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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

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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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 […]

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
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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
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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
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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 heaps of mulch around. Preferably on your garden. Particularly in Brisbane where we’ve had weather extremes from fry-an-egg-on-the-road heat followed […]

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
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For me, the true meaning of Christmas is eating lots of good food with lots of good company. So thank goodness my peppermint plant (Mentha x piperita‚Ä®) has decided to come back from the dead. I’m sure its had more comebacks than John Farnham. It’s a herbaceous perennial that grows to 60 – 100 cm […]

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