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How I am using the vertical space created by my vegetable garden enclosure.

It has been nearly 12 months since I installed a steel and mesh enclosure over my vegetable garden. My initial reaction was “wow how easy is it now to access and work in the space” but with time I have started to see the advantages of the structure for use in vertical production. I had…

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Growing organic blueberries

  Home grown organic blueberries are just delightful. Compact  and super easy to grow, blueberries are a must for anyone interested in growing their own food. Blueberries are a long-lived plant and whilst they are expensive to buy, they will give you a lifetime of fruit if planted in the right position and maintained well.…

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Protecting your garden with an enclosure.

Are you thinking of putting in a permanent walk in enclosure for your vegetable garden and fruit orchard? In my opinion it is well worth the investment. When I first started growing vegetables the bird population took a few years to find my garden, perhaps they were too busy destroying my fruit orchard to worry…

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Successive Planting.

One of the most important things that backyard producers need to learn is how to have a continuous production of food. The feast or famine production of many backyards can be both frustrating and demoralising. Not to mention a waste of energy, mostly your labour, and money. I have had the experience of planting a…

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Soup, the answer to all your vegetable intake deficiencies.

Soup an easy way of increasing your daily vegetable intake. I really love soup and vegetable-based soups in particular. Pumpkin, carrot, minestrone, broccoli, mushroom, Borsch (beetroot), leek and potato, tomato, and basil, corn the list is endless. I love just vegetable soups but also make those with some added animal protein such as chicken and…

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Cheap and easy enclosures to prevent birds, possums and other animals eating your fruit and vegetables.

We have a real problem with bower birds attacking the vegetable garden and parrots and cockatoos eating our fruit. So, I have had to come up with ways to prevent our crops being taken. One of the cheapest ways to stop animal attack on your crops is to construct enclosure as per the picture above.…

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A few tips on where to put your vegetable garden.

There is a lot of interest around growing vegetables at the moment so I thought I would share with you a few tips on the best place to site your vegetable garden. These few tips will help get you off to a great start with growing and harvesting your own food. Your vegetable garden needs…

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How to harvest beautiful parsley from your garden all year.

Parsley (Petroselinum crispum). It is a fabulous herb full of nutrients and flavour and very easy to grow all year. There are two main types: Italian flat leaf (continental) parsley and curly leaf parsley. Flat leaf parsley is by far my favourite, with its softer texture and almost peppery flavour I love to use it…

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Make your own Rhubarb Mojitos

I always have lots of rhubarb in the garden around Christmas and for a few years now we have made rhubarb syrup a couple of weeks before Christmas to make Rhubarb Mojitos on Christmas day. It looks very festive and tastes sensational. So, if you have rhubarb in the garden why not try and make…

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Deciding what to grow in your summer vegetable garden.

It is that time of the year when everyone is talking about what they are growing in their vegetable gardens and the hardware stores and nurseries are full of seedlings and seed. Sometimes this can be a bit overwhelming and you often see people buying one of everything at the nursery which makes me wonder…

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