Fruit & Vegetables

How to Grow Galangal 5 Top TIPS! (Includes Video)

The following article is a modified transcript from a video I created on how to grow galangal so if you'd rather watch the video instead of reading scroll down to the bottom of the page.  This is my five top tips on how to grow a ton of galangal for some reason I think of

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What to Use When You Have Run Out of Compost?

There’s arguably nothing better for your backyard garden than your own homemade rich compost made from kitchen scraps, grass clippings, and other organic garden waste. Compost adds nutrients to the soil creating food for plants, worms, fungi, and microbes it also helps give the soil structure and water holding qualities reducing the need to water

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How to Start a Spring Vegetable Garden

The following article is a guest post by Ann Sanders founder of the Blog/Website A Green Hand based in the USA (more details/link to her Site at the end). With the arrival of the spring season, many homeowners aspire to grow their own vegetables. However, it’s not as simple as sowing seeds in the soil

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How to Plant & Grow Avocado Trees in Clay Soil

I've learnt the hard way when it comes to growing avocado trees. Scroll to the end of this article to watch the VBlog (video).  Initially, back in 2006 when I planted several avos in our orchard, I thought that a foot of topsoil would be enough to grow a healthy avocado tree. All our other

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How to Grow a Lot of Limes on Just One Tree – Organically

Lately, I have been sent several requests by viewers of my YouTube Channel to "transcribe" some of my more popular videos so they can be read (for various reasons, including those who have difficulty understanding spoken English). This article/transcription is on Five Tips on How to Grow a Ton of Limes – Organically and the

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Why Are Some Big Cucumbers NOT Ok to eat?

Most cucumbers sold in the supermarket are small to medium size, even though they can grow much bigger, so why aren't more larger sized cucumbers sold? Is it because the flavour of the cucumber decreases as the fruit gets bigger? Burpless cucumber variety (image above) The truth is, yes, sometimes older and larger cucumbers can taste awful

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What’s Wrong With My Lemon Tree The Fruit Tastes Awful?

The other day, I received an email from Nytasha asking me if I could help her find out what was wrong with her lemon tree… Basically, Nytasha was puzzled by how bad the fruit (produced by her "seemingly healthy" lemon tree) tasted and if I had any experience or thoughts as to what was causing the

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Birdies Raised Bed Garden Products now in the USA on Amazon

For our readers over in the USA (of whom they're many… THANKS) I thought I would inform you about how some Birdies raised garden beds are now starting to be sold on Amazon. Those that don't know, Birdies was one of the very first companies (about 12 or so years ago) to see a future

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Should I buy a Vertical Garden kit?

Lots of people would love to grow their own fresh vegetables but baulk at the idea because they simply don't have the space or desire to maintain a large garden bed. Sometimes it's the lack of permanency such as people who live in rental properties that prevents them from getting into food gardening knowing they

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Best Tool for Raised Bed Gardening

Yesterday, I received an email asking what tool I recommend for high raised bed gardens and it just so happens there is a special tool I do use all the time for my raised beds gardens and it's called an entrenching tool (or ET). I tend to always misspeak and call it an ET tool,

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Olive – Arbequina (Olea europaea) Harvest Curing in Large Jar

If you are considering growing backyard olives then the Arbequina variety is worth checking out!   Arbequina olive trees are a popular commercial variety of olive because they produce a good olive oil but they are also a common variety sold on the domestic market due to being an early fruiting tree and often produce

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Self-Sufficiency Tip: Grow More Than You Need

I often get asked, "what are you going to do with all that produce?" Sometimes people enquire because their first thought when seeing a glut of homegrown food is waste but here's how I see an oversupply of produce: Success – Whenever we get a great harvest I see the achievement. Backyard farming isn't always,

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Best Places to Buy Plants & Seeds Online

Article updated on 9th November 2017 – Added additional retailer to list Most of us realise (and accept) the internet is changing our behaviour in many different ways and buying plants or seeds for the home garden is one them! I personally think the move towards online plants and seeds is a good change for

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More Raised Beds & Rubber Pavers Around the Vegetable Garden

Over the past few months, I've made some big changes to our vegetable garden and I intend to publicise these "improvements" (I should say) in detail in future articles and videos. But as the video at the end of this post shows, over the past few days I have concentrated my efforts on the central

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