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 […]

heavenly blueberries, a smoothie on the run for one & bon voyage
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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 […]

be sustainably smug…pick up that pallet & make a sexy planter box or bench seat
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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 […]

crime & comfrey – grow the most functional plant of all time & how to make liquid life insurance for your garden
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crime & comfrey – grow the most functional plant of all time & how to make liquid life insurance for your garden

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Jul 31, 2016
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Is it weird to sit around with your husband and watch crime shows about how couples knock each other off? We don’t watch a lot of TV but when we do, we get obsessive about the Crime and Investigation channel. Hopefully one of us is not secretly engaging in some type of ‘research.’ From my […]

my kitty is a mulching machine, big pumpkin harvest & saving the seeds two ways (one is yummy)
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my kitty is a mulching machine, big pumpkin harvest & saving the seeds two ways (one is yummy)

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Jun 25, 2016
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One of my cats is cray cray. Fletch is a Bengal cross rescue cat named after Irwin Fletcher (Chevy Chase Fletch). He does lots of weird stuff. It might be the wild Asian leopard bit coming out. Fletch tears pumpkin leaves off the vine or should I say, SHREDS THEM VIOLENTLY. One day I was […]

don’t get all judgy on me…lemon myrtle goes really well with gin & find out what else you can do with this bush tucker
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don’t get all judgy on me…lemon myrtle goes really well with gin & find out what else you can do with this bush tucker

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May 27, 2016
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Being somewhat of a gin hag, I like to experiment with things in my gin. I’ll often throw borage, finger limes, cucumbers and cumquats in my G & T. My Aunty has recently informed me that basil also goes nicely (you know who you are). Just to be clear, I do not grow food in […]

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