Frank Portegys

Pruning

Pruning keeps the growth of our plants controlled and healthy. It allows for a balanced plant, removes diseased and dead plant material, encourages new growth, allows for air flow and helps to avoid mildew. Use clean, sharp secateurs and use tool disinfectant between different plants Cut branches vertically, so rainwater runs off the cut Cut …

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Harvesting

At the May Garden talk, we discussed the best ways to pick our various types of veggies, and how it effects the health and productivity of the plant. Keep our harvest policy in mind: Only harvest as much as you need for one personal meal! Consistent harvesting of herbs and veggies keeps plants producing, bad …

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Native Foods

On our last general meeting we looked into options to make our garden more drought tolerant. Planting more native species was one of the suggestions. At this stage our garden offers Warrigal Greens and Finger Lime. We asked our members for suggestions and included native plants in the last planning survey. A quarter of our …

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Our garden in viral times

Hello fellow gardeners I hope you and your loved ones are safe and healthy! This is both – my heartfelt wish and a sentence that gained some gravity in recent days. These are uncertain times and as a community group and garden we need to address some serious questions. I’m sorry that this letter is …

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Chilli Coriander Jam

Here is Susan Hamilton’s recipe for the lovely jam she brought to the open day. Makes approx. 1.5 litres (6 cups) Ingredients: 8 large tomatoes (approx. 2kg), cored 2/3 cup (160ml) olive oil 10 cloves garlic, peeled 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger 10 small fresh red Thai chillis, stems removed 2 tablespoons cumin seeds 2 …

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Pickled Mexican Cucumbers

  Mexican cucumbers are easy to pickle. They stay crunchy, take on the flavours you add to the pickle and turn into bite-size nibbles, ready to go with any cuisine you imagine. Basic pickling recipe Wash the cucumbers. For a litre of pickling brine mix 500 ml white vinegar (or cider vinegar) and 500 ml …

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