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Growing lettuce – easy leafy greens to grow

How to buy lettuce seedlings or seeds Lettuce is one of the world’s favourite salad crops, and something that can be easily grown either from seed or seedlings. There is an amazing range of lettuce, from one-serve meal types such as the butter and mignonette varieties, to ones with ornate and decorative leaves like radicchio, ‘Red Coral’ and oak leaf ... Read More »

Basil varieties to grow

pictured above: sweet basil & purple basil We have all used the common sweet basil. Now its time to grow the other basil varieties. Lemon (Ocimum citriodorum) or Lime basil Lemon basil gives a great citrus zing to salads and stir fries. (annual) Thai basil (Ocimum basilicum ssp.) Plant the beautiful and delicious Thai basil year-round in frost-free zones. Its distinct ‘licorice’ flavour ... Read More »

Passionfruit Melting Moment Recipe

For a truly pleasurable experience, find a moment to enjoy these passionfruit delights. Ingredients 250g unsalted softened butter 1 tsp vanilla extract 1/2 cup icing sugar, sifted 2 cups plain flour 1/3 cup cornflour Passionfruit Filling 60g butter, softened 1 large passionfruit 1 cup icing sugar Method Preheat oven to 160˚C. Line two flat baking trays with baking paper. Cream ... Read More »

Spring Herb, Fruit & Vegies Planting Guide By Regional Zones

What vegetable plants, herbs and fruits will grow in your garden this Spring? Have no idea? Then refer to our regional zone planting guide! It’s so easy, just locate your  zone on the map and discover all the vegetable plants, herbs and fruits you can be enjoying at the kitchen table! Happy Spring Gardening! Subtropical (includes: South-east Qld & Northern NSW) HERBS – ... Read More »

How to plant and grow onions

Onions are a kitchen pantry essential and compared to other vegetables are very easy to grow in poor soil.  Plant onions seedlings to guarantee a good supply at the ready. Planting onions Autumn and winter are a great time to plant onions. They tolerate poor soils and dislike fresh fertiliser. Good drainage is essential — raised beds in an open, ... Read More »

How to grow a pineapple

This summer try growing a pineapple. Pineapples are part of the bromeliad family so naturally they will grow well in warmer weather. They grow extremely well in sub-tropical and tropical climates and look striking potted up in large pots. A real statement for patios and a talking piece when the pineapples start to appear.  To start the process, buy a ... Read More »

Growing Mulberries

It is such 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. Mulberries will be forming on their trees soon. Unlike raspberries and boysenberries which prefer a cool climate, mulberries are ... Read More »

Vegetable Companion Plants – Autumn

Vegetables companion plants autumn about the garden

   If your planting a vegetable garden this Autumn, it’s a good idea to keep some basic companion planting principles in mind when sowing or planting vegetable seedlings. Situating your vegetable plants next to the ‘right friends’ is a bit like socialising at a family gathering. Think about it, your more likely to engage and have a good time with ... Read More »

Growing Spices at Home this Spring

Growing Spices at Home this Spring in the garden

Replicating the intoxicating aromas and flavours we experience in restaurants can be as simple as obtaining high quality spices, and there’s no better way than growing spices at home this spring! Spice History The spice trade has a rich history. In the early days, spices did more than simply improve the flavour of food — they served in the vital function of food preservation. Early sea traders ... Read More »