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Beans- one of the easiest vegetables to grow.

  Beans are easy to grow and are one of the most prolific warm season vegetables you can grow. There is no comparison between a fleshly picked organic bean and a shop bought bean. So be warned, after growing your first crop you may never be able to buy beans again! There are many different…

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Why I love Broccoli and a recipe to temp the non-believers.

If you regularly view my Facebook page and read my blog you will know I am a bit obsessed with growing and eating broccoli. Now if you Google the health benefits of broccoli, you will come up with a plethora of hits all extolling the benefits of this super food. Here is a couple of…

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Growing and using Sorrel.

  Is it a herb or is it a vegetable? who cares! Tart, tangy, lemony and sour are all words used to describe this versatile green. Sorrel (Rumex acetose) is an herbaceous perennial, related to rhubarb but is even tougher and less demanding. So is one of the easiest greens that you can grow and…

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Keeping your chicken dry in severe rain events.

If you live just about anywhere down the east coast of Australia,you would have experienced extreme rainfall last week. Here in the Southern Highlands we received over 600mm in 48 hrs, that is approximately 24 inches in the old scale. (I know it has been 40+ years since metric came in but I still think…

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Easy composting with autumn leaves.

If you have never composted, then autumn is a great time to have a go at it. I am not a great composter I don’t have the time to measure out portions of green and brown product, check moisture and pH levels or turn a pile weekly. I find it is all too time consuming…

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Growing and using Broad Beans

If you are in a temperate climate, such as the East coast of NSW, it is time to get your broad beans in. As I am in a cool climate I put mine in about a month or so ago and they are up and growing well. Broad beans are suitable to plant in either…

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Determining when your finger limes are ready to harvest.

Finger Limes, also known as citrus caviar or caviar limes are full of little balls of juice called vesicles, which look like and are referred to as crystals. The crystals are crisp and burst when crunched between your teeth and are just a delightful addition to any productive backyard. This year I have had a…

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Freezing your corn crop.

Every year I always grow more corn then I can consume whilst it is at its best, so freezing is a way to preserve my crop for use later in the year when I am unable to grow corn. Here is a series of photos that explains what I do to achieve this very easy…

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Saving seed from your favourite leafy greens

After several weeks of warm dry weather in the highlands, it is the perfect time for me to be saving seed from my summer leafy greens. I don’t save a lot of seed as I often buy punnets of seedlings or packets of commercial seed, simply because they are easy to pick up at the…

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Preparing a display orchid.

Here is how to turn a $30 potted orchid into a stunning professional looking $100 gift by adding an extra $10-$15 of product and 10 mins of your time. Most of the How to instruction on the internet you see show you how to re-pot an orchid for this kind of display. I do not…

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