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"Hello Lissa, a voice from the past! I have a Moringa growing in a pot, dying now as it gets colder I think you can grow new plants from cuttings, I’ll try and if successful, you can have one in Summer. Can you wait that long?"
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Spring has sprung in my backyard.

Posted on September 14, 2010 at 20:26 6 Comments

It's been a while since I blogged... but my backyard has been a hit-and-miss affair this year, and has looked so disorganised and untidy... witness my tomato jungle:

A few things I planted in winter have kept us going - snowpeas, lazy housewife beans, broccoli, lettuce, Chinese greens, mustard greens...…


Midsummer Munchings

Posted on January 25, 2010 at 12:30 9 Comments

The December storms and subsequent fiiling of the rainwater tank, brought hope to my heat-stressed, thirsty backyard. But I shouldn't complain, as we've never run out of veges for the wok.

Corn has been a good staple. The first dozen were in a shady spot, yielded small cobs.I planted the second block in full sun and was really successful, with each plant producing 2 and a few, 3 cobs. The first cobs were all large and full, the second, small but sweet.… Continue

Summer eating has begun!

Posted on November 17, 2009 at 8:30 6 Comments

First zucchini harvest was really gratifying! When we returned from Melbourne a week ago, there they were, ready for the wok! My dad had been watering the backyard while we were away, thank goodness, or everything would have shrivelled up and died.

However, while we were away, the dreaded mildew had also developed on the zuk and cuke plants. Started spraying with watered-down milk and that seems to have halted the pest. I am still hand pollinating, as… Continue

Looking forward to good summer eating!

Posted on October 8, 2009 at 16:54 11 Comments

CUCUMBERS! My favourite summer crop, and the first spring planting to go into the old tomato bed. The "infrastructure manager" built a fab angled cukie frame which also incorporates a frame for shadecloth:

The cukies are climbing happily up the mesh, and already have baby cukes! I planted 8 "burpless" and 4 "lebanese"! I've also put in some zucchinis with the cukies. Going to be a crowded bed… Continue

Heat wave - Damage Control!

Posted on August 26, 2009 at 16:38 6 Comments

This heat wave, plus empty water tank, has put great stress on my productive garden! We have been hand watering and mulching like mad, but today I noticed 2 of my little caulis have turned pink - the bigger ones seem to be coping. So some damage control measures had to be taken, and hubby was pressed into labour. In a few minutes, he erected a frame over the brassica bed, and threw an old shadecloth over it, stapled on and voila!

During the last… Continue

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At 9:49 on December 14, 2011, Vanessa Collier said…

Thanks for the link Addy.  I tried it on the weekend for a Christmas dinner and it was lovely.  It went down well and there was none left at the end.

At 6:18 on February 14, 2011, Donna said…
At 20:00 on July 7, 2010, Donna said…
Love the new profile pic - is that your first bunch of bananas?!
At 16:03 on April 20, 2010, Scarlett said…
hey thankyou Addy, that's lovely! :)
At 12:11 on April 18, 2010, Scarlett said…
yay!! :)
At 21:37 on April 17, 2010, Scarlett said…
oh no! i hope it turns up soon
At 10:59 on January 30, 2010, Lyn Buffett said…
It is a really vigourous plant so I have been pruning it to stop it going up trees etc. I might give it another pruning to see if it helps it produce more flowers, because it only has a few flowers on it.
At 8:31 on November 2, 2009, Donna said…
Hi Addy

Not sure how often you get into the Valley, so if you are interested I can get the seeds (there are a few places in Inala that have very interesting seeds that I have never heard of...) and give them to Christopher at the Garden Visit on 7th November.

If there is anything else specific you were looking for let me know the name and I can see if they have it.
At 0:53 on October 28, 2009, Morag Gamble said…
Hi Addy
Sorry I missed your message here on this forum until now. The order you remembered for the no dig garden was right. Essentially all the new nutrients under the paper - then thick layer of seed free mulch on top. Hope you tried it and it is working OK.
At 15:53 on September 23, 2009, Fungi Mushroom Growing Kits said…
Hi Addy,

We generally harvest 3-4 kilos over 3 flushes of mushrooms. It will depend on how big you grow your mushrooms before harvesting.

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