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Support Our Farmers

One way to support our farmers through the difficult drought times that the Australian agricultural sector is facing is to go the extra mile to seek out and buy Australian grown produce. So much effort and care has gone into the production of the fruit and vegetables that we buy each week and we should support our local farmers. In fact, many growers bring their … Continue reading Support Our Farmers

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Apples and Summer Fruit from Orange

What an abundance of Australian grown summer fruit: nectarines, peaches, apricots, plums, new season apples, pears, figs, mangoes , the summer delicacy, prickly pears and much more were available this morning at Parklea Markets in outer Sydney. Fruit growers, Rod and Boris, brought them to us, as they do each week, direct from the farm in the premier fruit growing region of Orange, NSW. The … Continue reading Apples and Summer Fruit from Orange

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Delicious Australian Grown Apples from Orange

Early this morning at Parklea Markets in outer Sydney we were spoilt for choice for the finest apples and pears brought to us direct from the premier fruit growing region of Orange in NSW. With those magnificent apples, just picked, crisp and delicious, it was hard to decide which varieties to buy this week. Then there were the many different varieties of sweet pears. I … Continue reading Delicious Australian Grown Apples from Orange

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Enjoying and Growing Pulses

The year 2016 was nominated as the International Year of Pulses. We joined the activities by listing recipes on this page along with links to information pages for growing various pulses in the home garden. Check out the recipes and growing information below. Last year we grew Chickpeas with success and you can see the plant in the banner of this post and photographed below. … Continue reading Enjoying and Growing Pulses

What to Plant in June

This is the first day of winter and this is the first planting guide of the season. The following is a list of vegetables that you can plant in June in Sydney, a temperate zone (just click on the link for the growing guide for each vegetable). Beans – broad beans Cabbage seedlings Garlic Kale seedlings Lettuce Mustard greens Onion Peas Radish Snow Peas Strawberry … Continue reading What to Plant in June

What to Plant in May

The following is a list of vegetables and herbs that you can plant in May in Sydney, a temperate zone (just click on the link for the growing guide for each vegetable): Beans – broad beans Brussels sprouts seedlings Cabbage seedlings Carrot Cauliflower seedlings Garlic Kale seedlings Kohlrabi Leeks seedlings Lettuce Mizuna Mustard greens Onion Pak Choy Parsley Peas Radish Rocket Shallots Silverbeet Snow Peas … Continue reading What to Plant in May

Pasta with Potato Sauce, Sausage and Chard

Pasta and potatoes may seem an unusual combination but you will be surprised at how delicious this humble Italian dish really is. It has its origins in Neopolitan peasant cuisine that made use of leftover pasta and vegetables so that nothing was wasted. The Italians have always been creative and this dish is a sustainable way to use up leftover mixed pasta and with potatoes … Continue reading Pasta with Potato Sauce, Sausage and Chard

The Spectacular Hylocereus undatus

Recently, I had the pleasure of observing the night flowering Hylocereus undatus as it bloomed. This is the flower of the pitahaya or white fleshed dragon fruit. Catching the plant in flower can be tricky if the plant is small like mine, (it had only one flower) and it blooms only over one night between dusk and dawn.  It is easy to overlook the emerging bud as … Continue reading The Spectacular Hylocereus undatus