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The Posh Squash
In early autumn this year we enjoyed the gift that keeps on giving: a prolific crop of zucchinis. For a while there they lurked under leaves all over the garden and had to be picked every day. While I happily perfected my zucchini soup and my partner
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Small Space, Big Impact
The recent bushfires highlighted the plight of native animals and insects, which lost access to food sources and habitats. Here we list some colourful native species that fit nicely in a balcony-sized pot or small garden but make a big statement as w
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Cool As
Eating crisp, juicy and refreshing cucumbers straight from the vine and warmed by the summer sun is a summer treat. I love that this humble, ancient veg has made a comeback as gardeners discover the joy of growing and eating heirloom varieties in dif
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BFFs: Best Feathered Friends
Do numbers count when keeping poultry? We’re not thinking about how many you should have but whether it’s OK for the birds if you keep just two or three. It’s no secret that poultry are flock creatures but we can’t all keep big mbers, so does social
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Aniseed Star
While lemon myrtle has become something of a household name among Australian gardeners, prized for its wonderful lemon aroma and ornamental beauty, its lesser-known cousin the aniseed myrtle has been flying somewhat under the radar. Once classed by b
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Two-part Harmony
The notion of something for nothing may be very appealing in a world where people expect so much for so little effort, but everything comes at a price. In physics, the law of conservation of energy reminds us that energy can be neither created nor de
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Gardening For Mountain Goats
“The driveway is steep but you can turn at the top. Don’t stop halfway up or you’ll get stuck and, at the top, swing left to pull in front of the garage.” These are the instructions I give visitors to our home and garden. Our north-facing quarter-acr
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Kinder Gardening
As every parent knows, young children don’t need much of a push to go and play in the dirt. Once they’re shown how it’s done, it’s not surprising that kids dig gardening. Besides, it’s good for them. Study after study has confirmed the benefits of ge
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From Soil To Supper
In Witta, near hilly Maleny in Queensland’s subtropical Sunshine Coast Region, lives a woman with a passion for organics and sharing the therapeutic benefits of gardening. The property Cath Manuel shares with her family is around 200 acres with a kit
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Things To Do In November
• Already there’s plenty to harvest but there’s still lots to plant, including corn. This vegie is wind pollinated so to aid pollination and ensure lots of juicy kernels it’s necessary to plant in blocks of at least a metre square. • Pumpkin is tradi
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A Plot Worth Bottling
Fullerton Cove is a rural suburb of Port Stephens in the middle of the vast Hunter alluvial plain just north of Newcastle. To the east are the Stockton sand dunes; to the west a mangrove forest that wraps around the cove itself, a large backwater off
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Things To Do In December
• These first weeks of summer remind us how vast Australia is — and how varied its climate. In warm northern and coastal gardens, homegrown salads are already on the menu as are fresh fruit salads. In the colder south, salad crops are just beginning
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Moon Planting
The calendar says it’s spring but the weather is warming up in most parts of Australia. Time for staggered planting to extend the summer harvest. Now that summer’s well and truly here, it’s time for more plantings of those salad vegies that love the
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The Secret Lives Of Fungi
You could say there’s something secretive about fungi. They often lurk about in dark, dank places and many are invisible without magnification. In fact, when we can see them, the part we recognise is the fruiting body or reproductive structure, whose
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Time To Plant
Amaranth, artichoke, Asian greens, asparagus, beans, beetroot, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, capsicum, carrot, cauliflower, celeriac, celery, chicory, chilli, cucumber, eggplant, endive, fennel, horseradish, Jerusalem artichoke, kale, kohlrabi
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Fresh And Local
Apples (Lady Williams), avocados, bananas, blueberries, cherries, grapefruit, loquats, lychees, mangoes, melons, mulberries, nectarines, oranges (Valencia), papaya, passionfruit, pawpaw, peaches, pineapples, starfruit (carambola), strawberries, young
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Fruit Of The Vine
Tomatoes are among the most popular and rewarding crops in the summer vegetable garden. While all fruit and vegetables taste better picked fresh from the garden, when it comes to homegrown flavour, tomatoes are in a class of their own. As well as tas
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Garden To Table
This is an edited extract from Ikaria: Food and life in the Blue Zone by Meni Valle, published by Hardie Grant Books, RRP $45 AU, and available in stores from 2 September 2020. Photography © Lean Timms Salata Kolokassi Kolokassi, or taro root, is a v
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This Issue
Natives: they’re really a nobrainer, aren’t they? Goodlooking, waterwise and, having adapted to our harsh climate, they’re as tough as old boots. They bring the beauty of the Australian bush into our backyards. Once, when we thought about planting na
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A Happy Midyim
The midyim berry, also known as midgen berry or sandy berry, is my favourite bush-tucker berry. Its large white pearl-sized fruit is speckled with purple and it tastes a little bit like a blueberry, but with a bit more tang. Midyim plants are endemic
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Pick The Crop
Made in Australia from recycled plastic, Biofilta Foodcubes are designed to be a modular system that uses state-of-the-art wicking bed principles to maximise growth and minimise water use. Wicking beds can produce up to 25 kilos of produce per square
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Cook’s Cabbage
Although many consider warrigal greens the Aussie alternative to English spinach, its common name New Zealand spinach can deceive you into thinking this isn’t an Australian native. In fact, Tetragonia tetragonioides is native to Australia, New Zealan
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Cover To Cover
By Laura Dalrymple & Grant Hilliard, Murdoch Books, $39.99 We live at a time when thinking consumers are questioning not just the quality of the food they eat but its origin — and no food challenges our best instincts more than meat. How do you even
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Blue Steel
Common name: Blue flower wasp, hairy flower wasp Scientific name: Scolia soror An eye-catching visitor to most Australian gardens, particularly on the east coast, the blue flower wasp can be observed buzzing around close to the ground near flowering
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Sweet Fruit
When I hear the word jujube my mind instantly races to those small, hard lollies that stick to your teeth. But in this case the jujube, though also eaten as a sweet, is a tiny fruit that most closely resembles a small apple. When dried, the fruit, ar
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It’s hard to imagine a small yellow ant could bring down a rainforest or the sugarcane industry — but that’s the level of concern over the yellow crazy ant, one of the world’s worst invasive species and now on Australian shores. Originally from South
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Shadow Cabinet
My neighbour’s sunroom is filled with potted plants. Some are the usual suspects you’d expect to find indoors such as devil’s ivy and ferns, but last winter she moved one of her favourite herbs indoors as well. A late sowing had produced lots of basi
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