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Enchanted by eggplant

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Tuesday, November 6th, 2012
Author:
Chook Whisperer

I can’t resist having eggplants in the garden, with their glossy, plump, dark purple fruit and soft, grey-green foliage – they make me feel like a such a successful gardener! I reckon these plants can give most cottage garden flowers a run for their money when it comes to splashes of colour. To me they […]

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Edible flowers – eating not only your greens but your reds and blues!

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Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012
Author:
Earthwise

I grow a selection of flowers in my garden that I can add to salads, stuff with cheese, rice and herbs or use as a colourful decoration on fruit, cheese or salad platters. The vivid blues of borage, bright reds and oranges of nasturtium and the golden and lime hues of the zucchini flowers are […]

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Oyster and shiitake mushrooms – don’t need much room!

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Friday, October 12th, 2012
Author:
Chook Whisperer

I love mushrooms; amongst my favourites are shiitake and oyster mushrooms. Their robust flavours are perfect in stir fries but work well in many other dishes too. They can be quite expensive to buy fresh, but are very easy and satisfying to grow. Your home mushroom farm needs very little space and could be set […]

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In mint condition: spearmint Mentha spicata

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Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012
Author:
Lazy Gardener

This herb is a lovable rogue – don’t let it get the jump on you or it will take over your garden. I planted spearmint and that’s exactly what has happened. A profusion of spearmint. Lucky I like mint. So if you don’t want this to happen to you I suggest growing it in a […]

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Terrific turmeric

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Wednesday, September 12th, 2012
Author:
Lazy Gardener

Most of us know turmeric in powdered form purchased off the grocer’s shelf. I have to admit that I hadn’t until fairly recently used fresh turmeric, when I was given some to try. Turmeric is a tropical rhizome and is part of the ginger family; it is used extensively in Thai and Indian cooking. It […]

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Home grown vege protein

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Wednesday, August 29th, 2012
Author:
Earthwise

I have never wanted to be completely self-sufficient, partly because it would be a full-time job and in its way, quite isolating from other people. The permaculture concept of recognising and living within your bio-region has always seemed both practical and ethical, the ‘Think Global, Act Local’ idea. Supporting my local beekeeper, sourdough bread baker, cheesemaker or local […]

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Crazy for lemons

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Wednesday, August 15th, 2012
Author:
Lazy Gardener

Having followed a simple care routine for your citrus trees, you should be reaping citrus in abundance now. But what to do with them all? Harvesting and storage is easy. I make sure that I harvest any fruit when it’s dry – hard when it seems like it rains most of the time. Lemons and […]

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Rhubarb rhubarb rhubarb!

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Monday, July 16th, 2012
Author:
Lazy Gardener

Until recently I thought all rhubarb was crimson red. I once grew some rhubarb with green stems but I was too nervous to eat it. I thought it was unripe and maybe even toxic, so I bought some from the shop instead. I know better now. It turns out rhubarb can grow crimson red, or […]

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Fantastic fungi

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Thursday, June 28th, 2012
Author:
Chook Whisperer

If I mention the word ‘fungus’, you may picture dark, slimy toadstools amid rot and decay. But to me, the world of fungi is one of jaw-dropping beauty – of many-coloured, weirdly shaped growths of amazing variety. One of the benefits of living in a subtropical area that seems to have had more than its […]

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Granddad’s lemon barley water

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Thursday, June 21st, 2012
Author:
Lazy Gardener

Lovely lemons I love the flavour of lemons – lemon tart, lemon butter, gin and tonic with a twist of lemon… The humble lemon is also heralded as a cure of many maladies, from coughs and colds to halitosis and rheumatism. My fondness for the not-so-humble lemon probably comes from happy memories of being in […]

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