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Sweet Sapphire Grapes, a New Variety

Last year I had the pleasure of trying out this sweet and crisp new variety of grape, the Sweet Sapphire grape, developed in California and now grown here in Australia and around the world. They were just so sweet and delicious. The Sweet Sapphire grape is a new variety, naturally crossbred and GMO free, and grown in farms around Mildura in Victoria and in the … Continue reading Sweet Sapphire Grapes, a New Variety

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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 August

The following is a list of vegetables you can plant in August in Sydney, a temperate zone. Just click on the link for the growing guide for each vegetable: Amaranth Artichokes in pots Beetroot Cabbage in seed trays Cape Gooseberry Capsicum in pots Chilli in pots Eggplant in seed trays Kohlrabi Leeks in seed trays Mustard Greens Onion Parsnip Peas Potato Radish Rocket Snow Peas … Continue reading What to Plant in August

What to Plant in July

The following is a list of vegetables you can plant in July in Sydney, a temperate zone, (just click on the link for the growing guide for each vegetable) Beetroot Lettuce Mustard Greens Onion Peas Radish Snow Peas Strawberry plants Plant of the Month – Tillandsia usneoides- (Old Man’s Beard) Tillandsia usneoides is an epiphytic plant in the Bromeliaceae family that grows draped over the … Continue reading What to Plant in July

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 Cabbage seedlings Garlic Kale seedlings Lettuce Mustard greens Onion Peas Radish Snow Peas Strawberry plants Plant of … Continue reading What to Plant in June

Spiced Plum and Ricotta Cake

Plum and ricotta cake is a lovely mixture of flavourful spiced plums, and is delicately flavoured with lemon zest and vanilla and topped with the light crunch of flaked almonds. It is light with a slightly more dense texture than other lemon cakes. The blend of the spicy plums is perfect for the moist, rich tasting ricotta cake. I particularly love spiced stewed plums. The … Continue reading Spiced Plum and Ricotta Cake

What to Plant in May

The following is a list of vegetables 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 Spinach Strawberry … Continue reading What to Plant in May

Zucchini, Speck and Tomato Lasagna

Lasagna is such a versatile food that can be adapted to use whatever you have available as long as you can bring out the best in the flavours of your ingredients. In this case the humble zucchini was the central ingredient. As it is generally such a mild vegetable there was the possibility of it being overwhelmed with the bechamel sauce and cheese. So I … Continue reading Zucchini, Speck and Tomato Lasagna

What to Plant in April

The following is a list of vegetables that you can plant in April in Sydney, a temperate zone (just click on the link for the growing guide for each vegetable): Amaranth Beans – broad beans, fava beans Beetroot Broccoli Brussels sprouts Cabbage Carrot Cauliflower Daikon Endive Garlic Kale Kohlrabi Leek seedlings Lettuce Mizuna Mustard greens Parsley Peas Radish Rocket Shallots Silverbeet Snowpeas Spinach Turnip Plant … Continue reading What to Plant in April