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Nasturtium seeds recipes?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Christa Oct 19. 5 Replies

I can find every recipe under the sun for pickled nasturtium "capers" but how else can you use the seeds?Continue

Gardening moments

Started this discussion. Last reply by Valerie Oct 14. 10 Replies

Just for a bit of fun, let's share a few key moment in 2018Copy and finish each of the sentences below (about gardening only): (or maybe we should save this for the Christmas party?)This year I…Continue

An orange turned purple after being cut open?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Andrew Cumberland Sep 10. 1 Reply


Banana sap

Started this discussion. Last reply by Andrew Cumberland Aug 31. 5 Replies

Get the stains out of clothing by rubbing in hand sanitizer. It works!Continue


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"It looks great. The ones at Mogi seem to survive the years. Sadly mine died. I prefer the Genovese but it does not last very long. I should get another cutting from the library. We prune enough of it every week!"
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My first corn!

"that cob looks really healthy. Well done!"
Oct 27
Christa replied to Valerie's discussion Nasturtium seeds recipes?
"Maybe you could roast them, Valerie, I read somewhere to rinse off pickled ones and roast them.  Haven't tried that myself."
Oct 19
Elaine de Saxe replied to Valerie's discussion Nasturtium seeds recipes?
"Nasturtiums as we call them (they are really Tropaoleum sp.) are just a wonderful gift from the Universe. They turn up un-invited here and there and enliven our lives through winter when nothing much else is in flower. The bees love them. Though we…"
Oct 18
Dave Riley replied to Valerie's discussion Nasturtium seeds recipes?
"Using Nasturtiums in Food: LINK I'm not much taken with the flavour offered by Nasturtiums although I have lacto-fermented the seeds in the past and dropped the flowers into the  salad bowl. I have heaps of them growing all the time -- so…"
Oct 18
Dianne Caswell replied to Valerie's discussion Nasturtium seeds recipes?
"I am pretty sure I already posted Recipes for Nasturtium Pesto and the Nasturtium Capers they are in the Recipe Section. Here is a link to some recipes, the Butter is lovely …"
Oct 18
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Dave Riley replied to Valerie's discussion Nasturtium seeds recipes?
"Using Nasturtiums in Food: LINK"
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Elaine de Saxe replied to Valerie's discussion Nasturtium seeds recipes?
"Interested to see if they can be used otherwise."
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Spring 2018 in The Gap

Posted on August 28, 2018 at 14:30 5 Comments

Front bed 1: Apparently it was time to pull out the winter veggies. Well, my broccoli and cauliflower hadn’t even grown past the seedling stage. It seems that my chickens knew about it and scratched and ate them anyway. We got one good crop from the beans and that was the end of it. Nasturtiums had popped up in the lawn and were promptly relocated. The native bees just love them, as do I. Last weekend being full moon, it was a good day to fertilise. I spread my open bottom compost and some…


Just how bad did it get after 7 weeks of neglect?

Posted on January 20, 2018 at 16:00 9 Comments

We went away to see my folks. Whilst we did have a house sitter, we did not have a garden sitter. So, how bad did it get? Well, I did not have much hope to find anything alive by the time I come back, so I had set up the bed with some hardy plants and had fully intended to plant green manure. How did I go, I hear you saying. 

Well, the front garden looked something like this. it wasn't long before hubby grabbed the lawnmower and filled the 3 compost bins.…


Spring at The Gap

Posted on September 16, 2017 at 20:30 6 Comments

On days when it feels like nothing is growing in the garden, it is time to take stock. 

These garden were planted on 5 June17. Set up as simple version of wicking bed, they produced wonderfully for a while. constant supply of lettuce. Cauliflower that turned out to be red kale. (Thanks BOGI.) Kohlrabi and actual cauliflower that bolted and flowered but then got finally eaten. Ah well. You live and learn. …


April at The Gap

Posted on April 20, 2017 at 14:00 5 Comments

Weather has finally cooled down and a bit of a break at work means I give the garden my almost full attention

Bed 1 got a facelift in time for summer, with frame and shade. Now planted with rescued cherry toms from facebook share page in the Gap, spring onions, parsley. Bed 2 has more advanced volunteer cherry toms. I planted celery, which is still alive but I don't argue with volunteer tomatoes.…


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At 1:57 on August 18, 2017, David Richardson said…

Thanks for the warm welcome.

At 21:07 on May 13, 2014, Vanessa Thompson said…

.... and drop off worm farms to you! [sorry i left that out of my above comment]

At 21:06 on May 13, 2014, Vanessa Thompson said…

ok LoL the garden visit is not until June, thats too far into time for me to know what im doing around than heehee.... but im driving into the city for rural discovery day {kids school trip} on the 22nd of May and if you are available, i can pick up before or after we have finished in there ??? 

At 20:57 on May 13, 2014, Vanessa Thompson said…

HI Valerie, 

Im not sure about the next garden visit.... BRB ill just check when it is.... but id love to do a swap with you. {ps: these two farms do not have legs, i had them on bricks} 

At 20:21 on November 17, 2013, Muriel said…

Thanks very much for the lovely afternoon Valerie-Ann.

If you could bring plate to the Christmas garden visit that would be great.

Also please thank Rhys for the hose which will come in very useful


At 8:58 on March 17, 2013, DARREN JAMES said…

H Valerie jerusalum artichokes would still be growing and not ready for harvest yet and it may be hard at the moment to find   any rhisomes. to grow You may have to wait a while winter perhaps .One place worth a try is Kenmore village in the fruit shop although they may be in the same predicament..Good luck

At 5:16 on March 16, 2013, Lissa said…

Welcome to the Garden Visit group Valerie-Anne.

Keep an eye on the Calendar within the group to see where visits are planned for the year. I also list them in Events as some require RSVP.

Addresses for the visits are sent out the week before via email to your actual email account (whatever you have provided to the BLF site) - they don't turn up in your Private Messages.

Let me know if you have any problems. I'm happy to help :)

At 17:59 on February 24, 2013, Scarlett said…

welcome Valerie- Anne :)



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