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HOME-MADE GARDEN REMEDIES

Whenever I have to make Chilli Jam or Chilli Sauce I need to remove the seeds from our home grown chillis because they are far too hot to use with the seeds in. Trying to have an organic vegetable garden I need some way to use all the chilli seeds and at the same time  Full Article…

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The Onion Family

Garlic 2010 – My first attempt at garlic was a total disaster. I scavenged through Woolworths for sprouting garlic bulbs, and planted a whole bed. They just sat and looked miserable for months and then got attacked by a plague of aphids or thrips (not sure which because it happened while we were on holidays  Full Article…

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Growing Radish

This was something that all the gardening programs showed being planted. They were praised for their quick turn around time but no-one mentioned what to do with them once grown. I had space between the rows in the garlic and onion bed and some radish seeds so decided to give it a go. When it  Full Article…

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Zucchini growing

In the Garden 2010 When you have zucchini in the garden you really have it. I planted six plants, six different varieties this year (2010) – only two of them really excelled – the yellow and the round rondo. From these we still had a glut. I planted them too close together in a bed  Full Article…

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Beetroot growing

We had not really eaten beetroot before growing it. What a fantastic vegetable. Really good for you, easy to grow, tastes great, tastes best raw, fantastic in juice, when pickled it is so much better than the tinned stuff and you use the lot of it. The leaves taste much better than silver-beet.  Next year  Full Article…

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Asparagus Plants

2012 My second long term project for this year, the other being rhubarb, was planting asparagus crowns. I had tried planting two crowns last year but it was a disaster because I planted Vietnamese mint in the same bed and the Vietnamese mint loved the conditions far more than the asparagus did. When I finally  Full Article…

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Rhubarb Plants

2012 – a new addition to our garden this year are 5 rhubarb crowns. On reflection I think that this will give us more rhubarb than any of us will want to eat so after jam, crumble and juice what will we do with the excess. I have already been pondering who I will give  Full Article…

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Olive Trees

2012 – We have three olive trees – have had them for about ten years and they have barely produced any fruit. Mostly the reason that our trees bear so poorly so that we do not water things, I plant but I am not good at regular maintenance items like watering. This year we have  Full Article…

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SPRING PLANTING

2011 1st week of September: Time to clean out the beds that had remnant Summer crops. I had left things that looked like they still had some potential to produce something. I had pruned the eggplants and capsicum thinking that I could encourage them to produce new growth and get an early start on the  Full Article…

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Turnips

Growing Turnips This year I planted turnips in the garlic bed, just to fill the space at the end of the row and because I had never eaten turnips – except in stews, and bought in those prepacked soup mix packs from Woolworths, the ones that have a couple each of carrots, celery, a potato,  Full Article…

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Planting Zones

Zones Most guides split Australia into regions to help you decide what to plant when. This is confusing because each guide has us ina different region. Add to that the seed packets and the labels on purchased seedleings also have theri own opinion. I think that a combination of what suits me out of what  Full Article…

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Crop Rotation & Plant Families

This is a collection of things that I have found on the internet to help me make sense of what should be planted in what order. Lots of gardeners have been doing this for years so I figure that the knowledge that is out there should be used. I will need to be gardening for  Full Article…

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Vegetable Garden Extension

  The Plan Since potatoes, pumpkins and melons take up so much space I have decided to extend the garden out of the protected arches. I only got 5 pumpkins from a big area of the arches – hardly enough to last a few weeks in the pumpkin soup season. Potatoes grow under straw and  Full Article…

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The Arches

Out here everything grows, given a bit of water, but we rarely get to eat any of it. It’s the rats, bats, possums, cockatoos, geese, chooks and ducks that get first pickings. I don’t mind sharing but that is not the way it is working. We have lived here for 12 years now and haven’t  Full Article…

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