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The Beet goes on

Posted on:
Thursday, January 30th, 2014
Author:
Lazy Gardener

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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A winter treat – Peruvian ground apple

Posted on:
Friday, June 28th, 2013
Author:
Earthwise

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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Pungent goodness – garlic

Posted on:
Monday, February 11th, 2013
Author:
Lazy Gardener

We have just had our first delivery of lovely organic garlic at Green Harvest this afternoon and we haven’t stopped talking about how to grow it! How to eat it! Best way to peel it! Garlic in olive oil, garlic in baked camembert! How to plant it! Is it really an allium or really a […]

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No phos for us!

Posted on:
Wednesday, December 5th, 2012
Author:
Chook Whisperer

There’s a popular garden myth that states that native plants don’t like fertiliser. That’s really not true – most plants will benefit from fertiliser, there are just a few types of natives that don’t like being hit with a large amount of some nutrients, phosphorous in particular. These plants – including Grevillea, Banksia, Casuarina, Protea […]

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Crop rotation – myth or reality?

Posted on:
Wednesday, November 28th, 2012
Author:
Earthwise

Once again I’ve read in a magazine on organic gardening that it is good practice to use crop rotation. There are lots of reasons for this, particularly as it helps prevent a build-up of soil-borne diseases. Usually though, somewhere in the article it will say ‘your beans and peas are able to provide extra nitrogen […]

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Terrific turmeric

Posted on:
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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Hot ginger

Posted on:
Wednesday, September 5th, 2012
Author:
Lazy Gardener

When I was a child my grandfather always had a ginger jar on the sideboard, more often than not almost empty with just a few crystallised ginger left in it. He had an amazing collection of beautiful ginger jars giving his not-so-secret penchant away. Crystallised ginger is not something I enjoy but the beautiful ginger […]

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