Category Archives: Vegetable Gardening

All of Summer is now stored…

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There comes a point in every Autumn when the tomatoes are finally, finally done. We’ve passata-ed and dried and preserved and cooked to the point where all of summer is stored, and on the shelf.

Last weekend was our final session of tomato squishery (and drying) before the garden gets packed down for its winter sleep beneath the frost…  Continue reading

Windowsill Farming with Microgreens

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Packing a nutritional punch and super easy to grow in spaces as small as windowsills, there’s a lot to love about microgreens.

Simply put, these baby plants are vegetable, greens and herb seedlings, harvested at just a week or two old.  Continue reading

Magic Beans

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Purple Kings are one of our favourite bean crops – they’re hardy, prolific and darn tasty.

But the best bit is that they turn green when cooked. Magic beans!  Continue reading

Bean Tipi: the harvest

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It’s a cubby house, but also bee forage, a shade structure for tender herbs, a plentiful source of dinner beans, and seed saving stock, too. Hooray for the Bean Tipi!

And I don’t think our summer garden will ever be without one, from this year onward. They’re far too much fun.

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Home-grown Shiitake Logs: harvest time

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Growing shiitakes on logs is a great idea for any backyard or small farm food system. Partly because after the burst of work needed at the start, you don’t need to think about them for a fair while, until they’re ready.

Then there’s the main reason that shiitake logs are a great idea. Because eventually, one rainy day, you get shiitakes. Oh so good…  Continue reading

How to: test your garden soil’s pH, and balance it for a better veggie harvest

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So you’re resolved to grow the best darn vegetables ever. You’re on a mission to feed your family nutrient-dense, organic, home-grown food, to stick it to the supermarket, and to hopefully have enough to share with friends and neighbours too.

Getting your soil’s pH balanced can help a lot. Here’s how to do it: Continue reading

Visiting Buena Vista Farm (and an upcoming course there, too)

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Perched on green headlands with rich volcanic soil below, mountains behind and the wide blue of the Pacific out front, Buena Vista Farm is a pretty special place.

And as a bonus, it’s peopled by an awesome young farming family producing beyond organic food for their community, and doing it with a smile…  Continue reading

Summer is DONE (but our garden is not)

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So officially, Summer is done and dusted. Which is fine with me, if it means Autumn rains aplenty. By the Milkwood Farm clock, however, we’re still right smack bang in Summer, for a few more weeks at least.

Tomatoes absolutely everywhere, corn coming on, beans about to ripen, cucurbits extra absolutely everywhere, and Surprise! more ducklings. Ah, Summer…  Continue reading

Country wine, veggies everywhere and tempeh Sandor…

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So this week has been a little crazy. There’s been farm vegetable harvests, amazing fermentation action, backyard veggies learning and a tempeh version of Sandor Katz’s head to deal with…

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Harvest Cafe: paddock to plate, for real

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The whole restaurant-with-added-market-garden is becoming a bit of a thing. And hooray for that.

Most examples I’ve seen, however, are heavy on look-and-feel, but light on actual, really truly, garden-to-plate action. Not so with Harvest Cafe in Newrybar, just south of Byron Bay.  Continue reading

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