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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

thanks for keeping it real 2015 & cheers to 2016 in the north island of new zealand

thanks for keeping it real 2015 & cheers to 2016 in the north island of new zealand

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Jan 23, 2016

Last year was a bit crappy. This also seemed to be the general consensus of others around me. However, I live my life by appreciating that the universe gives us what we need when we need it. Should I irritate you by saying #grateful? At the same time, I was very happy to begin the […]

be a sustainable gardener; how to grow herbs plus get the dirt on their amazing multifunctional uses
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be a sustainable gardener; how to grow herbs plus get the dirt on their amazing multifunctional uses

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Dec 20, 2015

While I wilt, fade and become lifeless in summer there is an upside. Most herbs appear to thrive even in challenging, sub-tropical Brisbane. If it can be done here, it can be done anywhere. So if you’re not already doing it, you need to grow herbs! It can mark the beginning of future gardening ventures. […]

no stiff drinks required when splitting my beehive…thanks to the urban bee farmer partnership
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no stiff drinks required when splitting my beehive…thanks to the urban bee farmer partnership

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Nov 27, 2015

I tend to sweat the small stuff. So a few stiff drinks would be required if I had to split my own beehive. Oddly enough our hive of stingless bees are also referred to as sweat bees due to their habit of collecting human sweat. Perhaps the bees would have preferred my anxious, sweaty approach […]

enter the fragrant world of scented geraniums with my favourite, ‘orange fizz’ (the plant equivalent of a fruit tingle)
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enter the fragrant world of scented geraniums with my favourite, ‘orange fizz’ (the plant equivalent of a fruit tingle)

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Oct 24, 2015

Do you remember fruit tingles? Are they even still around? I have the plant equivalent with my ‘Orange Fizz’ scented geranium (Pelargonium citriodorum). This fizzy fragrance reflects the name…if only this post had scratch and sniff abilities. There are over 80 scented geranium or pelargonium varieties with every scent under the sun (literally). Peppermint, pine, […]

rainbow chard is a sexy but shady vegetable that you need to grow & make pies with
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rainbow chard is a sexy but shady vegetable that you need to grow & make pies with

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Sep 23, 2015

Tall and striking with an elegant spine of vivid colour…rainbow chard (Beta vulgaris var. cicla) is the sexiest leaf vegetable in the garden. From the Chenopodiaceae family with relatives such as silver beet and beetroot, there is just NO excuse for not growing it. The fact that it tolerates shade (much like other leafy greens […]

reasons to eat with the seasons, garden porn, a new job & buying a pony…a 1965 ford mustang that is
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reasons to eat with the seasons, garden porn, a new job & buying a pony…a 1965 ford mustang that is

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Aug 29, 2015

I have the garden guilts. August has been a crazy month, not the certifiable kind but the good kind. A couple of highlights…after a long journey (no pun intended), we finally bought our pony car. A stunning, original honey gold 1965 mustang coupe. I have loved mustangs forever. Bet you didn’t pick me for American […]

grow lavender to please the bees then bake an orange & lavender cake to please yourself
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grow lavender to please the bees then bake an orange & lavender cake to please yourself

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Jul 25, 2015

I grow lavender to please my bees. Did you know bees prefer purple/ blue flowers? That’s why my French Lavender (Lavandula dentata) is planted within launching vision of the hive. Other than food for bees, lavender boasts an impressive CV including looking pretty, a calming fragrance, ability to repel pests (especially moths hence the pot […]

recipe for a no-dig garden bed…change your life with no soil required & my easy cumquat marmalade
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recipe for a no-dig garden bed…change your life with no soil required & my easy cumquat marmalade

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Jun 25, 2015

Building a no-dig garden bed is like making a massive layer cake but with organic matter and no spoon to lick. My no-dig bed is located pretty much at the back door as I use it all the time. Also makes for easy access in my PJ’s and slippers at night instead of trekking around […]

eating local in vietnam: fertilised duck eggs, crispy skin frogs with a dear friend on the side

eating local in vietnam: fertilised duck eggs, crispy skin frogs with a dear friend on the side

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May 31, 2015

You know you’re in Vietnam when your best friend is sitting across the table from you tucking into a fertilised duck egg with gusto. At least this might be an indicator. Another indicator may be experiencing adrenal fatigue from drinking too many cafe sua da every morning coupled with banh mi. Damn those Vietnamese coffees […]

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