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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

go back to the future; harvesting seeds is lazy gardening at its best but it ain’t pretty
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go back to the future; harvesting seeds is lazy gardening at its best but it ain’t pretty

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Oct 31, 2014

It could appear that letting a few of my favourite plants go to seed is part of some well devised plan. Not really. It’s actually a case of neglect in disguise with a productive outcome at the finish line. Yah for the benefits of lazy gardening! In the final weeks of my Master’s degree and […]

the strawberry patch; a sight for sore eyes (literally) & my ‘sweetheart’ strawberries with balsamic vinegar
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the strawberry patch; a sight for sore eyes (literally) & my ‘sweetheart’ strawberries with balsamic vinegar

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Sep 28, 2014

The best resource a gardener has are their eyes. So what if their eyes are sore, blood shot and tired from staring at a computer screen in their last semester of a Masters degree? Perhaps they should continue to write a blog in front of a computer screen? Although I have been otherwise detained, things […]

back off my brassicas! the undercover life of cauliflower, cabbage & kale
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back off my brassicas! the undercover life of cauliflower, cabbage & kale

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Aug 31, 2014

There was no way I was ever going to let it happen again. Now thanks to some white meshy stuff I am no longer in fear. I am talking about cabbage moths. And they were responsible for the destruction of most of my brassicas (and a little bit of my soul) last year. I know […]

citrus identity crisis; misunderstood cumquats (or kumquats) & retro cumquat delicious puddings
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citrus identity crisis; misunderstood cumquats (or kumquats) & retro cumquat delicious puddings

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Jul 23, 2014

You are misunderstood. You look like a miniature orange. You were once called citrus but now have a genus of your own. Your skin can be eaten. You’re high in Vitamin C yet some people don’t even know you exist. You are a cumquat. So much more than a granny fruit. My small Marumi cumquat […]

tasmania is always a favourite; full of locavores, exceptional produce & the best cheese served with a side of serenity

tasmania is always a favourite; full of locavores, exceptional produce & the best cheese served with a side of serenity

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Jul 3, 2014

Wearing thermal underwear, laughing at the cold and lining up for a scallop pie at the Salamanca markets is when I know I’m in Tassie. Although people question my mental health when visiting the Apple Isle during winter; it’s my favourite time of year to visit my favourite place in Australia. MONA’s Dark Mofo winter […]

the lazy gardener’s dream bean; bush bean ‘cherokee wax’ (yellow butter bean)
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the lazy gardener’s dream bean; bush bean ‘cherokee wax’ (yellow butter bean)

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Jun 23, 2014

Beans are a lazy gardener’s dream; they’re easy to grow, provide heaps of produce and come with a sense of accomplishment. As you know, I like to keep it old school in the garden with heirloom varieties so these stringless dwarf bush beans are more resistant to disease and look cool with their bright yellow […]

passionfruit from the vine + blow torch wielding = best passionfruit tart
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passionfruit from the vine + blow torch wielding = best passionfruit tart

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Jun 17, 2014

There is something very satisfying about blow torching sugar on a tart or any other dessert item. Although this may be fearful for sub-populations such as IQS or paleo or cavemen or whatever, I certainly enjoy sugar in moderation. And this is coming from a soon to be Public Health Nutritionist. Anyway, this is all […]

felton food festival; local produce, catch-ups with costa & alpaca poo excitement

felton food festival; local produce, catch-ups with costa & alpaca poo excitement

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May 28, 2014

A good place to start might be where Felton is on the map. And thankfully I did find it on the map; 30 kilometres south-west of Toowoomba. This location is where Felton Food Festival happened last month on the 27th of April (now in its third year) and it was full of festival festivities! Alistair […]

sharing is caring by propagation, my curry leaf tree & red lentil dhal
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sharing is caring by propagation, my curry leaf tree & red lentil dhal

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Apr 8, 2014

The coolest thing about this plant is that it was given to me by a good friend which was propagated by her good friend from the original tree. Sharing is caring people. Mine grew in a pot for about a year then got planted in the yard; fast forward another year and it’s mighty! It […]

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