<span style='color:#000000;'>nasturtiums are too pretty to eat….no they’re not! how you can eat them & make nasturtium aioli</span>
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nasturtiums are too pretty to eat….no they’re not! how you can eat them & make nasturtium aioli

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Oct 29, 2017
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Is it wrong to admire the beauty of something then chow it down? Nasturtiums (Tropaeolum majus) are not just pretty…they’re a tasty multipurpose powerhouse. They self seed, are ridiculously easy to grow, look after themselves, pests don’t eat them, attract pollinators, and they keep nasty bugs away from other plants. Nutritionally they are high in […]

<span style='color:#000000;'>lime mojitos & what I would tell my younger self when planting citrus trees</span>
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lime mojitos & what I would tell my younger self when planting citrus trees

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Aug 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 […]

<span style='color:#000000;'>what’s hot in the garden when it’s cold & growing (not drinking) coffee</span>
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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 […]

<span style='color:#000000;'>breathe it & drink it! two medicinal uses for rosemary…just add hot water</span>
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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 […]

fun in the sun at Northey Street & the Ceylon spinach ship has landed!
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fun in the sun at Northey Street & 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) […]

<span style='color:#000000;'>what’s hot in the garden when it’s hot & a big merry christmas readers!</span>
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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 […]

<span style='color:#000000;'>heavenly blueberries, a smoothie on the run for one & bon voyage</span>
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heavenly blueberries, a smoothie on the run for one & bon voyage

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Sep 25, 2016
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Trust me to exit the building the second the blueberries start doing their thing. As this is my first time growing them, I’ve been watching like a hawk and now I have to go on a damn holiday to Europe for a month…how unfortunate. Lucky for me it will still be a few months till […]

<span style='color:#000000;'>be sustainably smug…pick up that pallet & make a sexy planter box or bench seat</span>
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be sustainably smug…pick up that pallet & make a sexy planter box or bench seat

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Aug 27, 2016
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There is something sexy about pallets. Or is it just me? The sexiest thing about them is their availability and potential. They always seem to be lying around random places. Probably a good idea to ask or wait until the dead of night to claim your pallet. Then you can make funky, cool stuff from […]

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