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Luffa – Grow your own bathroom sponge

Luffa – Grow your own bathroom sponge

Luffa acuttangula Luffa, loofah, Chinese okra CUCURBITACEAE This is another of those fantastic sub tropical plants that are largely ignored.  Mostly known for scrubbing purposes, luffa plants are actually gourds, (in the same family as cucumbers, pumpkins and melons)...
Snake Beans – Top Plants

Snake Beans – Top Plants

Vigna unguiculata Snake Beans FABACEAE (formerly LEGUMINOSAE) Snake beans are another one of those largely overlooked crops that do very well in the sub-tropics but, because people are unfamiliar with them, they just don’t grow them – even though they are...
Muhammara – spiced capsicum dip

Muhammara – spiced capsicum dip

My neighbours’ garden Wonderful use of the climber Pyrostegia venusta Flame Vine I have lovely neighbours with a lovely garden and I was going to cook for them on Friday night.  JUST SLIGHT PRESSURE – she is Belinda Jeffery the cook book writer, chef and...