Posts Tagged:sustainable backyard food production

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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Controlling scale on my potted finger lime and other citrus

To enable me to grow citrus in a cold climate I have a selection in pots so I can move them into warms spots throughout the year. Now most Citrus can be attached by soft brown scale (coccus hesperidum) but it is particularly prevalent on potted specimens. Brown scale is a sap sucking insect and…

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Get Growing – why not start today!

If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to start a veggie garden or grow more of your own food, but you don’t know where to start or you are having trouble getting motivated, here are some tips Increase your knowledge. Do some internet browsing or buy a book – there are plenty out there.…

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Freezing fresh garlic.

This year I miss timed my garlic harvest and the mature crop was hit with rain. The bulbs were fine but the tops had disintegrated which meant I could not plait and hang them as I usually do. There is something about leaving the dried tops on the bulbs and hanging them, that allows the…

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Preventing fruit fall in Finger limes and other Citrus.

Although we may think that fruit trees produce fruit for our benefit, the reality is that the reason for fruit production is to protect and nourish the seeds within. Production of seed ensures genetic variation and the survival of the species. For plants, survival of the species regulates so much of a plants reaction to…

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Keep your garden flourishing with your own fertiliser tea.

  If you are harvesting food from your garden every few days then you are removing nutrients from the natural system and these need to be replaced. Buying manure or other organic substances that will replace these nutrients can become an expensive exercise if you are trying to keep any kind of area in full…

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Growing asparagus from seed- A cheaper alternative to buying expensive semi mature crowns.

  If you have been following my Facebook posts lately you will know I have had a great crop of asparagus this year. I have 12 mature plants cropping at the moment and I get about 2-3 spears from each plant twice a week. This gives my family several feeds of asparagus a week. I…

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A bit of sage advice on what to plant when in your productive garden

  What to plant when I am often asked “What do I plant now?” Not an easy question to answer as regional weather varies greatly, all areas have varying micro climates and every garden is slightly different. All these variables affect when you put various crops in. As a basic rule, if the weather is warm…

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Dividing your Rhubarb Plants

  In my last post on ” The Joys of Organic Rhubarb” I talk about how it is necessary to divide your plants very three or four years. I also showed you the wonderful red stems of a new plant I had purchased  last season. I was anxious to have more than one of this…

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