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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

My melons … they’re real and they’re spectacular … but are they efficient?
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My melons … they’re real and they’re spectacular … but are they efficient?

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Apr 21, 2015

I know I have nice melons but is it worth it??? Learning to ‘think’ permaculture has really challenged my thought process around what I plant in my backyard. Every plant needs to have at least more than two functions. For example, a plant may be used for human food (also for bees, chickens and other […]

sweet corn porn, culinary/ weather defiance & autumn sweet corn chowder
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sweet corn porn, culinary/ weather defiance & autumn sweet corn chowder

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Mar 8, 2015

It was 36 degrees the other day…hooray and welcome to early Autumn in Brisbane! I won’t go on but I can use two words to summarise…OVER IT. So when harvesting my sweet corn (pull the husk towards you then twist it off the plant) I was overcome with some kind of culinary/ weather defiance. I […]

get your summer fruit & veg comfy on a bed of mulch & I take the plunge into permaculture
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get your summer fruit & veg comfy on a bed of mulch & I take the plunge into permaculture

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Feb 8, 2015

I doubt this will be the most fascinating read you’ve had in a while so I’ll get to the point; if you’re growing food and it’s crazy summer hot, do yourself a favour and throw some mulch around. Preferably on your garden. Particularly in Brisbane where we’ve had weather extremes from fry-an-egg-on-the-road heat followed by […]

merry xmas readers! don’t forget to gift your digestion with some homemade peppermint tea
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merry xmas readers! don’t forget to gift your digestion with some homemade peppermint tea

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Dec 22, 2014

For me, the true meaning of Christmas is eating lots of good food with lots of good company. So thank goodness my peppermint plant has decided to come back from the dead. I’m sure its had more comebacks than John Farnham. It’s currently growing in little patches all over one of my garden beds. Be […]

the bay leaf tree; it’s slow growing but never underestimate a co-starring role or a quiet achiever
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the bay leaf tree; it’s slow growing but never underestimate a co-starring role or a quiet achiever

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Nov 30, 2014

How would you feel if you were left out more often than not? So spare a thought for bay leaves. Whether it be fresh or dried, apparently some people can’t be bothered with them due to their very subtle flavour. I’m here to tell you, as a fresh bay leaf advocate, that they do make […]

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 […]

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