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Nature’s Pest Controllers

Nature has quietly converted me to the organic style of gardening. I have adopted the principle that - Unless something's eating your garden, you're not...
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10 Reasons Why I Want More Wicking Beds

My 11-year-old garden beds are starting to show signs of falling apart so I will need to replace them soon.  Any new garden bed I...

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The Colour of Carrots

Last carrot growing season I decided to experiment with a few  of the coloured varieties that are available these days.   I was delighted with...

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The Four Steps to Powdered Ginger Heaven.

This week I found out how easy it is to turn your fresh Ginger into a fantastic fragrant powder.  With just a little effort I...

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Of Grapes and Gripes

I live on the coastal fringe of the Hunter region of Australia,  which is well known for its fine wines.  So you would think any...

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One Week of Early Summer Harvest

It has not been a problem eating the recommended serves of vegetables over the last  week.  I have had an absolutely bountiful harvest of fresh...

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Don't be a Whinger – Freeze Ya' Ginger

I am a bit of a tragic when it comes to Ginger.  I just love the taste of fresh ginger in my smoothies for breakfast, eating it...

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Turmeric – Fresh to Dry in 3 Steps

Every time I post a picture on my Facebook page of Turmeric, it has attracted heaps of interest.    It’s Turmeric harvest season in my...

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Freezer to Frying Pan Garlic

I confess, not all of my garlic bulbs are suitable for long term storage. Some have thin skins or have been damaged. Some inevitably do...

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Perils of a Summer Veggie Garden

In spite of the rather variable weather, it still has been a pretty good summer in the patch and it's been producing some great veggies.  I...

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Damn, I make a fine Spicy Tomato Chutney!

With the warm weather we have been having over the last month I find myself in the enviable position of having a veggie patch that...

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Growing Plants as Medicine – A Recent Garden Tour

Last year I was given a piece of Turmeric, and I grew it because I thought that I could make curry paste with it.  As...

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The September Spring Garden

September is the month where you can really see the rewards of all of the hard work that you put into your veggie patch over...

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Building a little Greenhouse

It's dangerous to give a veggie gardener like me time to think and dream too much sometimes.  When you allow gardeners time to think and enter into...

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My Number ONE Gardening Rule

If you want to get consistently good harvests of vegetables from your garden there are a couple of rules that you have to abide by....

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Broad Beans – My Recovery from Childhood Trauma!

Broad beans were not my favorite vegetable to eat as a kid.  In fact I really hated them.   If I was to stop and think...

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The birth of my veggie patch. Home of Hunter Backyard Veggie Growers

On a long weekend in June in 2009 we moved into our brand new home on a coastal block near Newcastle in the Hunter region...