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Get Growing – why not start today!

If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to start a veggie garden or grow more of your own food, but you don’t know where to start or you are having trouble getting motivated, here are some tips Increase your knowledge. Do some internet browsing or buy a book – there are plenty out there.…

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Freezing fresh garlic.

This year I miss timed my garlic harvest and the mature crop was hit with rain. The bulbs were fine but the tops had disintegrated which meant I could not plait and hang them as I usually do. There is something about leaving the dried tops on the bulbs and hanging them, that allows the…

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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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Keep your garden flourishing with your own fertiliser tea.

  If you are harvesting food from your garden every few days then you are removing nutrients from the natural system and these need to be replaced. Buying manure or other organic substances that will replace these nutrients can become an expensive exercise if you are trying to keep any kind of area in full…

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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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How to look after your Herb Garden

  Having a productive herb garden is such a joy and a great addition to any productive backyard. Being able to access fresh herbs at any time is a real privilege and once you get used to having ready access to a wide range of fresh herbs and enjoying the fabulous flavours they add to…

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How to grow herbs from seed.

Herbs are one of the easiest of all productive plants to grow, but as with all plants there are various ways of establishing plants. Growing them from seed is a cheap and effective way of getting lots of herb plants. Most Herbs can be grown from seed, and in fact it is the best way…

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Why grow your own organic Herbs

Herbs are one of my favourite productive plants, they are cheap to purchase or propagate, will grow just about anywhere and will reward you with lots of produce. I could not imagine cooking without fresh herbs but to buy bunches of fresh herbs every week would be very expensive. So growing my own organic herbs…

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Controlling brown rot in peaches and nectarines organically.

Due to the excessive amount of rain and humidity last summer I lost all my stone fruit to Brown Rot. This is a fungus that literally causes the fruit to rot and turn brown, hence the name. It can affect the plant at various stages of growth, causing blossom to turn brown, wither and die…

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