May Gardening Guide

May Gardening Guide

[h4]TROPICAL climate[/h4] May in the Tropical garden Zone 0: The wet season officially ended at the end of April and the sea surface temperature is below 27 deg C so that is the end of the cyclone season for this year. The humidity is decreasing and the mould will stop growing in the bathroom. Zone… View more

Making Quick Compost

Making Quick Compost

For some reason I’ve always had a bit of a block against making quick compost. I’ve made slow compost, many times. Piles that sit there for months or years, doing their thing without much poking and prodding, kitchen scraps occasionally being tossed on top. I’ve read books on quick compost, I’ve talked about quick compost. I’ve… View more

April Gardening Guide

April Gardening Guide

[h4]TROPICAL climate[/h4] Zone 0: Time to sort the seeds you’ve been saving in the crisper of your fridge. Sort them into date order and plant the oldest first.  You can still order seeds by mail-order and they will be with you in a few days. Zone 1: Now is the best time to plant the… View more

Easy Egg Frittata

Easy Egg Frittata

If you have chooks in your garden, then you’ll nearly always have a meal on hand. Who needs takeaway when we can crack a few eggs, mix in some greens from the garden, bake it, and call it dinner? So easy, so delicious, and eggs are also incredibly nutritious (especially from chooks that are well… View more

Chicken Mint Vietnamese Salad

Chicken Mint Vietnamese Salad

[h4]Dressing[/h4] 60 ml lime juice 60 ml fish sauce 1 tablespoon of rice vinegar 1 tablespoon of sugar 2 garlic cloves finely chopped 2 small red chillis, finely chopped [h4]Salad[/h4] 3 pieces or 200g cooked shredded chicken 2 cucumbers grated 1 large carrot grated ½ red onion finely sliced 1 cup of Vietnamese mint, or… View more

March Gardening Guide

March Gardening Guide

[h3] TROPICAL climate [/h3] Zone 0: Rotate your preserves, new to the back and old to the front. Now is a good time for cyclone preparation. As well as non-perishable food, you have emergency stores is in the garden and under the ground. The tops of plants may be damaged in a cyclone but the… View more

Fermenting Fun

Fermenting Fun

Ferment. What does the word conjure up for you? Bacteria? Mould? Stuff going off in your fridge? It’s a word we’d all do well to become better acquainted with. In fact, you probably already know more than you think. Do you have cheese, salami, chocolate, yoghurt, beer or wine lurking in your pantry? These are… View more