of commercial seed, simply because they are easy to pick up at the…

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Preparing a display orchid.

Here is how to turn a $30 potted orchid into a stunning professional looking $100 gift by adding an extra $10-$15 of product and 10 mins of your time. Most of the How to instruction on the internet you see show you how to re-pot an orchid for this kind of display. I do not…

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Controlling scale on my potted finger lime and other citrus

To enable me to grow citrus in a cold climate I have a selection in pots so I can move them into warms spots throughout the year. Now most Citrus can be attached by soft brown scale (coccus hesperidum) but it is particularly prevalent on potted specimens. Brown scale is a sap sucking insect and…

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Preventing fruit fall in Finger limes and other Citrus.

Although we may think that fruit trees produce fruit for our benefit, the reality is that the reason for fruit production is to protect and nourish the seeds within. Production of seed ensures genetic variation and the survival of the species. For plants, survival of the species regulates so much of a plants reaction to…

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Growing asparagus from seed- A cheaper alternative to buying expensive semi mature crowns.

  If you have been following my Facebook posts lately you will know I have had a great crop of asparagus this year. I have 12 mature plants cropping at the moment and I get about 2-3 spears from each plant twice a week. This gives my family several feeds of asparagus a week. I…

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A bit of sage advice on what to plant when in your productive garden

  What to plant when I am often asked “What do I plant now?” Not an easy question to answer as regional weather varies greatly, all areas have varying micro climates and every garden is slightly different. All these variables affect when you put various crops in. As a basic rule, if the weather is warm…

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