Sustainable Organic Gardening

Calendula – make a date

Posted on:
August 11, 2014
Author:
admin
Calendula Flower

You might find the name of this flower a bit confusing as it is also called Pot Marigold or English Marigold, without actually being a marigold at all. I like to grow calendula in my vegetable garden; it adds a nice splash of colour and seems to readily self-sow. Calendula petals make a great addition […]

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White Asparagus – heavenly!

Posted on:
August 5, 2014
Author:
Lazy Gardener
White Asparagus Spears

I’ve just recently returned from a wonderful trip to Spain. My partner and I decided that the main aim of the trip was to eat and drink our way around this wonderful country. We even deliberately lost weight in preparation for the holiday! Well, we achieved what we set out to do – tasting some […]

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Tomatoes – the next generation!

Posted on:
April 1, 2014
Author:
Chook Whisperer
Tomato seed properly cleaned and dried can last up to nine years

With the last of the glorious, sweet summer tomatoes gracing our salad bowls, it’s time to save the seeds of our favourite types. If possible, save seed from the best-looking fruit on the healthiest plant. There are two simple methods for saving the seeds: the simplest “if I don’t do it now I won’t get […]

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Luffas – a whole new angle

Posted on:
February 11, 2014
Author:
Chook Whisperer
Small angled luffas topped and tailed

Angled luffa is a very popular ingredient in Asian cooking, especially in Thai or Chinese dishes. There are lots of yummy-sounding stir-fries, soups and noodle dishes featuring this versatile vegetable, but it is its suitability as a warm-climate stand-in for zucchini that’s the subject of this blog. Whereas squash and zucchini plants tend to suffer […]

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The Beet goes on

Posted on:
January 30, 2014
Author:
Lazy Gardener
There are many varieties of beetroot

Remember the soggy sandwich made of white bread, coloured by mum’s tinned beetroot, sitting in plastic wrap at the bottom of your lunchbox? That lunch box ‘treat’ almost succeeded in putting me off beetroot for life… however I’ve re-established my relationship with beetroot over the past few years, knowing that fresh is best and trying […]

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Pumpkin Paradise

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December 13, 2013
Author:
Chook Whisperer
Pumpkin Barrow

This festive season, why not roast a crown of thorns as part of your Christmas dinner? Or hunt down Red October to use as a table decoration? It’s not as strange as it sounds – they are both varieties of pumpkin. Pumpkins – what lovable plants! With an incredible array of fruit shapes, textures and […]

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Survival of the fittest – help your seedlings survive the heat

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November 4, 2013
Author:
Chook Whisperer
Cucumber Muncher Seedling

It’s a very satisfying sight –you’ve just planted out a bed full of healthy, vital seedlings, beautiful and full of potential. You can already taste the delicious, crunchy salad greens! Then, after one hot and sunny day, you discover your young plants sick, wilted, dehydrated or just plain dead. I don’t think I’m alone in […]

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A winter treat – Peruvian ground apple

Posted on:
June 28, 2013
Author:
Earthwise
Yacon Tuber

Yacon – otherwise known as the Peruvian ground apple, strawberry jicama, Bolivian sunroot, llacon, sweet-root and ground pear – is ready to harvest now. We eat its sweet, juicy tubers raw, cooked or added to juices. I love this winter sweet treat with its great crunchy crispness; it tastes to me like nashi pear and […]

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Mummified!

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May 30, 2013
Author:
Lazy Gardener
Mummified Nectarine Fruit

When is a mummy not a mummy? When it’s a daddy or a dried up piece of fruit! In this case it’s mummified fruit on a very sick nectarine tree somewhere in a backyard in Sydney. Oriental Fruit Moth, rust. Brown Rot causes the mummified fruit to stay on the tree rather than dropping. fungal. […]

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The sweetest pea of all

Posted on:
May 6, 2013
Author:
Lazy Gardener
Sweetpea Old Spice

Sweet Peas really are to me one of the sweetest to look at and deliciously fragrant annuals you can grow in the garden. And it’s getting close to planting time! In Australia, the traditional day for sowing Sweet Peas is on St Patrick’s Day, March 17th , but of course in our dramatically different climate […]

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