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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...
Tacca integrifolia – Bat Flower

Tacca integrifolia – Bat Flower

Tacca integrifolia Bat Flower DIOSCOREACEAE WHAT:  This is one of those truly strange specimens of the plant world – really too weird to be called beautiful, but never-the-less fascinating and a real show stopper;  have had a steady stream of people coming by...
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...
Amaranth – Top Plants

Amaranth – Top Plants

Amaranthus bicolour  variety ‘Red Calaloo’ Amaranth, love-lies-bleeding, pigweed, spinach grass CHENOPIDACEAE  One of the things I really love about writing this blog is how much I learn – I just never know where a chance encounter with a plant, food...
Adenium obesum : Desert Rose

Adenium obesum : Desert Rose

Adenium obesum Desert Rose APOCYNACEAE This is the start of what is going to be a wonderful journey for me, and I hope for you too.  The truly amazing, and incredibly diverse plant world often leaves me awestruck at the sheer beauty and the fantastic adaptiveness of...