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What I am harvesting in the garden this week -28th June- Winter Carrots.

I love winter carrots, to be able to wonder out into the garden and pull up these wonderful sweet bundles of nutrition throughout the colder months is both a privilege and a pleasure. Here in the Southern Highlands we have been getting frosts for over a month now so our carrots are lovely and sweet.…

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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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Blueberries- freezing your crop.

I have been harvesting a bumper crop of Blueberries this year so I am freezing some so I have Blueberries all year. I thought I would share the process with you in case you are also lucky enough to have excess harvest. The frozen product is not quite as good as the fresh product but…

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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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Repotting a Finger lime

I grow my Finger lime in a pot so I am able to move it into a more protected environment during our cold winters. I only have one and this gives me all the fruit I need. Last year it produced nearly 50 fruit and even though I used it in all kinds of imaginative…

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Changing the world – one garden at a time.

Just a follow up on from last week’s post where I asked people to let me know how much backyard food production is happening in their neighbourhood, which has led me to put some tips together on how we could spread the word about the joys of the productive backyard. The straw poll turned up…

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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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Keeping your chicken dry in severe rain events.

If you live just about anywhere down the east coast of Australia,you would have experienced extreme rainfall last week. Here in the Southern Highlands we received over 600mm in 48 hrs, that is approximately 24 inches in the old scale. (I know it has been 40+ years since metric came in but I still think…

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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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