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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...
Trombone Squash – Summer Survivor

Trombone Squash – Summer Survivor

Summer Survivor A favourite summer vegetable – trombone squash We have recently had some early summer scorchers, with very little rain, that has just decimated the garden – the heat and humidity have been intense, so this thought is not far from...
Potatoes – growing your own is easy!

Potatoes – growing your own is easy!

We have just been away for a couple of months and just about the last thing I did, before I left home, was plant some old potatoes in the garden that had been quietly sprouting away in my pantry – ones that you would normally chuck out. This was a quick and easy...
Top Plant: Turmeric

Top Plant: Turmeric

BOTANIC NAME: Curcuma domestica COMMON NAME: Turmeric, Curcuma, Indian Saffron, Yellow Ginger, Karmin  FAMILY NAME: Zingiberaceae ORIGIN: SOUTH EAST ASIA   Curcuma domestic in flower in the middle of summer.  This is the plant that has the yellow ginger root from...
My Top Ten Tips for Starting a Food Garden

My Top Ten Tips for Starting a Food Garden

“Find the shortest, simplest way between the earth, the hand and the mouth.”  Lanza del Vasto For me, and the whole global community of gardeners, just being out in the garden is a fun and rewarding way to spend part of your day – AND put a smile on...