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Mulch-a great addition to the garden but only if it is weed free.

I use mulch everywhere in the garden. In the vegetable garden, the orchard, the cutting garden and ornamental areas. What is mulch- It is anything that covers the soil and excludes light. It is usually some form of organic matter, but it can also be inorganic, such as stones or pebbles. Stones are only suitable…

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Wonderful Wombok.

Chinese cabbage or Wombok (Brassica rapa subsp. pekinensis) is a wonderful cool season crop. It is the perfect late summer/autumn crop as they prefer warmish temperatures of around 18- 20 to become established and grow. They will start to form a head as soon as the temperature drops to an average of 14- 16 degrees…

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Why I have decided not to grow Kale this year.

I am just a bit over Kale. We are bombarded through the media with a constant dialogue on the benefits of, and recipes for this vegetable, but frankly I do not like it. Give me a plate of steamed Broccoli any day. I have been growing Kale for the past 5 or 6 years, being…

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A delicous Spinach Salad

  After picking a bunch of English spinach the other day I was looking for a new recipe to use it in and came across this recipe from Ocean Spray. It looked stunning was easy to put together so why not. As I rummaged through my cupboards and realised I did not have all the…

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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 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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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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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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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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