Posts Tagged:my productive backyard

The Joys of organic Rhubarb

Rhubarb, one of those wonderful plants you can pop in a corner and forget about. Then every time you want rhubarb and apple pie it is there to pick and cook. Unfortunately for me after an extended dry season, followed by an excessive wet period, my rhubarb died. I was devastated as I have never…

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Bumper Apple crop

It is apple season again and this year I have had a bumper crop. I have five apple trees espaliered along a fence and I have picked 130 kgs of fruit off them! Quite extraordinary. The five trees take up 20 meters of length, about ½ meter in width and 1.3 meters tall. Not a…

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Growing Thai pink egg tomatoes

In recent years I have given up growing large fruited tomatoes in the Southern Highlands, as it is often too humid and the growing season is not long enough or hot enough to get a decent crop. I finish up with buckets of green tomatoes that I have to convert into green tomato pickles and…

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A Changing of the Seasons

  There is a real autumn feel in the air at the moment and the colouring up of the Manchurian pear and Robinia, makes me realise that autumn is nearly here. The same is happening in the veggie garden, summer crops are finishing and the cooler air temperature are favouring the growth on those in-between…

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Maintaining your backyard chicken’s housing.

I am a great believer that prevention is better than trying to remedy something once it has happened. This is very true for maintaining the health of a backyard chicken flock. So to prevent infestations of lice and mite, the build-up of deep litter that can become very smelly and to generally keep your chooks…

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Freezing beans-A series of picture instructions on how to freeze your excess beans.

              Do you have a glut of Beans at your place too? Share your harvest with the community on either Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Google+ or Twitter!   Happy Gardening, Kathy.

Why Thunderstorms and Lightning are good for the garden.

This summer has been extraordinary in the garden, it is lushest and greenest I have ever seen it in mid-summer. I usually spend January trying to supplementary irrigating everything because it is so hot and dry. Not this year. I cannot seem to keep the lawn under control or keep up with the pruning and…

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Hail to Summer – What to do when Hail hits the Garden.

Continuing on with how to prepare your garden for extreme weather events, the next few blogs will cover thunderstorms. Thunder storms usually bring lighting, heavy rain and/or hail and strong winds. This week has been a shocker for thunder storms in NSW and here in the meadow we have had hail of varying sizes just…

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Gifts from the Garden – Tarragon Vinegar

Each year when the tarragon puts out its first flush of new growth after hibernating all winter I make tarragon vinegar. This is not hard to do and the resulting product is, I think, superior to the expensive, hard to find store bought alternative. Tarragon is one of the classic French cooking herbs with a…

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Saving the Apple crop!

This morning I went for my normal weekly stroll around the garden to formulate my “To Do “ list for the weekend. Fortunately the first thing I found was a couple of issues with my espalier apples. So if I am to save the crop I needed to spend today doing a few intervention jobs.…

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