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 4 Vegetable Gardening Tips You Need to Know I love gardening! Specifically, I love vegetable gardening. For me, there are few things that give me more pleasure than going down to the patch and harvesting a basket full of fresh produce ready to prepare for the evening meal. But, some people can...
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How to Grow Rhubarb Rhubarb is one of those old fashion veggie garden plants that often gets overlooked and forgotten. If you are looking for a productive plant that 'gives' year after year, with only a little bit of care, then this one is for you. About Rhubarb Rhubarb's scientific name...
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Planting Legumes to Replace Soil Nitrogen Hopefully the title of this article has got you thinking ...... legumes fix nitrogen from the atmosphere, so what is he talking about. All of that is true. All legumes have small nodules on their roots that contain many specialised bacteria that convert atmospheric nitrogen...
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How to Grow Kale Kale is a very hardy plant to grow in the vegetable patch and is a ’must’ if you haven’t already considered it. It grows best during the cooler months and is very frost tolerant. But get it started in Autumn, you will then be able to enjoy...
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Protecting Seedlings From Rodents In recent times I have had a lot of trouble with rodents eating my newly planted seedlings before they had a chance to really get underway. I have set traps and baits in order to try and deal with them, but I really don't like doing either...
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How to Plant and Grow Turmeric Turmeric is native to South East Asia and is usually recognizable as a bright yellow/orange and pungent spice associated with asian cooking - particularly Indian curries. It is often referred to as a “super food” that has many therapeutic applications. It also has been identified as...
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Using Wood Ash in your Garden Wood ash is a wonderful resource in the vegetable garden and everyone who has easy access to it should use it rather than disposing of it in some other way. It can be nutrient rich and used to improve nutrient access for your garden plants,...
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    Snow Peas, also known as mangetout, are a fantastic crop to grow. Kids love them - in fact if you have kids and don’t grow enough, there is a risk that few will be left for the dinner table. They are beautiful picked and then eaten immediately! Climate I...
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I was recently very lucky and visited Jerry Coleby-Williams' amazing garden at his home; Bellis. Not only is Jerry's garden inspiring, but so is his generosity - I (along with many others) received several Multiplier (perennial) Leeks that Jerry shared with visitors. Since planting these leeks, I have been quite surprised...
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Spring onions are an absolute must for every back yard vegetable garden. They are easy to grow, require minimal attention and have very few pests or diseases that affect them in the typical back yard vegetable patch. In many locations, spring onions are also known as scallions and are also often...
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Do you have a possum problem? Do they eat your garden produce? Below are several ways to protect your produce from possums: Use Physical ProtectionProtect pawpaw, mango or many other larger tree fruit with a plastic shield made from a 2L plastic bottle. Cut off the bottom of a bottle and make a cut along the bottle...
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Ever had trouble harvesting a great crop of corn? Healthy plants, but poor quality cobs? It probably is being caused by poor pollination. This is often observed in apparently healthy corn cobs that have few well formed kernels. Corn is a plant that belongs to the same plant group as grasses...
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When a crop is finished, often the temptation is to pull it all out. Some people let the bed lie fallow for a while, and some people plant out the bed with another crop. You can do both of these while letting one or two plants “go to seed” instead of...
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Crop Rotation in the Veggie Patch Used to have successful harvests but now having difficulty getting even a fraction of the garden productivity that you used to? Are you finding that pests and disease are a bigger problem than they used to be? One possible reason is that you are not...
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Sometimes it can very very annoying, but I often find it difficult to throw things away. Here is an example where I am glad I didn’t ………  Problem: Subtropical Queensland can get quite hot in summer. The conditions can be very difficult  plants such as rhubarb. Solution: produce shade screens to...
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Whenever it is possible, we believe that it is best and therefore prefer to grow our own food. We understand that this isn't always possible but make it our goal to only buy such things as fruit and vegetables when there is no alternative. Our reasons (in no particular order) include:...
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