April in the Vegie Patch

When to Call it Quits The season’s well and truly turned at my place. Cold nights slow heat lovers to a standstill, and although they have babies, it’ll be getting too cold for them to fully develop. So rouse your tough loving self and whip out the old (hurrah compost!) and sow the new. Especially […]

How (and When) to Harvest Garlic

The tips on my garlic leaves are beginning to yellow, this tells me harvest time is near. There is one way to know for sure and that’s to dig a bulb. Looks like we’re good to go! Once the tops start yellowing off there will be no more bulb development so don’t hold out for […]

Delicious dried apples

Our own dried apples are a family favourite. The ones you see here are Captain Kidd’s. If you gave my kids a dried apple from the supermarket they’d be horrified (tasteless, white, rubbery things) These are something special. Fruit with bird pecks, no stalks or bruises wont store, so need to be eaten right away […]

Plum Crazy, (are Pips the best?)

Plums have taken over my kitchen, and, quite frankly my life. The combination of having a bit of land to play on and being easily seduced by fruit trees means I now have loads more plums than our family can eat and usefully preserve. Because plums have a short shelf life (even plus the extra […]