Your Health and Red-Purple Veggies

You may have heard how eating red/purple/blue fruit can improve your health. Most focus has been on cherries, black grapes (and, therefore, red wine)…

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Home Grown Pumpkins All Year

By planting a careful mix of the right varieties of pumpkins it is possible to keep your larder supplied with pumpkins from mid-January right through…

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Globe Artichoke

There are two unrelated plants called artichoke – Globe Artichokes – Cynara scolymus and Jerusalem Artichokes – Helianthus tuberosus. Different parts…

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Farmers’ Markets

The first farmers’ market started in Victoria in 1998 in the Yarra Valley.  There are now at least 180 farmer's markets across Australia, around half…

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Nettles – Friend or Foe

The hairy, dark green, finely toothed leaves are a real sign of winter. Although it is regarded as a weed by many and needs to be prevented from…

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Growing Parsnips

I love parsnips — great roasted, great in soups, and great when they're fried like chips! I have been growing parsnips in the Southern Highlands of…

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Harvesting and storing garlic

Garlic bulbs are ready to harvest in late spring or summer, from seven to eight months after they are planted. The outward signs are the green…

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Lettuce

Lettuce (Lactuca sativa) – a reliable summer favourite, salad filler and sandwich staple! But it can be grown year round, with very little tender…

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Silverbeet

 Beta vulgaris L. Cicla Time and space-poor gardeners might find vegetables that can be picked or cut continuously over time a better option than…

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Vegetable Patch From Scratch: Part 3

Despite the few very hot days we experienced in Melbourne the vegetable garden survived. I used shade cloth during the day and by the evening the…

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Vegetable Patch From Scratch: Part 2

Chapter 2: Growing quickly It’s pretty impressive how quickly the vegetables are growing. The lettuces have almost filled up the bed they’re in. The…

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Vegetable Patch from Scratch

This is the first in a series of 3 contributed Mei Yin, when she was a novice vegie gardener, as she created her own productive patch and grew at…

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Growing Herbs, Vegetables & Flowering Annuals from Seed

Growing from seed is fun and rewarding as well as being very cost effective. You can access a much broader variety of plants than those that are…

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Potatoes

The humble spud... is there any vegetable more versatile than these tasty tubers? Grown around the world, spuds are the only vegetable to have had a…

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Asparagus

Imagine crisp green asparagus spears poking up like gremlin fingers through the dewy soil, ready for you to snap off and crunch. Winter is the time…

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