Boozy Plums

Every year we put down some boozy fruits – vanilla brandy apricots, raspberry gin, peach rosemary vodka, damson gin, pears in cider, spiced plum brandy…  best fun preserving! Sterilise your jars and lids. Let the jars cool to warm. Halve and stone the fruit or if not freestone then simply prick the fruit all over. […]

Plant Citrus, Prune Tamarillos and Feed your Fruit Trees

Citrus and Subtropical Planting Time is Here! Years ago I read an article by Russel Fransham from Subtropica that advocated delaying planting of citrus and subtropicals until after risk of frost had passed. This made so much sense to me. Citrus hate the cold. Especially in that vulnerable new plant phase. It’s better they flourish […]

July In The Vegie Patch

You could be forgiven for thinking that the vegie patch has had its day by frosty, cold July. I wanna show you otherwise – come take a look round my July garden. The greenhouse is giving us sweet peppers, chillies, celery, the occassional tomato, lettuces, coriander and beetroot. Outside – leafy greens abound (chard, parsley, […]

How To Store Apples

A store of eating apples to draw on through Autumn and Winter is deeply satisfying, and the best kai of all – an apple as nature intended! Storing is, however, pretty tricky for home gardeners, and the perfect long term storage (consistently cool, 90% humidity and rodent proof) eludes me still. Though I haven’t reached […]