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Successive Planting.

One of the most important things that backyard producers need to learn is how to have a continuous production of food. The feast or famine production of many backyards can be both frustrating and demoralising. Not to mention a waste of energy, mostly your labour, and money. I have had the experience of planting a…

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Why I will be growing more purple and red varieties of vegetable this season.

If you regularly follow my blog you will know I have a bit of a love affair with purple /red vegetables When I lasted looked I permanently grow: • Blueberries • Purple asparagus • Rhubarb with it brilliant red stems • Reb leafed sorrel • Figs And annually I regularly grow: • Purple potatoes, carrots…

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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 this week, 15th July.

Here in the Southern Highlands with nearly three weeks of frost, some severe, the ground is too cold to be doing and direct seed sowing this week. So this week I will be planting seeds into punnets of Asian greens, Broccoli, snow peas, English spinach, rocket and coriander. Now the English spinach, rocket and coriander…

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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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The joys of the self-sown cherry tomato.

Many years ago, (about 23 to be exact) I purchased a popular gardening magazine which had a packet of tomato seeds attached to the front of it. They were called Tommy Toe and there were only about 10 seeds in the packet. I dutifully sowed the seed and they all germinated. I planted them into…

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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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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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