Posts Tagged:food production

Deciding what to grow in your summer vegetable garden.

It is that time of the year when everyone is talking about what they are growing in their vegetable gardens and the hardware stores and nurseries are full of seedlings and seed. Sometimes this can be a bit overwhelming and you often see people buying one of everything at the nursery which makes me wonder…

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How to fertilise your vegetable garden for a continual harvest.

I ask a lot from my vegetable garden. As soon as I remove a crop, I am replanting something back into that space. This allows me to make the most of the space  I have and to achieve a great harvest all year long. However, this continual production depletes the soil of nutrients, so I…

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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