Posts Tagged:sustainable living

Controlling brown rot in peaches and nectarines organically.

Due to the excessive amount of rain and humidity last summer I lost all my stone fruit to Brown Rot. This is a fungus that literally causes the fruit to rot and turn brown, hence the name. It can affect the plant at various stages of growth, causing blossom to turn brown, wither and die…

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Why you should not grow potatoes in tyres and my favourite space saving growing methods.

Many years ago it was very trendy to grow potatoes in recycles tyres. They were cheap (usually free) and very accessible. The reason this growing method was so popular was because it was so easy – just throw a tyre on the ground pop in a couple of sprouted potatoes cover with soil and water.…

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The Joys of organic Rhubarb

Rhubarb, one of those wonderful plants you can pop in a corner and forget about. Then every time you want rhubarb and apple pie it is there to pick and cook. Unfortunately for me after an extended dry season, followed by an excessive wet period, my rhubarb died. I was devastated as I have never…

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Having a happy, healthy flock of backyard chooks – Preventative Backyard Chook care.

I generally have very few problems with my flock and I think this is because I always try to prevent any problems arising. So I thought I would share with you some of the things I do. General good practice for backyard chook keeping • Always purchase healthy, good quality stock from a reparable breeder…

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Bumper Apple crop

It is apple season again and this year I have had a bumper crop. I have five apple trees espaliered along a fence and I have picked 130 kgs of fruit off them! Quite extraordinary. The five trees take up 20 meters of length, about ½ meter in width and 1.3 meters tall. Not a…

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Making Comfrey ointment

Comfrey ointment/salve It is inevitable if you are a gardener, spending time planting, weeding, thinning, pruning, hedging, mowing and generally working hard, that you will eventually come of second best and sprain or strain something. At the moment it is my wrists and forearms that are not faring so well and are aching after a…

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Why Thunderstorms and Lightning are good for the garden.

This summer has been extraordinary in the garden, it is lushest and greenest I have ever seen it in mid-summer. I usually spend January trying to supplementary irrigating everything because it is so hot and dry. Not this year. I cannot seem to keep the lawn under control or keep up with the pruning and…

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The joys of a containerised living Christmas tree.

I love a live Christmas tree; in fact I absolutely refuse to have a plastic one in the house. But I do find the hassle of either picking up a pre-cut, or going and cutting a live tree in those weeks leading up to Christmas a hassle I could do without. Then there is the…

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Growing Spring Onions all year.

It can be a bit confusing when talking about spring onions (or are they shallots or are they scallions) as there are lots of small onions with lots of different names, but when I am talking about spring onions I am referring to the onion which produces a slender white stem and hollow, cylindrical, dark…

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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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