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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

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: 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: 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 winter bulbs

Know your winter bulbs

When autumn leaves have fallen, elegant little floral petticoats burst from the soil in optimistic, spring-anticipating growth.


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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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Lemon Delicious

Lemon Delicious

Self-saucing puddings are a dessert staple at my place through winter, and the tangy, silky lushness of an old-fashioned lemon delicious is a favourite. I like it with icing sugar sprinkled on top and whipped cream on the side, but my kids always vote for the hot/cold thrill of vanilla ice cream as an accompaniment. If you like, instead of serving from a pudding dish, you can cook the puddings in six individual one-cup ovenproof dishes.


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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

Moon Planting

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

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Mulberry

Mulberry

No summer goes by in the Ross family household without mulberry jam, mulberry pie, and swirled mulberry icecream. Fancy the menu? Take Linda’s tips on growing the hero ingredient.

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Olives

Olives

Olives have been cultivated commercially for more than 5000 years, since well before Socrates pondered the meaning of life as he wandered through the groves of Athens. Individual trees are themselves capable of living more than 2000 years, entitling them to oversee not only generations but entire civilisations. Planting one in your garden offers not only delicious pickled fruit, but a link to the past, and way into the future.

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Oranges

Oranges

Orange trees are jewels for the home garden with shiny green foliage, sweet-smelling blossom and glowing winter fruit. 

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Oranges 2

Oranges 2

Sweet golden oranges are winter’s special treat. They hang on our trees like glowing globes and feature in our kitchens as breakfast juice and marmalade; cakes and desserts; salads and delicious any-time snacks. Linda Ross has the juice on how to get the best from them in your garden.

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Papaya

Papaya

I grew up around papaws. My grandpa grew them. My uncles grew them. My parents grew them. They live in memory, but the old papaw has of late taken a back seat to the more luscious, tropical papaya.


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Papaya and coconut muffins

Papaya and coconut muffins

Here’s a healthy morning tea treat or after-school snack. Muffins with the sweet goodness of fresh papaya. It’s too easy!


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Passionfruit

Passionfruit

Get it right and you’ll be plucking bucket-loads of fruit from your passionfruit vine; get it wrong and you won’t see a single sausage! We have the answers.

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Peas

Peas

Here’s a garden fact: you can never plant too many peas. Every year Justin Russell rues not having doubled his initial sowing. But not this year. Join in, plan big and follow his tips for a bumper harvest.

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Perch Hill Farm

Perch Hill Farm

Linda is passionate about growing all her own vegetables at home. So she sought inspiration from England’s great gardener, writer, teacher, and vegetable grower, Sarah Raven.

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Pineapples

Pineapples

Linda Ross was suffering from pineapple nostalgia: for when car trips up north invariably passed through fields of pineapples and by the tremendous (for a 9-year-old) ‘Big Pineapple’. So she grew pineapples in her backyard patch in Sydney and surprised herself and the family with a bumper harvest!

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Plant Thai food

Plant Thai food

We love to plan our vegetable beds around dinner, so we grow a pizza-patch, a ratatouille garden, and our current favourite, a Thai takeaway. This is a hot-spot of the herbs, spices, vegetables and fruits that go into favourites such as tom yum soup and Thai beef salad. Here we offer tips for a scaled-down version that is, in the tradition of Thai takeaway puns, Thairiffic!

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