While I have grown potato onions and spring onions widely at times, the Negi onion is the one that remains outside my kitchen door and never dies off. Happily this year, they self-propagated (perhaps from the east winds swirling around the place), so now I have three pots outside the kitchen door.
Not just for dinner, we spend much of our time picking them and eating them straight from the pod. This is the very reason that we decided that we needed more than just a trellis in the vegetable patch to grow them on.
As well as freshening your breath and providing health benefits, there are the environmental benefits of less transport, no use of pesticides, and less packaging associated with growing your own cup of tea.
Garlic is a long growing journey, taking place during the coldest of months. In our cold temperate climate, Garlic is the standout hero. Garlic is born to grow here. It suits this climate, well, down to the ground!
Garlic does like a cold, reasonably wet and long winter, so down here in the south east of Australia, it makes sense that there are many garlic farms here. Last year, we got our best crop ever, and rainfall was above our 1000ml average for the year. So the garlic (...)
Here are the super easy snickers-like vegan chocolate bars I made over the weekend. Healthy, well "healthier" than the store-bought, they are filled with fruit, nuts and delicious dark chocolate. High fibre and filled with nutrients, these bars are rich and sweet, but also are satisfyingly filling, so one is really enough!
While the natural hedgerows are disappearing, we can all re-boot the system and plant our own hedges are part of our own garden’s eco-system. When I was presented with a tricky landscaped steep hill-side retaining wall that was spread long and narrow across my front rural garden boundary, my first thoughts instantly brought me back to the hedgerows of my childhood. t could be a wonderful entry point for insects, bees, wild native birds and, most wonderfully, pests into the garden.
The underrated Elderberry shrub (Sambucus Nigra), with it’s white delicious plumes of Elderflowers, is a meaningful addition to any edible garden of note.
It’s berry’s may not be as delicious straight off the tree, it’s akin to a watery blackberry, but once the dark purple blackening berry is stewed into a concoction, it takes on a delicious richness that will satisfy and keep flu’s at bay for the winter months.
Its one of my favourite times of the year! Time to sow the tomato seeds! Frosty mornings are on their way out (i hope), and thoughts of sunshine and produce are dancing through my head. I'm sowing the first varieties out this week in the greenhouse, so as to have them ready for planting out in the garden after the last frost. Since we are living in a "Temperate" climate here, its hard to know when that is exactly. But the locals have their own ideas. If you live in Melbourne, I have been told...