Fruit & Vegetables

Pittosporum Leafminer – Bad Bug To Have In Garden Pest

Pest Collection – Pittosporum leafminer Common Name: Pittosporum leafminer (lumps on leaves) Scientific Name: Phytobia pittosporphyllii Order: Diptera Host plant where this example was found: Native Daphne (Pittsporum undulatum Host range or situation where pest is usually found: Pittosporum spp. Predominantly P.undulatum/native lily pily Damaging stage (s): Female flies lays eggs below the epidermis on leaf

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Flower Beetle – Good Bug for the Garden Collection

The flower Beetle is harmless in the garden Common Name: Flower Beetle Scientific Name: Glycyphana stolata Order: Coleoptera Family: Scarabaeidae Host range or situation where pest is usually found: Native flowers and fruit tree flowers. The image in this post is of a flower beetle on a Meyer lemon flower. Damaging stage (s): Adults feed

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Pod Sucking Bug

Pod sucking bugs are not a good find in the garden Common Name: Pod sucking bug Scientific Name: Riptortus serripes  Order: Hemiptera Family: Alydidae (Broad headed Bugs) Host range or situation where pest is usually found: Native seed pods and bean pods in vegetable garden. The image in this post is of a pod sucking

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Tomatoes, Tomatoes, Tomatoes

  I love tomatoes – I really do. This fruit who many confuse as a vegetable (but who cares) is one of the most versatile foods on the planet. Where would we be without tomato ketchup, bolognese sauce, tomato pizza base with sun-dried tomatoes mozzarella cheese and a few basil leaves, tomato and lettuce salad,

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Same Fruits Different Tastes

Have you ever purchased a fresh vegetable or fruit from the supermarket or green grocer only to find once you bite-in the taste doesn't live up to your expectations? Well, you're not alone (not surprisingly because ever is a rather large window), but also, it seems the trend in tasteless vegetables and fruit is becoming

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Vegetable Growing and Space

When I first started adventuring into self sufficiency, in particular vegetable growing, I was extremely proud to have built my first vegetable patch – a square wooden sleeper style 2.4 x 2.4 metre raised box. My first few attempts at growing vegetables in this patch were encouraging but not terrific; however, after some trial and

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Shh, they call it… Sweet Potato

Sweet potato has become quite trendy lately. I've seen this easy to grow vegetable featuring in magazines, on TV in cooking shows (and advertisements). Many Pacific Island countries rely on sweet potato as a staple food source. This oblong tuber is a good source of vitamin A (one of the best) and is high in

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Potato Plant

How to Grow Potatoes

Turn 1kg of potatoes into 20kgs without divine intervention! Growing potatoes isn't difficult no matter where you live. It's just a matter of timing, a little digging, some potato food, and then a few short months of growing for you to produce the best tasting taters you'll ever eat. Just a few articles back I

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Black Russian Tomato on Vine

The Black Russian – Tomato Variety Rate & Review

  Introduction In our tomato variety reviews we rate and review each variety based on the following criteria:   Size of Fruit vs Productivity Taste & Meatiness (texture) Disease and Pest Resistance Growth X-Factor So, without fear, let's get started! Characteristics # 1 in our tomato series is the Black Russian. This odd coloured tomato might be “different”

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Yellow Beefsteak

Yellow Beefsteak – Tomato Variety Rating & Review

There are many subtle variants of the Yellow Beefsteak (some with quite different attributes) but this particular variety could be slightly different (or not) from what others grow with the same name. As with all the tomato reviews on SSM, the article will summarise by giving the tomato variety a final rating score by averaging the rating

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Rotary Hoe Job Lage Area

Tiller Or Rotary Hoe What To Get And How To Use

Introduction (This article was reviewed in July 2012) Tiller the Season to be Growing Trul-a-lul-a-la blah blah blah blah… I know the title is drawing a long bow for a Christmas theme but I've never been a very orthodox person and I guess if you have been following my articles over the past 6 months you'll

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Lettuce Mix Washed

How to grow lettuce?

*This article was revised in Dec 2012, and contains sponsored links. Lettuce is one of those common salad vegetables, which most of us take for granted as one of those regular foods in our diet we just always have and don't need to think about much. But, we should think about lettuce more because what

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Raspberries Home Grown

Save Time, Shop At Your “backyard-grocery”

Time-poor Many of us now live in a “time-poor” society and freeing up time or not wasting it is a business in itself these days with entrepreneurs cashing in on providing services and gadgets to save us a miserable minute. And, it isn't cheap either to free-up time but don't despair, because I've found a

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Tamarillo Sliced Quarts

Tamarillo or Tree Tomato

I'm always on the lookout for new fruit trees to plant in my garden. Many people don't realise how many thousands of different varieties of fruit there really are in the world besides the standard ones committed to the larger displays in the big supermarkets. However, if you check the back shelves in the supermarket

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How Much Sugar is in your Juice?

  Have you ever wondered what is really in a glass of fruit or vegetable juice? I have too. On the rare occasion when I do buy fruit or vegetable juice (because I prefer my own home-grown stuff), I often think about things like: how much is the juice watered down deliberately by the manufacturer;

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Italian Tree Tomato Half

Italian Tree Tomato – Tomato Variety Revew & Rate

A warning first about this particular tomato plant – grow it as a supplementary tomato not as the main staple as results can be mixed from season to season with this cheeky giant. Some seasons it grows perfectly and others it really struggles without any obvious reasons why… I suspect it's a little fickle when it

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Butcher birds getting out of rain overlooking vegetable garden

Wet Weather Boggy Vegetable Garden Problem Solved

It's about time I wrote something on landscaping as it is the base of all gardens for crying out loud. And, without a good landscaping plan (even if it means just using the natural landscape itself) all the best intentions won't enable a garden to reach its full potential – no matter how hard we

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