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Preparing your garden for extended dry periods and drought.

  Following on from my blog about preparing your garden for extremely hot days, and as we head into summer, I thought a bit of advice of preparing your garden for extended dry periods would be appropriate. The 1997-2009 drought in eastern Australia was one of the longest and most severe droughts the country has…

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Preparing your garden for extreme weather events.

  It is not your imagination, according to www.climate commission.gov.au , there are more extreme weather events occurring. The hottest day, the worst frosts, strongest winds etc So over the next few weeks I would like to share with you some of the ways I prepare my garden for these extremes. Firstly let’s look at…

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Planting Basil

For me, the middle of October is basil planting time. Although I have experimented with lots of different basils I still seem to prefer the annual sweet basil (Ocimum basilicum). Fresh Basil is a must in Thai beef salad, with fresh tomato on bruschetta, on pizza, in a Napolitano pasta sauce and ratatouille, when the…

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How to keep a continual supply of Coriander and Rocket growing in your garden all year.

Coriander and rocket are both leaves I use constantly, and in great quantity, in the kitchen, therefore I need to keep a continual supply happening in my garden all year. This is not without its challenges, but over the years I have developed some strategies that ensure I have both these delicious herbs available for…

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Harvesting and using your Asparagus crop

  Spring = Asparagus. I love spring for the fact that it is asparagus season. It is a luxury vegetable that I look forward to each year. It has a relatively short harvest time, but is one of the many products I do not buy as it never tastes the same as the spears picked…

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HOW TO GROW FINGER LIMES

Finger limes are often referred to as citrus caviar due to the delicate “crystals” of pulp contained within the fruit. They are a small leafed, spiny native citrus with insignificant flowers, that do not have the usual beautiful citrus perfume. So why would you want to grow them? Several years ago I tasted native finger…

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HOW TO MAINTAIN YOUR POTTED CITRUS

  Citrus are one of those plants that I think are a must in the garden. They have beautiful dark green foliage all year, sensuously perfumed flowers at various times of the year and then produce fabulously colourful edible fruit. They really are the most perfect garden specimen. We’ve already gone through why you should grow…

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WHY YOU SHOULD GROW CITRUS IN POTS

  Why grow citrus in pots Citrus are one of those plants that I think are a must in the garden. They have beautiful dark green foliage all year, sensuously perfumed flowers at various times of the year and then produce fabulously colourful edible fruit. They really are the most perfect garden specimen. However not…

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10 EASIEST VEGGIES TO GROW IN POTS INFOGRAPHIC

  I get alot of questions about what veggies to grow in pots, thanks to the work that I did on that vertical garden last year. Growing veggies in pots is a great way to not only brighten up often bare and bland balconies, but its a great way to cut down a bit of…

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How to Grow Organic Onions

  It is the time of year to be thinking about getting ready to plant your onions. All onions need to be grown in full sun with well-drained, fertile soil and some added organic matter. They prefer a slightly acidic pH (6 to 6.5) and dislike competition from weeds, so either mulch or keep weed-free.…

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