I am currently trying to avoid going to the shops as much as possible, as most of us are! Collecting ingredients from the vegetable garden and taking full advantage of what I have growing are simple things I can do to avoid the supermarket. It is economical, saves time and means my family is eating […]
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Growing from seed is my preferred method of growing vegetables and herbs for the many reasons I have previously covered. Growing from seed requires a little extra planning in advance of the growing season. Seed germination can take anywhere from 7-21 days, depending on the seed. When seed has germinated, it then takes additional time […]
Baked, Healthy Cauliflower Salad Try this vegan friendly salad served warm from the oven. The cauliflower is baked and coated in a warm spice mix. The addition of the chick peas mean it can be enjoyed as a main meal if you wish. It uses seasonal produce and common spices you will have in your […]
Healthy Chicken Burgers These burgers are frequently on our family dinner menu. They are easy to make and can have different vegetables added, depending on what you have available. A little while ago when a friend was injured a meal roster was created for her family by some of the school community. I made these […]
4 easy to grow greens These easy to grow greens are ready for planting now in Australian vegetable gardens. They are an excellent choice for growing with children as they are easy to start from seed and are generally fast growing. If your garden space is limited, or you don’t have dedicated garden beds, these […]
Do these 5 things to ensure you get to ensure Autumn harvests from the vegetable garden. Find out what to plant now and prepare for winter planting.
It’s been a long time between posts here – sorry! Life has been a little busy and this space has been neglected. It’s time to change that. I some new recipes to add and some new gardening posts to inspire you to get out in your garden this season. The current environment has us all […]
These family friendly skewers are perfect for a quick dinner, a BBQ or to make in advance to add to lunch boxes during the week. Adapt the recipe to include whatever season vegetables you have available. I could talk for hours about the superior flavour the freshly harvested vegetables provide to these skewers but in […]
Each season my garden has a vegetable that is a stand out in terms of productivity. In Summers past it has always been tomatoes and zucchini. This season they have performed poorly. Impacted by a cool start to the season with no rain, followed by high heat. The cucumbers have been unaffected. They have performed […]
Are the plants in your Summer vegetable garden ready to be removed? I am often asked “how do I know if my tomatoes should be removed?” Over time you will begin to recognise the downhill slide of your seasonal favourites and when to remove them to make room for something else. Answer these questions: Do […]
Follow these simple watering tips for a productive Summer vegetable garden. Over the past 6 years customers have often told me that they forget to water their garden once it is planted, or that they are not sure how often to water. These are my recommendations: Create a reminder One of the most common reasons […]
New vegetable garden harvest apron I am excited to show you the newest product in the A Fresh Legacy product range. This apron has been sitting in the sidelines for the past year waiting to come to life. I am looking forward to seeing it used in vegetable gardens all around Australia, with the large […]
When your fruit trees commence production of enough fruit for the family to enjoy (and prior) the trees will begin to be targeted by birds, bats and possums. These pests will all be keen to get your harvest before you do. Netting the trees will help to ensure your family get to harvest and enjoy […]
Simple steps to grow tomatoes in a small space If you have a small space, or are short on growing space in your vegetable garden, containers can be used to success fully grow tomatoes. The questions below will help you achieve success when planting your containers. What size container is required? The container size is […]
(Photo credit: Olga Yastremska) A run of bad luck, followed by another accident has had me in bed recovering for the past three months. I was returning to normal from one injury and then had a silly accident that has sent me back to bed for another 2-4 weeks. Explaining my run of injuries to […]