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A pumpkin like no other

Posted on:
Tuesday, January 8th, 2013
Author:
Lazy Gardener

One of my colleagues brought into the office the other day the pumpkin ‘Galeux D’Eysines’. Bringing in veges to the office is something we often do – sharing in the bounty – but this pumpkin, instead of being shared to eat has now been adopted and adored by all! It is considered way too beautiful […]

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Small spaces – are never too small!

Posted on:
Wednesday, January 2nd, 2013
Author:
Lazy Gardener

I recently returned from a lovely holiday in New Zealand. I stayed with my Aunt for some of the time and travelled the glorious East and West coast of the North Island – I was really overcome at times at the amazing beauty of the place. What I wanted to share from my journey was, […]

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Raised garden beds – pros and cons

Posted on:
Tuesday, December 18th, 2012
Author:
Chook Whisperer

I’ve got several pre-fabricated raised beds in my garden – the ‘tank’ type – and having used them for a few years, have got an idea of the good and bad points of this type of gardening. Here they are! Pros Saves your back: A 70 cm high raised bed brings the growing medium’s surface […]

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Brazilian spinach – a leafy green vegetable for the subtropics

Posted on:
Thursday, December 13th, 2012
Author:
Earthwise

I can’t remember where my first plant of Warrigal Greens. It spread wide in a mat, self-sowed, was unfazed by the hottest summer and always seemed to be available. Moving north to the subtropics I discovered it really disliked humidity and even though it self-sows, the niche it occupies is much smaller. It tends to […]

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Home grown vege protein

Posted on:
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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Home grown tomatoes

Posted on:
Wednesday, August 8th, 2012
Author:
Earthwise

It is very early spring here, not by the calendar but instead by the blossoming of the stone fruit. I know there is a risk of a late frost, so it is still too early to plant out tomato seedlings into the garden. Instead I’m starting them from seed, using my reliable old bottom-heat propagator. […]

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Asparagus bed maintenance

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Thursday, July 19th, 2012
Author:
Chook Whisperer

It’s time to do winter maintenance of the asparagus bed: here’s how I did mine. My two-year-old asparagus crowns were planted in July last year in a raised bed made from sleepers. To keep the chooks and brush turkeys off the bed, we put up a frame (made from poles of an old three-man tent) […]

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Rhubarb rhubarb rhubarb!

Posted on:
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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Petal power

Posted on:
Monday, June 25th, 2012
Author:
Earthwise

Every now and then I give a talk on organic gardening at a club or show. Afterwards I’m often approached with the question “do flowers have a place in the vegetable garden?” This is usually posed in an innocent fashion by one half of a couple, but with an obvious agenda of ‘let’s settle this […]

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