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Edible Garden

Vegetables for small spaces

  Tomatoes in hanging baskets For a great space-saving and novel idea, try growing a smaller variety of tomatoes in hanging baskets. Growing tomatoes in pots and even hanging baskets is a great way to control their sunlight and position requirements while adding a degree of functionality to gardens and outdoor spaces restricted in size.  Tomatoes need a sunny site …

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Part 2: Growing Aussie Bush Tucker

Part 2 of Bush tucker plants and how to grow these Australian indigenous plants in your home garden. Finger Lime (Citrus australasica )
  The finger lime is one of many limes native to Australia. It is found naturally on rainforest edges and grows to around 4-6m in height. The bush is extremely prickly, so it’s a good intruder deterrent when planted …

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Quick growing vegetables to grow in Winter

Have fast growing veggies for harvesting within several weeks. Here is a list of veggies to start your productive crop.    Herbs – most herbs can be picked straight away after planting seedlings. For Winter growing herbs, plant chives, dill, parsley and chervil in all climatic zones. Rosemary, thyme and mint will also survive the Winter.   Lettuce – harvest within …

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Citrus tree pests and diseases

Citrus trees are one of the most productive and easy to grow trees in the home garden but just us we love to reap its awards so do pests and diseases. Here is a list of the most common aliments of the citrus tree. Citrus leafminer (Phyllocnistis citrella) tunnels through the young leaves of citrus trees which creates silvery lines. …

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Olive tapenade recipe

Try this healthy olive tapenade recipe for your next indulgent moment with friends or just for you.    Ingredients 2 cups brine cured olives, pitted 4 anchovies, drained 1 small garlic clove, chopped 2 tablespoons capers, drained 2 1/2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 1/2 lemon, juiced Place olives, anchovies, garlic and capers in a small food processor. Process until mixture …

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Growing strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, mulberries

It is one of life’s simple pleasures to walk about in your garden in the warmer months and notice rich juicy berries ready for picking. For most, the temptation is too great and they are consumed right there and then.   Growing Strawberries There’s nothing better than the sweet flavour of home-grown strawberries! Loved by children and adults alike, it’s …

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What leafy greens to plant

There’s something refreshing about spring, isn’t there?  The cool, crisp dewy mornings, easing into warm, comfortable days and ending in mild, lengthening evenings.  It’s this type of day that’s ideal for sowing leafy greens to pick for your first young, tender and crisp salads of the season. ‘Leafy’ greens come in all shapes, colours, sizes and in particular, tastes and …

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How to Grow Broccoli

Broccoli is a wonderful addition to the garden, delicious steamed, grilled, in a stir-fry or added raw to a salad (wonderful with walnuts). Here is everything you need to know how to grow broccoli. Broccoli loves the cold/winter season. It needs good drainage and plenty of sunlight, although late-maturing varieties may prefer some shade to protect them from sudden heat …

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Growing Citrus Trees – oranges, limes and lemons

Growing fruit in your own backyard can be fun, rewarding and just plain delicious. Suited to most climatic zones in Australia and easy to grow, citrus trees are the pick of the crop. Citrus trees are well suited to home growing and with minimal care will reward you for years with juicy, delicious fruit. Now is a great time of …

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Growing Cucumbers

Cucumber is one of the easiest crops to grow and their health benefits and body temperature cooling properties make them an ideal addition to any summer salad.   When to plant cucumbers Cucumbers are a warm season crop and should be sown or transplanted in spring once the soil has warmed up, and through summer. For dry tropics and tropical  …

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