January In The Vegie Patch + Autumn Crops A Go Go

January is an opportunity to extend our summer crops. To create a lovely continuity after our current crops call it quits. Successional planting/ sowing is the proper name. Let’s just call it – not going hungry, little and often planting, or production plus  And while we’re at it, let’s think about dinner in Autumn. Let’s […]

How To Grow Beetroot

Beetroot is such a sweet crop. Virtues abound for the grower and the cook. Beets are undemanding on the soil, grow quickly, not bothered by pest or disease, use hardly any space and get on well with everyone – all in all easy peasy … or is it? Some of you are having beetroot traumas. […]

December In The Vegie Patch

A daily stroll is your secret garden weapon this December. Catching problems when they’re small makes for simple solutions = a peaceful easy life.  Pinching little laterals off your tomatoes and peppers leaves tiny wounds that heal in a flash and prevent viruses and bacteria getting in. Squashing little groups of aphids or a few […]

How to grow shell-out beans

Shell-out beans are such a star crop! Input to output ratio swings firmly in the output camp. Productive in a little space, demand little from the soil, are a good value vegetable protein and require no preserving at all – just pop them out of the dry pods and fill a big jar. Jars of […]