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Watching our parents tending a large vegetable garden and seeing the results on the table for dinner is a dim memory for many people today. How about recreating those scenes on the balconies of our apartments or the patios of our townhouses?

Beer trap for snails

October 22, 2012 | Filed under In the Garden

Once again my rengarenga lilies are being attacked by snails.  There’s a massive snail nursery in my patch.  So I was pleased to be reminded recently about a beer trap using a plastic soft drink bottle to catch these pesky snails.

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Spring vegetable planting

October 12, 2012 | Filed under Growing vegetables

Sunday was warm and sunny so it was time to get out in the garden and clean up the raised beds ready for spring planting of lettuces, brassicas (cauliflower, broccoli, cabbage) and later this month when the cold nights have hopefully gone – tomatoes, zucchini, capsicums and aubergines. …Read more

Spring greens

September 30, 2012 | Filed under Growing vegetables

Those heavy frosts earlier this month are a distant memory (I hope) and this morning’s balmy weather seemed the perfect time to plant out my lettuce seedlings. …Read more

Planting new rose bushes

July 6, 2012 | Filed under Soul food

Winter is the best time to plant new roses.  This is because the plants are bare of leaves and will grow stronger if planted at this stage.  There will be a good variety in garden centres right now. …Read more

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