• The amount of protein that one needs is less of an issue, especially when you’re an adult. I find it hard to produce enough calories as carbohydrate. Potatoes are he easiest, and I do grow quite a lot, but they are very water demanding and hard to grow in winter (short days) though with a combination of the winter crop and the summer one, I can…[Read more]

  • replied to the topic cauliflowers in the forum Vegetables 10 years, 9 months ago

    Cauliflowers take a long time to grow.
    When the white flower heads come, you can use a clothes peg to hold the leaves over the top to keep them white.

  • @Bill I have planted potatoes in winter a few times now and they do better than the summer ones (planted “after the last frost” in spring.) This is mainly because the very hot weather and the impossible amount of water that they need is jsut not possible here. I’ll be trying a few under shadecloth next summer though. I’ve been assured that…[Read more]

  • This is an interesting subject to me.
    Potatoes are the easiest carbohydrate to grow and so for supplying seeerious amounts of food, they are invaluable.
    I live and garden in a fairly dry area of South Aust. so that growing them in summer (from spring plantings) is very difficult and any weather over 40C seems to finish them off (this past…[Read more]

  • I follow the instructions in my old Fowler’s book every year and I have only ever had one failure… one lid that didn’t seal properly and the tomatoes got a mould on top… as if they had been left out in the kitchen for too long.
    I peel them and pack bottles, any that are broken or a bit wierd are chopped up and jars are filled with a very weak…[Read more]

  • replied to the topic Artichoke suckers in the forum Vegetables 10 years, 11 months ago

    The green ones produce new plants like that too…. you can break them off with a tiny bit of the woody root and plant it. That’s where new artichoke plants come from.

  • I don’t know where to buy one, but it grows around here…
    Pittosporum phylliraeoides is among the herbarium species collected by my son when he was studying horticulture at Roseworthy TAFE. Perhaps you could contact the staff there and find out where to find a plant. (Roseworthy is about 1hr drive north of Adelaide… just north of gawler.)

  • replied to the topic Rats in the forum Vegetables 10 years, 11 months ago

    We have rats outside (and around the chooks’ house) and mice inside. They are seasonal. and this is the worst time… after the grain harvest. They are all looking for food. In a few weeks when the weather turns cold there’ll be another onslaught… I suppose they are looking for a good winter spot. They are also variable in numbers over a…[Read more]

  • replied to the topic WHAT THE! in the forum Vegetables 10 years, 11 months ago

    You are probably lucky to have fungi growing so well. Watch this….

  • I have had trouble with all kinds of tomatoes this year… and I’m sure it’s just the heat. The bushes looked healthy early on, flowered, didn’t set fruit… and by now they are looking the worse for wear… best though are the romas and one volunteer with tiny yellow tomatoes.
    In retrospect, they weren’t worth the water, but next year…[Read more]

  • Hi Greenyhippy.
    I am looking at buying a grain mill for flour. (I live just down the road from an organic grain grower) and I’d appreciate any information on which one you have, how you decided and what you think of it.


  • Sorry, double post.

  • My new vegetables are finally kicking in too… I was away from home in the spring (not a good idea, but coudn’t help the timeing… family business) and arrived home to a heatwave… it’s been very hot and dry ever since…. no rain… except for 0.5mm ten days ago!

    Today though… eggplants, tomatoes, zucchinis and basil.

    I am…[Read more]

  • replied to the topic broad beans in the forum Vegetables 11 years, 4 months ago

    I have jsut started picking them.
    They can be planted before or after the winter. I plant them before because I use the leafy tips in stir frys. They flower early, but it depends on temperature and bees to produce beans.
    Then ou can eat them as young beans (whole), bigger without the pods (like peas) and then even bigger when the outer skin…[Read more]

  • Today I picked 3 cabbages, some kale, spring onions, carrots, celery, and parlsey. I bandicooted some potatoes so we had slow-cooked lamb shanks (on sale today) mashed potatoes and fried green leafy stuff for dinner.
    I also found four eggs in the chooks yard… for tomorrow’s breakfast.

  • I have been so busy, I haven’t checked this for a while.
    I harvested a lot of potatoes and my first broad beans today, and some more….

  • The australian equivalent (more or less) to crisco is “supafry” and is in the supermarket near the margarine. it is mostly “transfat” so i have never used it. i didn’t use crisco in the US and Canada for the same reason.

    Masa is available online if you don’t have it nearby. I can’t buy it in South Australia at all. I don’t add salt to the…[Read more]

  • replied to the topic Kale? in the forum Vegetables 12 years, 4 months ago

    I have Tuscan kale and use it as I would any leafy green thing or cabbage…. stir fry, plain fried, frittata, salad, and I like it better than cabbage. I want to save my own seeds this year too, as I find that any plants that I grow and then keep the seeds…. the next crop is twice as good.
    Previously i have bought seeds for several…[Read more]

  • Broccoli, kale, carrots, potatoes, silver beet, cabbage and 5 eggs.

  • potatoes, carrots, cauliflower, broccoli, silver beet, lettuce, kale, parsley and coriander

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