If you’ve got kids now’s the time to get them harvesting the last of your runner beans – and don’t worry if they don’t make it to the table!
Mates, companions, pals or friends. Whatever you call it – marigolds, tomatoes, and lettuces like to hang in the same circles.
Stonewash denim, formica tables and knitting groups – all signs of decades past? Wrong. These remnants of a time gone by have returned from the dead and now they’re making a comeback!
So this month we’re going to jump on the return of the ‘kitch’ and ‘retro’ bandwagon and plant some of nana’s favourites – marigolds, petunias and portulacas.
Plant your winter vegetables – if you haven’t already. First though, you need to get the soil ready. Dig it over, then apply compost, fertiliser and a dressing of lime to to sweeten the soil, encourage plant growth and help prevent club root.
We’re all guilty of over-indulging at Christmas, whether it’s alcohol, food or spoiling the kids with mountains of presents.
But by getting the kids involved in growing their own vegetables for Christmas dinner you might just get them looking forward to something other than presents – and eating something other than sweets.
Top chefs will tell you the secret to a great meal is to use the freshest ingredients available. And you can’t get fresher, or more available, than your own garden.
With our increasing love for exotic foods, having a ready supply of Asian herbs and other ingredients growing in your garden is a great way to impress the guests at your next dinner party.
As you would expect, there are several ‘trade secrets’ to getting the best from your garden.
Many gardeners strive for years without ever really feeling completely satisfied with their efforts. Others struggle on without even guessing how much better it could be.