Growing Yacon

The Yacon, which is also known as the Peruvian Ground Apple is related to the sunflower, in the Astereceae family and the Jerusalem artichoke. It originates and is grown in the northern to central Andes from Colombia to northern Argentina and has crisp and sweet tasting tubers. They are now becoming more readily available for the home gardener too. Yacon plants can grow to over … Continue reading Growing Yacon

Growing Sweet Corn

Growing sweet corn in the home garden can be rewarding and with a little preparation and a good watering regime you can have a bountiful harvest of delicious and juicy corn over the summer. Growth habits and planting needs Select a site that gets full sun. Early preparation will ensure excellent rich soil for planting. Sweet corn needs rich fertile soil and abundant water to … Continue reading Growing Sweet Corn

“Ribollita” Rustic Tuscan Kale Soup

As Cavolo Nero, or tuscan kale and chard are now in season in Sydney, this is a perfect soup to use the bountiful  harvest from the garden. This soup is the famous traditional “ribollita” of Tuscany and is a hearty soup of savoy cabbage, Cavolo Nero or tuscan kale, swiss chard, white beans, root vegetables and bread.  It is a thick, healthy soup that can … Continue reading “Ribollita” Rustic Tuscan Kale Soup

What to Plant in October

The following is a list of things you can plant in October in Sydney, a temperate zone: Amaranth Artichokes Asparagus Basil Beans – climbing and bush beans Beetroot Broccoli Cabbage Cape Gooseberry Capsicum Carrot Celery – in seed trays Chicory Chillies Cucumber Daikon Dill Eggplant Jerusalem artichoke Leeks Lettuce Luffa Marrow – in seed trays Mustard Greens Okra – in seed trays Parsley Parsnip Peas … Continue reading What to Plant in October