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​Crown Vegetables

​Crown Vegetables

Asparagus and rhubarb are two long-lived plants you can grow from crowns planted in winter. Both these plants do best with an entire garden bed to themselves.

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​Mail Order Vegetable Seed Supplies

​Mail Order Vegetable Seed Supplies

We like to buy our vegetable seeds from trusted mail order seed companies, this way we get a considerable range of varieties for a lifetime of experimentation and flavour. Here are our favourites.

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5 steps to starting a veggie patch from scratch

5 steps to starting a veggie patch from scratch

Ever wanted to grow your own veggies but never knew where to start? Here are five steps to consider when starting a patch from scratch.

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Apples

Apples

Pick delicious crisp apples from your own Garden of Eden! Apples are commonly grown in Victoria, Tasmania and cooler areas of western Australia, South Australia and New South Wales, and are becoming easier to grow due to improved disease resistance.

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Asparagus

Asparagus

Home-grown asparagus is easy, but it’s not quick. You’ll need to wait three years from planting before you can harvest a bunch of tender green spears, but the wait will have been worth it, and the asparagus patch will keep on giving for decades. Linda Ross shares her growing tips.

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Beetroot

Beetroot

How versatile is this vegetable! Grate it, shred it, boil it, or roast it. It can be a pickle, a soup, a dip, a side dish, a main event, or a salad. 

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Berries

Berries

Growing berries is not a cinch - they have fierce thorns, troublesome pruning rules and require commitment (and hardware) to keep wildlife away from ripening fruit. But if berry-stained lips sound to you like a rich reward, take notes from Linda’s masterclass, and plant in winter.

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Best crops for small plots

Best crops for small plots

Even the smallest balcony plots can produce crops from an interesting range of small-fruited, ‘patio’-sized vegetables. Linda Ross shares tips on making it work.

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Broad Beans

Broad Beans

Broad beans offer one of spring’s best seasonal flavours. And as well as tasting good they enrich the soil with nitrogen, and handle the toughest frosts so can be planted now in all areas of Australia. 

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Brussels Sprouts

Brussels Sprouts

The much-derided Brussels sprout is delicious when grown fresh and cooked quickly. Here’s how.

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Carrots

Carrots

We are harvesting handfuls of delicious carrots and using them in a variety of ways in the kitchen. Sow spring, summer and autumn, all year in mild areas. So buy a packet today and get crunching!

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Cauliflower

Cauliflower

Justin Russell says cauliflower is no cheesy addition to the vegetable patch; it’s a stand-alone star. 

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Cauliflower

Cauliflower

In a classic segment of ‘River Cottage’ host Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall damns the cauliflower, describing it as insipid and boring.  Not fair. While caulis can devolve into tasteless watery mush when treated badly in the kitchen, the best
varieties are packed with flavor.


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Chilli

Chilli

Spice up your life with the aroma and piquancy of chilli. Measured on a rating from one to over two million, there is a chilli to suit all taste buds from the chilli-phobic to the chilli-freak. 

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Chinese style Brussels sprouts

Chinese style Brussels sprouts

The European sprout gets an Asian makeover in this tasty stir fry.

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Companion Planting 1

Companion Planting 1

Companion planting is about wisely using plants to reduce the work of the gardener. These are our favourite garden workers.

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Companion Planting 2

Companion Planting 2

We love any strategy that reduces human intervention in the vegetable garden. Here are a few of our favourite tips for creating a productive garden with less personal effort.

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Composting

Composting

All too often gardeners start composting with great excitement and enthusiasm, only for interest to wane as the results disappoint. Here is a quick guide to help you produce the best compost in whatever composting bin you choose.

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Cool season vegetable guide

Cool season vegetable guide

Many vegetable gardeners believe that the date to start planting cool season crops is on the first day of winter. Big mistake. The time to start winter crops is early autumn. 

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Crop Rotation

Crop Rotation

Passionate vegetable gardeners and those looking for a holistic approach will want a way of rotating their crops for maximum benefit, health and harvest. 

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Cucumbers

Cucumbers

Cucumbers are such a versatile vegetable with so many uses - sliced, grated, in salads and cold soups.

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Edible Weeds

Edible Weeds

The annoying habit of weeds to grow fast (and often better than the vegetables they smother!) is good news for foragers. Follow these rules for weed eating: check and double check the identification; pick new leaves; pick leaves before flowering; pick only from areas that haven't been sprayed; and wash everything before using. These are our top 5 weeds.

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Eggplant

Eggplant

Eggplants have diverse origins: Italy, Africa, Thailand, China and India. Their shapes and colours are just as diverse and provide a little visual interest in the vegie patch.

 

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Fennel

Fennel

Among the carefully chosen selection of seeds and plants that the First Fleet brought from England in 1788, was fennel. The plant has been held in high regard since Roman times, and at one stage, people believed that stuffing fennel seeds into their keyholes would keep ghosts from entering the room.

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Figs

Figs

Figs are delicious, expensive and hard to transport – three excellent reasons to grow one in your garden. Linda Ross tells how it’s done.

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Globe Artichokes

Globe Artichokes

Globe artichokes look good in the garden, taste great at the table and improve things in the bedroom! Or so they say. Libby Cameron turns the light on globe artichokes.

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Growing Soup Vegetables

Growing Soup Vegetables

Homemade soup made from home grown vegetables is both nourishing and nurturing. Start now by sowing or planting out soup vegetables, including parsnip, carrot, swede, turnip and leek. In 12 weeks you’ll be picking your first soup pot harvest.

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Herbs / Autumn

Herbs / Autumn

Cut & come again herbs such as parsley, rocket, sorrel, chervil and coriander, prefer growing in the cooler months. Sow some seeds every month straight into the garden for a trickle harvest into the kitchen.

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Home Grown: Nashi

Home Grown: Nashi

Crisp and crunchy nashi pears are just as cold-hardy as common pears but need fewer chilling hours to produce fruit, making them a delicious choice for every climate zone in Australia.

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How to: build a salad bar

How to: build a salad bar

Our salad bar makes the most of winter’s great salad greens.

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How to: fix your tomatoes

How to: fix your tomatoes

Fresh, vine-ripened tomatoes are one of the great joys of summer. The best way to ensure that your tomato-growing experience delivers baskets of delicious fruit is to keep plants healthy.

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How to: grow a salad bowl

How to: grow a salad bowl

Eden, Isla and Skye amazed their school friends when they took their own salad greens for lunch. Lettuce show you how easy it is!

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How to: grow amazing geraniums

How to: grow amazing geraniums

The plants I'm talking about here are botanically speaking Pelargonium though commonly called geranium. True Geranium species are delicate-looking perennials, usually with blue flowers.

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How to: grow blueberries

How to: grow blueberries

Blueberries are pretty shrubs, with delicate, pink, bell-shaped flowers that give way to delicious purple-blue berries full of goodness and high in antioxidants.

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How to: grow garlic

How to: grow garlic

April is garlic-planting time and it’s easier than you think to grow a year’s supply for your family.

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How to: grow mushrooms

How to: grow mushrooms

Button mushrooms are easy to grow at home.

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How to: grow stepover apples

How to: grow stepover apples

Bob Magnus (owner of Woodbridge, Tasmania) sells four different varieties of apples grafted onto extra-dwarf rootstock. These trees are designed to grow as a one-metre-high hedge. They are pretty and productive in an edible or ornamental garden. Choose all four for many months of fresh apples. Here’s how Bob recommends growing apples as a stepover.

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How to: grow strawberries from seed

How to: grow strawberries from seed

Strawberry seed packet holds well over 100 seeds and with a recommended retail price of $3.50 its the most economical way to grow your strawberries. 

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How to: grow your own ratatouille

How to: grow your own ratatouille

Ratatouille will convert the most meat-loving individual into a vegetarian – if only for one night! It was originally a common dish, prepared in the summer with fresh summer vegetables.

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How to: grow your vegies on the verge

How to: grow your vegies on the verge

We are fortunate to have a reasonably big space in our garden that we can allocate simply to growing food. Other gardeners make the most of space on a sunny balcony or terrace. If that’s not an option for you either, consider what might done on the verge! 

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How to: herb feast

How to: herb feast

Skye, Eden and Isla love to collect fresh herbs from the garden to add to dinner. Herbs are easy to grow: a perfectly delicious project for the summer holidays.

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How to: make a summer vegetable tepee

How to: make a summer vegetable tepee

For space saving nothing beats a tepee! A single structure will provide 36kg of cherry tomatoes, cucumber and green beans over a 3 month stretch.

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How to: make comfrey tea

How to: make comfrey tea

This home-grown fertiliser contains more potash, and more nitrogen, than commercial feeds, and costs only the price of a bucket and its water. Your vegetables will love it, especially your tomatoes.

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How to: Make Potting Mix

How to: Make Potting Mix

Plants in pots need the right nutrients, water, air and a quality potting mix to live happily ever after.

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How to: use your pea harvest

Peas are one of those crops that can make the home gardener feel smugly self-satisfied because they taste so good fresh from the garden.

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It's time to: Temperate gardens in June

It's time to: Temperate gardens in June

After a big growing season, early winter offers an opportunity to restore a little order. Sharpen those secateurs and get ready, because it's time to whip things into shape in the temperate garden this June

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Kale

Kale

It’s the most unpretentious of vegetables, yet is so fashionable there was a worldwide shortage of seed recently due to overwhelming demand. Beyond the fad, it’s worth a spot in the garden.

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Kitchen garden Artichoke

Kitchen garden Artichoke

Though globe artichokes are simple to grow, preparing them for the table involves that rarest of modern commodities - time. But if you’ve ever eaten freshly cooked artichokes you know the several processes involved amount to small effort for delicious reward.

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Kitchen Garden Jobs winter 2017

Kitchen Garden Jobs winter 2017

In the Kitchen Garden this winter Linda Ross is composting, planting winter veg and planning for the future.

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Kitchen Garden Spring Jobs

Kitchen Garden Spring Jobs

This spring try something new: a vertical pumpkin patch; a fence line of sweet potato or a hanging basket filled with the sweetest, most productive strawberry ever.

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