Posts Tagged:my productive backyard

Using and Preserving your Apple Crop

    How I am using and preserving my apple crop this year As you would have seen recently from my Facebook post, we picked a great heap of apples this year. I have tried over the last couple of years to store as many as possible in the “beer” fridge (much to the disgust…

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How to grow Broccoli Sprouts- the new Superfood!

  OK so it has been a week and I am now eating my nutritious broccoli sprouts. They are delicious, crisp, nutty and a little bit hot in the way radishes are, but softer. I had intended to juice them but they are so good I am just eating them from the bowl. I put…

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Sprouting seeds and growing micro greens inside this winter.

  I have decided to have a go at growing my own sprouts and micro greens. Why? A few reasons: Firstly I love the flavour and crunchiness of sprouts and although micro greens are really trendy at the moment, they add such a great burst of flavour and freshness to a plate that they really…

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Autumn the Ideal time for Planting Broccoli!

  Broccoli would have to be one of my favourite vegetables to grow, not only because it is tasty and nutritious, with many uses in the kitchen, but also because it is so productive. If it’s looked after properly you can keep harvesting from the same plant for months. For those of you in temperate…

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How to keep Chickens laying in Autumn and Winter

Maintaining egg production during autumn and winter I love to eat fresh organic eggs, but even the best quality commercial product cannot compare to home produced eggs. I have been very disappointed over the years when my flock has gone into moult and I have had no eggs and had to buy them. As a…

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How to make Beetroot Relish

  I like to grow beetroot all year round by planting around 20 seeds a month. Now this normally allows enough for everyday salads, roasting and juicing, but every so often I get a few that grow too big to be used in this way. What I like to do with them is turn them…

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Garden Activities for Kids in Summer

  Welcome to Sowing the Seeds of Sustainability with Kids for 2014 This month, given there is still a little time before school resumes, I thought we might look at some sustainable activities to do with the kids outside. One of the easiest ways to be more sustainable and to reduce your carbon foot print…

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Things you need for your Productive Balcony

Hello Balcony Gardeners! So great to see you have followed us this far – we are now getting to the part of this series where YOU need to do some things! Now is the time where you need to start buying your supplies and getting ready to get your garden made up at home! So…

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What Plants Grow Best on a Balcony Garden?

The biggest issue that you will face in your productive balcony is making sure that you plant things that you know you are going to eat lots of, and producing enough of them to be helpful in your kitchen! My answer – vertical gardens. These will be ready made cedar privacy screens which will have…

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How do I start a balcony garden?

  My daughter and her partner have just purchased a unit in Western Sydney. Got the call a few days ago “I am putting you in charge of “Designing the balcony” Mum, we would like to be able to pick fresh salad greens and veg every day and then have some luxury foods like lemons…

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