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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: growing vegetables from seed

How to: growing vegetables from seed

Planting punnets of vegetable seedlings is easy, but it is much more cost-effective and more fulfilling - not to mention offering wider choice and better results - to sow seed directly into the garden. The key is to sow plants suited to your climate, at the appropriate time of year.

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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 coconut peat

How to: use coconut peat

Need a lightweight, easily stored, highly effective potting medium? Look no further than this byproduct of coconut production, which has advantages for plants as well as gardners.

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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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In my Kitchen Garden

In my Kitchen Garden

In the first of a new series that shares the knowledge and experience of food growers around the country, Kate Neale dishes the dirt on her top summer growing tips and her favourite new harvest.

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In my kitchen garden: Camden, NSW

In my kitchen garden: Camden, NSW

Mickey Robertson’s kitchen garden at Glenmore House is as beautiful as it is productive, experimental and instructive.

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In the garden: June

In the garden: June

It's time to get the jump on the cold this June and prepare the garden for the mid-winter chill


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In the garden: May

In the garden: May

Back by popular demand - our reminders of what to do in the garden this season.

 


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In the Temperate Kitchen Garden this autumn

In the Temperate Kitchen Garden this autumn

The temperate kitchen garden in autumn is all about planning for winter, planting hearty veg and preserving your harvest for the colder months. Linda Ross has plenty of tips on what you can do in your patch right now.

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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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Kitchen Garden Spring: Soft Herbs

Kitchen Garden Spring: Soft Herbs

The key to a thriving herb garden is to give each plant the conditions it needs to prosper. The result is easy gardening, and delicious pickings. Here Linda Ross shows you her favourites and the conditions they need to thrive in spring.

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Kitchen garden subtropical

Kitchen garden subtropical

Arno is a garden designer and writer whose garden in Brisbane is mostly edible. He is constantly testing the received garden wisdom for its relevance to subtropical gardeners, and trialing new products. Let's see what Arno's growing this spring

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Kitchen Garden Summer

Kitchen Garden Summer

Summer brings the vegetable patch’s peak of production. The heat of the sun powers growth, but threatens disaster too. Rise with the birds for early deep watering, and let your mantra be mulch, mulch, mulch.


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Kitchen Garden winter jobs

Kitchen Garden winter jobs

Warm up this winter with a new project to increase your home harvests: compost bin, worm farm, raised beds, chicken coop, citrus wall? Now’s the time to get stuck in.

 


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Kitchen Garden: Autumn

Kitchen Garden: Autumn

We’re picking basket-loads of dark green kale, snacking on mandarins, pickling the beetroot harvest and turning the last tomatoes into bottles of sauce. From patch to plate autumn is full of colour and flavour.

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Kitchen Garden: Autumn

Kitchen Garden: Autumn

Autumn is the crowded moment in the vegetable garden when warm season vegetables reach their peak harvest and the cool season crops are keen to get in the ground. Here’s how we manage it.

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Kitchen garden: Rhubarb

Kitchen garden: Rhubarb

Rhubarb is one of the few perennial vegetables. A clump will produce tangy, juicy stems season after season with almost no effort from the gardener.

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Kitchen Garden: Spring

Kitchen Garden: Spring

We love picking dinner fresh from the vegie patch. Everything tastes so much better! Spring is a busy time in the edible garden. Here are our tips and tricks for a bumper summer harvest.

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Kitchen garden: Spring jobs

Kitchen garden: Spring jobs

There’s inspiration here to help expand your vegetable repertoire – in the garden and on the plate! 

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Kitchen Garden: Spring Planting

Kitchen Garden: Spring Planting

It’s time to pull out winter crops to make room for summer’s great produce. Here Linda Ross shares her know-how and experience about what to plant now to keep a family of four enjoying delicious home-grown food all through summer.

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Kitchen Garden: Subtropical summer

Kitchen Garden: Subtropical summer

Gardening for the kitchen in the subtropics? Our resident tropical garden expert Arno King has the lowdown on all the seasonal jobs, as well as the tips and tricks to get things happening in the subtropical kitchen garden.

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Kitchen Garden: subtropical winter

Kitchen Garden: subtropical winter

Arno is a garden designer and writer whose garden in Brisbane is mostly edible. He is constantly testing the received garden wisdom for its relevance to subtropical gardeners, and trialling new products. Lets see what Arno's growing this winter

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Kitchen Garden: Summer

Kitchen Garden: Summer

Summer is all about harvest: buckets of tomatoes, cucumbers and beans are flooding into the kitchen. The only challenge is finding enough tomato recipes!

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Kitchen Garden: Summer Herbs

Kitchen Garden: Summer Herbs

Plenty of summer herbs need the heat of the sun to intensify their flavour. Here Linda Ross lists her pick of the bunch.

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Kitchen Gardens: Peas

Kitchen Gardens: Peas

Nothing tastes like spring quite as much a sweet pea - whether freshly podded, or enjoyed pod and all. The only trick is to get the peas to the kitchen before the children eat them all off the vines!

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Kitchen Gardens: Temperate

Kitchen Gardens: Temperate

Springtime in the temperate kitchen garden is time for soil preparation, tomato planting, and building structures for vine crops.

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Know your: balcony flowers

Know your: balcony flowers

Add some summer dazzle to a sunny balcony with these pot-loving beauties.

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Know your: indoor plants

Know your: indoor plants

Plants make indoor spaces beautiful and people happy. Here are a few easy-care options to start - or enlarge! - your indoor garden.

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Lemons

Lemons

Lemons are the most versatile of fruits – both the juice and zest enliven drinks, marinades, dressings, puddings, cakes, biscuits and sorbets – yet gardeners find that lemons give them a pain. Here Linda explains how to make lemons your favourite squeeze!

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Macadamia

Macadamia

There’s more to a macadamia than a chocolate-coated, or salted, roasted nut. This plant might provide our best known and loved native food, but it’s also a beautiful shade tree for a medium-sized garden. Linda Ross shares the good oil on growing the king of the nuts in your own garden.

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Macadamia integrifolia

Macadamia integrifolia

The macadamia hails from Queensland and northern NSW but for a long time it was better known in Hawaii than in its homeland.

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Mango

Mango

Nothing on earth smells as good as the first whiff of a new season mango! And the pleasure is even greater when the fruit is from your own garden. Sandra Ross shares her growing hints for this tropical favourite.

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Meet Dr Kate Neale, garden-health researcher

Meet Dr Kate Neale, garden-health researcher

What are the therapeutic benefits of gardening in social housing, preschools, schools, health services and aged care? Dr Kate Neale from Southern Cross University is keen to find out, starting with KindyGarden, a program aimed at getting 3-5 year olds growing food.

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Meet Keith and Maureene Smith

Meet Keith and Maureene Smith

Cancer fundraisers and plant propagators

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Meet Tahnee Carroll, Stylist and plant-lover

Meet Tahnee Carroll, Stylist and plant-lover

Tahnee Carroll has never seen a room that can’t be made more appealing with a plant or two, as she explains in this extract from a new book on indoor plants, ‘Leaf Supply’.

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Meet: Justin Russell, market gardener

Meet: Justin Russell, market gardener

Justin Russell was a keen gardener and a writer about gardening until last November, when he and wife Kylie plunged into full-time market gardening. It's been a tough road, with severe drought.

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Meet: Matt Purbrick, village life enthusiast

Meet: Matt Purbrick, village life enthusiast

The happiest healthiest people in the world are those who live in simple agricultural communities where life is shared. It’s a way of life that Matt Purbrick and his partner Lentil enjoy in regional Victoria and extoll through their business, Grown and Gathered.

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Melons

Melons

A sweet slice of cold melon on a hot summer’s day – irresistible! Watermelons, rockmelons and honeydew melons are easy to grow in the backyard as long as you have a bit of space.

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Mickey's garden

Mickey's garden

Mickey Robertson gardens at Glenmore House near Camden. Sounds like a scene out of Pride and Prejudice? Well yes, you do feel as though you've traveled back in time where women wear linen and the air smells clean. Winter, she says, is crisp mornings thawing to glorious blue-sky days. Early morning reveal traces of frost on cabbage and kale leaves; and sometimes, just sometimes, the paddocks blanketed in white. Evenings also have a rhythm all their own as woodsmoke trails through the valley. Here she shares glimpses of days in her winter garden.

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Moon Planting

Could a better understanding of the night sky be your key to a more productive vegetable garden?

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