Category Archives: children

Autumn at Home – The Silver Lining in the Health Crisis

Of all the times to be interrupting our usual busyness and spending more time at home, what season could be lovelier than autumn? The ground is still warm, there’s water in the tanks and there’s still sunshine to get a … Continue reading

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May Garden Guide

In this edition… Hot and smokin’: Multi-functioning the pizza oven – turning the chilli harvest into chipotle seasoning; making pizzas (hey, who would have thought?); and overnight baked beans. When shading isn’t shading: using shadecloth to capture light for subtropical … Continue reading

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Composting tips – and workshop on Wed March 18

  “Old gardeners never die; they just very slowly turn into the most magnificent compost. But what a marvellous, active brew it is!” – Peter Cundall Different composting methods break down the material in different ways, using different helpers – so … Continue reading

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The Value of Edible Gardening with Children

Tonight I’m off to talk to families at my local childcare centre about what we do in the garden there – and why. When I started helping families to plan and create their food gardens a couple of years ago, … Continue reading

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Open Day – this Sunday

It’s that time of year again… just when the sun disappears, the rain hits, the weeds pop up and the fruit trees start dropping their tired old leaves everywhere, we fling the gate open and welcome you into our little warts-and-all … Continue reading

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Spring Open Day – Monday October 7th

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Curried butternut and lentil soup

Sorry, I’m still banging on about pumpkin. This time it’s butternuts. They’re not my favourite pumpkins but I believe in having a couple of varieties going in case either of them succumbs to bugs or diseases. The butternut vines made … Continue reading

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