GROW FOOD slow food Have your garden and eat it too. A practical guide to organic gardening in the sub-tropics with step-by-step instructions and delicious seasonal recipes. Come with me too on some of my travels in Australia, Europe, Asia and beyond.
What to Pick and What to Plant in August

What to Pick and What to Plant in August

You don’t need a large garden to feed yourself – you just have to start! Beautiful crop of dwarf Cavendish banana harvested a month ago. It took three of us to cut this bunch down and move them to hang undercover and ripen – it must have weighed over 30 kg....
Kitchen Garden Planting Guide

Kitchen Garden Planting Guide

WHAT to plant and WHEN? Planting guide for the sub-tropics  There are some jobs in the garden that are just plain fun – like seed saving NOTE: I have found that I have the most success by using local seed – something passed around from gardener to gardener...
Italian Spiced Apple and Nut Cake

Italian Spiced Apple and Nut Cake

Our recent trip out to Stanthorpe, three hours north-west from where we live, took us into the heart of a cool climate wine and orchard growing area – and, at this time of year, laden apple and pear trees that are dripping with ripe fruit.  In fact, right now...
Discovering Australia – New England, NSW

Discovering Australia – New England, NSW

Miles from anywhere, close to everything ………. There’s a lot to be said for discovering your own back yard, hopping in the car and taking the road less travelled and one that avoids going anywhere near an airport.  That’s exactly what we...
Tamarilloes – how to cook and grow them

Tamarilloes – how to cook and grow them

ABOUT:  Tamarillo (Solanum betaceum) is a native to southern Brazil in the tomato Solanacea family and easy to grow in tropical and sub-tropical gardens. It is a fruit I was not familiar with until I came to Australia, but love it’s fresh clean taste and...