A case of mistaken identity

Deciding to grow radishes for the 'Grow Just One Thing' Challenge got me thinking about where I had first encountered this humble root veggie. My memory took me back  to an early version of Grimm's timeless fairytale, Rapunzel, where  'rampion' was the edible root that Rapunzel's pregnant mother so craved that it led to theft, an … Continue reading A case of mistaken identity

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Mulberry Musings

I love the energy that Spring brings to a garden. In the past, I have passively acknowledged it, but this year, I have revelled in the transformation that occurs in every plant absorbing the warmer rays. I could wax on lyrical about all of my newfound discoveries, but today it's a celebration of an all-time favourite - the mulberry tree. This tree … Continue reading Mulberry Musings

The ‘No-Dig’ Bed

An experiment. After much procrastination, I took a risk and assembled, somewhat haphazardly, a 'No-Dig Bed'. For the uninitiated, the 'No-Dig' bed is a freeform, layered mound of organic matter and fertiliser that allows you to grow a food crop and build humus on nutrient poor soil. It negates the need to dig nutrients into the … Continue reading The ‘No-Dig’ Bed

Grow Just One Thing

While in search of a beetroot relish a few weeks ago, I stumbled upon Kyrstie Barcak's wonderfully encouraging blog, A Fresh Legacy. Not only did it provide me with the perfect beetroot relish recipe, it also gave me the gentle nudge I needed to begin growing my own fresh food. In earnest. While I have inconsistently grown herbs … Continue reading Grow Just One Thing

A terracotta hamper

My journey into greener territory has got me thinking about the legacy of the gifts I give. In the past, I was focussed on the moment that the gift was opened. Not much thought was given to the fate of that gift thereafter. Now however, with a more mindful desire to keep things out of … Continue reading A terracotta hamper

Week 4: Wrapping up Plastic-Free July

It's true what they say about failure. You don't learn from success. -Dustin Hoffman For me, PFJ has been very much about the journey and not the success. I discovered that with every small achievement, came the uncomfortable realisation that my efforts were relatively flimsy in the grand anti-plastic crusade. However, while my achievements were marginal,  they … Continue reading Week 4: Wrapping up Plastic-Free July

Plastic-Free July: Week 3

This is a week late publishing, however I feel compelled to share my progress (purely for my benefit)... Week 3 PFJ was particularly exciting because I found a compost bin! A plain conical type purchased from Bunnings: You could be forgiven for thinking it has erupted from the ground, but I had to bury its base 10cm … Continue reading Plastic-Free July: Week 3