earth garden

Article in Earth Garden Magazine

When a copy of the Spring 2015 issue of Earth Garden Magazine arrived in the mail today I was surprised.  I don’t have a postal subscription. But then I remembered a short piece I was asked to write last January describing my garden. The editor who requested the article told me that if it was… 

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Jo Southwell

An interview with Jo from Country Life Experiment

When Lizzie, Kyrstie and I decided to revamp the monthly Garden Share Collective linkup, we agreed that we would like to find out more about the participating gardeners.  Where do they garden?  Why do they do it? And what challenges do they face along the way? It wasn’t difficult to decide who would be the… 

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Michael Caton

The Archibalds 2015

A highlight of my trip to Sydney last week was bussing into town to see the Archibald, Wynne and Sulman exhibition at the Art Gallery of NSW. At first I focussed only the paintings and read with interest the story behind each work of art.  But soon I became more interested in watching other people… 

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Size month

The Garden Share Collective Theme for August is SIZE

When I first participated in the Garden Share Collective, in August last year, my blog was less than one month old.  Both my garden and my blog have changed and developed a great deal since then. And just as blogs and gardens change, so too, is the Garden Share Collective changing.  In July, Kyrstie from… 

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Meyer lemon

The Food Gardening Gene

I’ve often wondered where my love of kitchen gardening came from.   I’m not an especially expert gardener, but I get an enormous sense of satisfaction from harvesting fruit and vegetables that I grew myself. My family has many keen gardeners but I’m the only kitchen gardener — at least, that’s what I thought until recently…. 

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snowdrops

To a Snowdrop

Once, many years ago, when I was a very new gardener in my early 20s, I dug up some of the snowdrops that proliferated in a local park and, proud of my thriftiness, planted them in my garden.  Some time later, my grandmother came to visit and tut-tutted in horror at the onion weed I… 

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almond blossom

First almond blossoms

Day after day this week, on arriving home from work, I rushed to my little almond tree to observe its transformation from a mass of bare brown branches, to swelling buds, and finally, the first, tentative, pink-tinged flowers. In the drear and sludge of late winter, the first almond blossoms feel like an annual miracle. … 

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almond bud with raindrop

My Late Winter Garden

The first time I participated in the Garden Share Collective, in August last year, my blog was less than one month old.  Both my garden and my blog have changed and developed a great deal since then. And just as blogs and gardens change, so too, is the Garden Share Collective changing.  Last month, Kyrstie… 

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bare-rooted trees

How to plant a bare rooted fruit tree

Nothing makes me more excited than wandering around a plant nursery in mid winter looking at the bare rooted fruit trees. If only I could buy them all. I am addicted to fruit trees.  I now have around 25 fruit trees in my suburban patch in Adelaide and I would plant more if I had… 

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strawberry yogurt

EasiYo Yogurt Maker Review

As a frequent buyer and eater of yogurt, I feel guilty that I don’t make yogurt at home more often to save money and reduce my consumption of single-use plastic containers.  I mean, how hard can it be? The answer is, harder than you may think.  (At least for me.) My attempt at slow cooker… 

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more candied peel

Candied Citrus Peel

Have you ever made candied citrus peel?  If you haven’t, I highly recommend you do, especially if you grow citrus trees or have access to unwaxed organic fruit. Home-made candied peel is a gazillion times nicer than the commercial stuff you buy diced in little plastic bags or that comes in commercial mixed fruit.  It’s… 

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yellow kitchen

3 Vintage Pastel Kitchens You’ll Love

I am a sucker for mid 20th century kitchens with their pastel cabinetry and appliances, geometric vinyl floor tiles and brightly-patterned curtains. The colorful, stylish kitchens fashionable in the 50s and 60s were a far cry from the dimly lit workrooms inhabited by servants and hard-working housewives at the start of the century.  They seem… 

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banana and choc chunk muffins

Cinnamon, Banana and Chocolate Chunk Muffins

Not only are banana muffins a great way to use up over-ripe bananas, they taste delicious too.  In this recipe, I take ordinary banana muffins to the next level by adding fragrant cinnamon and chunks of dark chocolate. I created these cinnamon, banana and chocolate chip muffins a couple of weeks ago when I was… 

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