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What is your gardening philosophy?

Garden Share Collective September 2016

Grow more fresh food

Spring! Thank goodness sunshine is begin to filter into life again. I really dislike the cold weather so am always very excited to see the end of it. This post is one of a regular monthly series – an update on my garden and what has been happening this month. It is part of the Garden Share Collective. We are a group of passionate home veggie gardeners who enjoy sharing our garden progress, questions, wins and disappointments. We each write a themed post on the last Monday of the month. We would LOVE to expand the group so if this sounds like you, don’t be shy, come and join us. Simply add your post using the link at the bottom of my post, or at Rosehips and Rhubarb.

This month’s theme is “philosophy”. Unfortunately I can’t blame anyone else for creating a theme that needs some thought as I came up with it….

My garden philosophy

So what is my gardening philosophy? It’s simple really. My philosophy is that people benefit from growing and eating fresh food. The benefits are immense, impacting your health and wellbeing, lifestyle, family time, and knowledge.


If you are not growing anything I passionately believe that if you begin by growing just one thing you can experience the benefits of fresh food and it can lead you on a wonderful journey, it has for our family. I wrote a whole book about it (just in-case you missed it!) Plants grow all on their own, will very little help from people. It is not difficult, it just requires you to begin and to be prepared to try something new.

If you are already growing – grow more, increase your growing space by the use of pots and structures. Try new things, new ways or growing, growing different vegetables, growing from seed, new organic methods to keep pests at bay, composting, a worm farm – whatever it is, keep learning and keep growing.  That is my philosophy.

How do I do this?

I have written about each of these things previously, some of them in many different articles. You can begin to read more detail on each by clicking on the links below:

The weather doesn’t feel as if it has warmed significantly yet, but maybe it has as the plants have certainly had a huge growth spurt in the last few weeks. The bulbs are beginning to flower and the herbs also are all coming into flower. The garden will soon put on a magnificent display of colour.


If someone were to visit our house at the moment and stand in the top corner of the yard the image below is what they are likely to see – I would probably be in it though instead of behind the camera….

My main garden activity at the moment is bring my seed raising trays in and out of the shed to be watered. The shed bench is completely filled with seedling trays. Read on and I’ll tell you what I have planted below.

spring gardening activity

The winter plants are coming to an end. I will replace them with summer things when the seedlings are large enough. I have been under-planting lettuce, rocket and smaller plants in the meantime. I have also replanted all of the pots that provide an edge for the top garden. This image below shows the exclusion netting I set up for winter. It has worked a treat. The cabbage still has a while to go and the kale I use often so it will stay. The net will come off and and I’ll add some new season plants.

exclusion-netting for brassica

grow more in pots

Planting now:

These are the seeds I am planting and raising now:

  • Basil
  • Beans
  • Capsicum
  • Chilli
  • Eggplant
  • Lettuce
  • Tomatoes

Harvesting now:

spring garden harvest

Spring has really started to impact on how much I am taking from the garden. It is wonderful to see the harvests increase. We have been harvesting:

  • Beetroot
  • Fennel
  • Herbs: Coriander, mint, vietnamese mint, sage, parsley, lemongrass
  • Kale
  • Lettuce
  • Peas
  • Rocket
  • Spinach


Things to do this month:

My main thing in the garden this month is to continue to “baby” my seed trays so that I will have lots of little seedlings ready to go into the garden by the end of next month, or shortly after.

  • I will do a general garden tidy up also including the following:
  • Weed between the garlic plants
  • Cut back two of the large parsley plants and remove one
  • Add lime to the area I am going to grow tomatoes
  • Get some mulch ready to lay
  • Turn the compost
  • Remove winter plants that are no longer producing
  • Cut back the rocket

What is happening in your garden at the moment? I’d love to hear and if you’d like to join the Garden Share Collective please do by adding your link below.


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Simple, healthy, grain free recipe inspiration

Coconut Banana Biscuits



When I tasted these biscuits the first thought I had was Is there such a thing as a Cake Biscuit? The texture of these biscuits is like a muffin, they are moist and super moreish. When you are not sure of something of course turn to the big G and look it up. Well, it seems that lots of people have beat me to cake biscuits! There are many cake recipes that come up in the search, cakes filled with crumbled biscuits and variations of the theme. Regardless, it was the flavour of these that won me.

I have been testing a Breville Kitchen Wizz 8 plus I was gifted the machine to create some new recipes that are suited to my new dietary restrictions. Unfortunately I burned out the spindle of my old food processor with over-use. This machine has 1000W and a stainless steel reinforced spindle to give it plenty of power.  This machine will create nut butter in just a few minutes.  I am yet to test the other blades it comes with but am looking forward to making my own almond milk next. So far I am really impressed and enjoying getting to know this machine.

The Kitchen Wizz 8 plus made this recipe super quick to prepare. I made them and baked them in less than 15 minutes before running out the door to a meeting. It was as simple as combining the ingredients for a minute and then scooping out the mix onto a baking tray.

I am constantly trying to think of new ways I can create something tasty to eat that fits within the SIBO diet guidelines. These biscuits are grain free, egg free and dairy free. I added some honey along with the banana to provide some sweetness in the hope of tempting my 8 year old to try them.  I hope you give them a try.

This is my recipe for Coconut Banana Biscuits, that are kind of like a little banana cake.

Simple, healthy, grain free recipe inspiration
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Banana Coconut Biscuits. A healthy snack option. Dairy free, grain free and egg free. Suitable for the SIBO diet.
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 8
  • ½ cup almond meal
  • ¼ cup coconut flour
  • 1 banana
  • 1 and ½ tablespoons nut butter of choice (* see notes)
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil - melted
  • 2 tablespoons dessicated coconut (plus extra teaspoon to add to cooked biscuits)
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 teaspoon raw honey
  • 2 teaspoon cacao powder
  1. Heat the oven to 170 degrees celcius
  2. Add the quad blade to the bowl of the food processor
  3. Add all of the ingredients to the bowl
  4. Place the lid in place and lock into place
  5. Turn to Low and mix until all of the ingredients have combined. Don't over process
  6. Remove the lid and the blade
  7. Scoop out the mixture, roll into even sized balls
  8. Add each of the balls to a baking tray and push down with a fork to flatten
  9. Place into the oven to cook for 12 minutes, until golden in colour
  10. Remove from the oven and cool
  11. Store in an airtight container and eat within 3 days.
If you don't have nut butter you can use tahini, or you can add ⅓ cup of your favourite nuts, such as macadamias to the food processor as the first step. Process on high until the nuts are a smooth butter then add the other ingredients.

Enjoy your weekend. I hope you get out into the garden.

If you are not sure what to plant at this time of year be sure to grab a copy of my free Seasonal Planting Guide. You can find it here.


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