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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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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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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 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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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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Chooks and Dust Bathing.

Why you must provide a dust bath for your girls. If chooks are let run free they will always find a nice patch of dry soil and dig out a small hollow and immerse themselves in the dust until they are completely coated. Why do they do this? Firstly, it is their natural way of…

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