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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 December

Today is the first day of summer and this is the first planting guide of the season. The following is a list of vegetables and herbs you can plant in December in Sydney, a temperate zone. Just click on the name for the growing guide for each vegetable or herb: Basil Beans (dwarf and climbing) Beetroot Cape Gooseberry Capsicum seedlings Carrot Celery seedlings Chilli Choko … Continue reading What to Plant in December

A Tribute for Sandra

Today, we the Grantham Gardeners, pay tribute to our friend Sandra, who passed away this week. For many years she was a hard working member of our little gardening community, sharing her energy, knowledge and friendship. She made sure that we made time for social gathering during our gardening work. Talented in needlepoint, knitting and crochet, she created this bright tea cosy for our teapot … Continue reading A Tribute for Sandra

What to Plant in November

The following is a list of vegetables and herbs you can plant in November in Sydney, a temperate zone. Just click on the name for the growing guide for each vegetable or herb: Artichokes Asparagus crowns Basil seedlings Beans (bush and climbing) Beetroot Borage Broccoli Cabbage Cape Gooseberry Capsicum Carrot Celery Chives Coriander Cucumber Eggplant Jerusalem Artichoke Lemon Balm Lettuce Luffa Marrow Okra Parsley Peanut … Continue reading What to Plant in November

Mario’s Multipurpose Mushroom Sauce

Mario kindly shared his delicious and versatile mushroom sauce that is perfect on risotto, with pasta or polenta and a great accompaniment for any meat dish. It is easy to make and can even be made ahead for later use. You can a mixture of fresh mushrooms of your choice and the rehydrated dried porcini mushrooms give a depth of flavour to the sauce. Tasty, … Continue reading Mario’s Multipurpose Mushroom Sauce

Lucia’s Pan Fried Chicken

Chicken is so popular with the family and Lucia’s pan fried chicken is easy to make even with the cheapest cut and is so delicious that everyone wants more. Garlic and onion, celery, carrot, rosemary and parsley and a good splash of your favourite white wine give this dish its great flavour. You can use any cut of chicken but this recipe uses the humble … Continue reading Lucia’s Pan Fried Chicken

What to Plant in October

The following is a list of vegetables and herbs you can plant in October in Sydney, a temperate zone. Just click on the name for the growing guide for each vegetable or herb: Amaranth Artichokes Asparagus Basil Beans – climbing and bush beans Beetroot Borage Broccoli Cabbage Cape Gooseberry Capsicum Carrot Celeriac Celery – in seed trays Chicory Chives Chillies Cucumber Daikon Dill Eggplant Jerusalem … Continue reading What to Plant in October