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"Gardening is the most therapeutic and defiant act you can do, especially in the inner city. Plus, you get strawberries."
Ron Finley, Gangster Gardener

lime mojitos & what I would tell my younger self when planting citrus trees
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lime mojitos & what I would tell my younger self when planting citrus trees

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Jul 30, 2017
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Four years ago, I was young and carefree. Then I planted citrus trees. Citrus trees do my head in. They make me feel inadequate like I can’t get it right and they never seem to produce enough fruit. My citrus trees include cumquat (unstoppable), lemonade (hardly any fruit), mandarin (no fruit!), lime (finally a good […]

what’s hot in the garden when it’s cold & growing (not drinking) coffee
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what’s hot in the garden when it’s cold & growing (not drinking) coffee

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Jun 25, 2017
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Oh Lordy! The weather has finally become COOLER in Brisbane. This is my favourite time of year in the garden. You can actually go outside without feeling hopeless and desperate. You water less, weed less and enjoy more. The garden slows down and this is a good reminder for us to do the same. Winter […]

Herb Awareness 2017…it’s a beautiful herbie thing

Herb Awareness 2017…it’s a beautiful herbie thing

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May 28, 2017
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Hands down herbs are the coolest thing you can grow in your garden. They are SO multifunctional. You can drink them, cook them, eat them, use them around the house and use them for medicinal or beauty purposes. Best of all, they’re easy to grow and a great place to start for beginner gardeners. SO…what’s […]

hunting & gathering in the Hunter Valley…with lots of wine drinking

hunting & gathering in the Hunter Valley…with lots of wine drinking

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Apr 29, 2017
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My idea of good time (besides gardening of course) is chowing down on quality cheese and drinking lots of quality wine. So for me, wine regions are always the best places to learn about local food, wine and the growers. Being rather fond of Verdelho and Semillon, we had four days in Hunter Valley after […]

breathe it & drink it! two medicinal uses for rosemary…just add hot water
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breathe it & drink it! two medicinal uses for rosemary…just add hot water

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Mar 31, 2017
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It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. We finally got the rain we so desperately needed due to ex-tropical Cyclone Debbie which left a path of destruction throughout North Queensland on Tuesday. The cyclone had weakened by the time it reached Brisbane yesterday but brought full-on rain, strong winds and […]

caffeine withdrawals for me, coffee for my tomatoes & granny’s tomato chutney
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caffeine withdrawals for me, coffee for my tomatoes & granny’s tomato chutney

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Feb 26, 2017
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It has been three weeks. Three weeks since I’ve consumed a caffeinated beverage namely my morning coffee. This is a very big deal and I’m certainly not thrilled about it. I’ve been playing God by putting myself through a health-related experiment. I was one of those annoying people who would whinge about needing their morning […]

HOLY MOLY it’s hot & the Ceylon spinach ship has landed!
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HOLY MOLY it’s hot & the Ceylon spinach ship has landed!

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Jan 29, 2017
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In a cruel twist of fate, I happened to be conducting permaculture tours and hot composting workshops at Northey Street City Farm during one of our heatwaves. We had a massive group of amazing Chinese students from Guangzhou visiting over a four day period. The students knew very little English (as I know little Chinese) […]

what’s hot in the garden when it’s hot & a big merry christmas readers!
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what’s hot in the garden when it’s hot & a big merry christmas readers!

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Dec 19, 2016
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Rather than bitch about the heat like I do every year, let’s take a moment of silence to look at some plant porn that actually thrives in the garden during summer. Here are a few pics of what is currently kicking arse and will continue to over the next few months. I have some sensational […]

From carb & alcohol fuelled Europe to the anxiety of exam week…I kept calm & carried on gardening

From carb & alcohol fuelled Europe to the anxiety of exam week…I kept calm & carried on gardening

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Nov 21, 2016
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What really sucks is coming home from a month holiday in Europe to a fast approaching exam week. Having jet lag and catching up on weeks of law subjects is like some kind of never ending nightmare. My last exam involved taking in over 200 pages of notes and the 3000 page QLD Criminal Code. […]

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