Vego 101 the beginning

My venture into the world of vegetarianism was/is due to a combination of events. I’ve always dreamed of being a Buddhist. A dream that was unattainable in part due to a phone call that took place every Wednesday in the early hours of the morning since 2002. It went something like this. “Yeah bang them. Yeah kill them.” […]

Fish and chips straight from the backyard

What is Aquaponics? If you’re looking for the next step up in food production, Aquaponics could be perfect. Aquaponics is a “discipline” that has evolved from taking the best of aquaculture and the best of hydroponics.  Where aquaculture only grows fish,  and, hydroponics — plants,   Aquaponics is a natural system that grows fish and plants, […]

Stop abusing insecticides in rice

To prevent devastating insect pest outbreaks in rice that cause millions of dollars of damage, the International Rice Research Institute has called for a ban on certain insecticides in rice production. To prevent devastating insect pest outbreaks in rice that cause millions of dollars of damage, the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) has called for […]

Five Australian dietary guidelines for health

According to the new Australian Dietary Guidelines released today for public consultation poor nutrition is responsible for around 16% of the total burden of disease and is implicated in more than 56% of all deaths in Australia. The most recent available estimates for the total cost of poor nutrition were more than $5 billion per […]

Growing Sprouts

Enjoying something fresh from your own kitchen bench is as simple as popping some seed into a sprouter.  I bought mine from a local company, Green Harvest, here on the Sunshine Coast   I also get my vegetable seeds and sprouting seeds here because they are an organic company, and of course, they are locals. I’ve […]

Talking Dirty

Composting is an activity guaranteed to scare both the newbie and the seasoned gardener.  But with a little help and a few tips you could be producing a garden soil that will set your garden apart from many others.   There are two methods — anaerobic (without air) and aerobic (with air).  I’ve tried both […]

Tomatoes get fat on graft

Tomato fetish, yes I mean fetish, not relish.  Gardeners can be an obsessive lot and certain plants have a certain attraction.  Tomatoes rope you in the day you produce your first vine ripened fruits. Every spring at Waldecks nursery a major chain in Western Australia Italian customers would wander in to buy the first seasons […]

Colourful veg

In one corner of my vegie patch I’ve planted rainbow chard (silverbeet) to replace the monotony of the green stemmed varieties. Next to these are red cabbages with grey green leaves and burgundy hearts. In amongst these giants are alstromeria, which will soon be flowering. 50 lilium bulbs are at about one metre high and […]

Cucurbit glut or what to do with all those cucumbers

I grew, I’m guessing, about 30 kilos of cucumbers. I did try and offload some of them but in the end they were laid to waste in the compost heap. Some of them, a lot, went into Greek salads. Others went into bread and butter cucumbers. Three large jars, which are sitting in the cupboard. […]