Fruit & Vegetables

Eden grow room with family

Eden Grow-Rooms

When I received a request from Eden Grow-Rooms to run a small story about their product on Self Sufficient Me, I thought, yeah why not? I've been considering writting about grow rooms for awhile now because from a food growers perspective, I'm always looking for methods, tools, and ideas on how to improve my harvest and a grow-room is

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Rosella plant red calyx and flower

How To Grow Rosella & Make It Into Jam?

Article updated on 24 May 2019 When I first saw rosella seedlings in the nursery I must admit to having little knowledge about the plant except for knowing great jam can be made from the “fruit.”    And, I further have to admit purchasing these seedlings without the slightest research into how to actually grow

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some large variety tomatoes on bench grown in subtropical climate

How To Make A Strong Tomato Trellis (Plus Tomato Tips)

Tomatoes are an amazing fruit and the tomato plant is a wonderful act of nature. I’ve previously stated how easy it is to grow tomatoes; however, awhile back, a cousin of mine had a “bone to pick with me” when she read an article of mine referring to growing tomatoes as “easy.” She said that

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Cucumber vine and hanging fruit on black plastic trellis

How And Why To Grow Cucumbers

This article was revised on 14 December 16 (a video I created was added towards the end of the post below – this gives some extra information on growing cucumbers and also how to ferment/pickle them).  Cucumbers, the phallic melon which takes pride of place displayed proudly in the fresh food section in supermarkets around

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finger lime tree with ripe fruit unsusal

Fruit Tree Diversity For Healthy Eating All Year Round

When I walk around the supermarket fruit aisles, all I see is ever increasing prices for a shrinking array of fresh produce. It seems like there is an attempt to groom ordinary consumers into creatures of habit buying certain premium product lines which are easy to manage with long shelf lives just to allow for

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pumpkin in shed window curing with vegetable garden in background

Growing Heirloom Vegetables – What are they & Why?

Humans… we're funny creatures. We love new stuff and then we also love what's old. One of my favourite songs (by a German band) has the chorus: Destroy, improve, and re-build. For some reason, I love the freedom in the intent of the song and the premise conserving holds back creation. But then, another part

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preping garden bed with hoe

When Is The Best Time To Grow Your Food Vegetable Garden?

Every climate and food garden has a particular time of year – a window of opportunity – when growing food is at its best. It’s extremely important to know when the beginning of this growing window is in your location; because, if you miss this window of growing opportunity it can set your food growing,

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olive pest lace bug beign attacked by a spider

The Good Bug, Bad Pest, and Ugly Diseases In Our Backyard Gardens

If anyone is still undecided as to whether insecticides are dangerous to humans then they should read the news today about 20 school children who died in India over the past 24 hours after eating a school prepared meal, which allegedly had not been washed correctly before cooking. Apparently, insecticide was still on and in

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black plum tomato whole on tea towel

The Black Plum – Tomato Variety Review & Rating

This tomato variety is called the Black Plum. And, let me start by immediately stating how I completely misunderstood this tomato from the beginning (until I actually tasted it). I grew this tomato through our winter here (subtropical climate) and although it's warmer than other places through winter where I am, tomatoes still can be tricky to

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Barbados Cherry (Acerola) on tree

Barbados Cherry (Acerola) Growing

Where I live (SE QLD, AUST) the temperature doesn't get low enough to successfully grow cherries, which is a shame because they taste great and are expensive to buy, therefore, growing them at home would be a much cheaper option (if I could). But cherries aren't the easiest plant to grow anyway even in a

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mulberry ripe in tree

Mulberry Tree Growing – Here We Go Round It

If I were to pick one tree which has stayed with me memorably since my childhood it would be the mulberry. When I was a boy there used to be a massive mulberry tree growing in a vacant lot adjacent to the laneway I walked through to get to primary school. Every spring I’d grab

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The Berry Nice – Tomato Variety Review & Rating

This tomato is called the Berry Nice. And, it happens to be the third "berry" type article I've posted this month! I started growing this tomato through our autumn here (subtropical climate) and grew my plants from seed I purchased online through eBay.  I'll be honest the Berry Nice name was what really drew my attention to

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How to Grow Beetroot and Preserve it

When I think of beetroot I can’t go past a hamburger with the lot and for me the sweetly pickled taste of the sliced beetroot mixing with the pineapple, lettuce, cheese, fried onions, egg – soft yolk, and of course the burger meat with some BBQ sauce on a buttered bread roll, is what nails

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Raised Garden Beds – Which Type Should I Choose?

Choosing the best type of raised garden bed to make or buy for a vegetable garden can become quite confusing these days with so many different options available. This article gives the pros and cons of the most popular types of raised garden beds to hopefully give people a better idea as to what might

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