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How to fertilise your vegetable garden for a continual harvest.

I ask a lot from my vegetable garden. As soon as I remove a crop, I am replanting something back into that space. This allows me to make the most of the space  I have and to achieve a great harvest all year long. However, this continual production depletes the soil of nutrients, so I…

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A few tips on how to keep rats and mice out of your chook house.

As soon as the temperatures start to drop in Autumn and during the cold months, especially if there is rain as well, I will often find evidence of mice in my chicken house. Totally understandable from their perspective, it is warm and dry, safe from predators and there is a constant food supply. Rodents are a…

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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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What I am planting this week – 24th July.

Whilst we have had some cool morning in the past week, the days have been quite warm. This type of weather always lulls me into a false sense of security and I start wanting to plant some warm season crops such as beans and carrots- but the ground is still too cold for these to…

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What to plant when. The 30th June.

With the end of June, I am thinking about the spring ahead and this week I am planting seed of Kale and Red and sugar loaf cabbage, just a few of each. Because I am raising my own seedlings I can control the number of plants I put in and with most plants a little…

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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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Towards a plastic free garden.

I like to think I am pretty green when it comes to not using plastic- I take my own material bags to the supermarket or use cardboard boxes if available, try to buy stuff in glass rather plastic containers,never buy fruit and veg wrapped in plastic,avoid plastic bottled water,use containers and beeswax covers instead of…

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Sustainable Gardening

I have been asked to do a workshop on Sustainable Gardening so I thought I would share with you the notes from my presentation. What is Sustainable Gardening? It is a method of gardening that has as little external input as possible and as little external impact as possible. This is not always easy. We…

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