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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 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: Plant of the Month – The Spectacular Disocactus-(orchid cactus) Disocactus commonly known as Orchid cacti, are hybrids which are widely grown for their spectacular large and brillantly coloured flowers. The species is … Continue reading What to Plant in November

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: Plant of the Month- The spectacular Clivia The beautiful Clivia is a herbaceous under storey plant native to southern Africa that has adapted to low light conditions and is long lived. The … Continue reading What to Plant in October

What to Plant in September

Today is the first day of spring and this is the first planting guide of the season. The following is a list of vegetables you can plant in September in Sydney, a temperate zone. Just click on the link for the growing guide for each vegetable or herb: Plant of the Month – Strelizia reginae (Bird of Paradise) (click on any image in this post … Continue reading What to Plant in September

Quick Sauteed Mushrooms

Mushrooms are delicious and meaty if cooked simply. The Italian way of cooking them is quickly, so that the moisture is retained inside the mushrooms rather than adding any liquid to the pan which then causes them to release their moisture and poach in their own juice and become flat and unappetizing. This recipe uses fresh button mushrooms, garlic, fresh parsley and freshly ground black … Continue reading Quick Sauteed Mushrooms

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

Smoked Kransky, Potato and Tomato Stew

Kransky sausage as it is are known in Australia, or Carniolan sausage, actually originates in Slovenia where it is known as kranjska klobasa. Kranjska sausage originated from the region of Carniola which used to be a duchy of the Austrian Empire and so is also used in German cooking where it is called Krainer Wurst. In Italy it is known in the dialect of Triest … Continue reading Smoked Kransky, Potato and Tomato Stew

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