In the Garden - Vegetable Gardening

Pride of the Patch
It's planting time for those warm-weather vegetables that will feed the family for six months or more.
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Talking tomatoes
Tomatoes must be one of the most rewarding summer crops. Get the basics right and we can all grow a crop to be proud of. But it's always useful to talk to someone who's been doing it for years. Sue Linn talks to two experienced tomato enthusiasts.
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The sweet taste of Summer
Picture your summer vege garden bursting at the seams with colour, health and vitality. Picking armloads of fresh, sweet homegrown fruit and veges to feed family and friends is one of summer's greatest joys, but there's no time to waste if we're to make the most of the warm months ahead.
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The Taste of Summer
There is something about the strange smell the tomato plant gives off, the scent of anticipation. Soon there will be tomatoes ripening within the branches
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The taste of Summer - tomatoes
As far as Sarah O'Neil is concerned, summer only means one thing - Tomatoes
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Tomato recipes
Here's some tasty ways to enjoy this season's tomato crop - bruchetta, insalata caprese & and healthly homemade ketchup.
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Tomatoes with Sarah
Sarah O'Neil reflects on the trials and tribulations of learning how to grow tomatoes
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Autumn harvest tips
Throughout the world, autumn is celebrated with harvest festivals. Nature is taking care of us by providing a glorious bounty of fruit and veges to prepare and store for the lean winter months ahead.
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Awesome Autumn
Autumn is a rewarding time in the vege garden with both harvesting and new planting to enjoy.
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Changing seasons
When the calendar turns to March, autumn has officially arrived and it's the exciting beginning of a brand new planting season. Sarah O'Neil ponders the practicalities of getting ready for winter while the summer vege garden keeps on giving.
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Earthly delights
Growing perfect carrots, parsnips and beetroot is hugely satisfying once you know how. Sarah O'Neil gets to the root of the matter.
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Know thy enemy
Sue Linn wages war on a tiny terror - the tomato potato psyllid (TPP)
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Reap what you sow!
Autumn in the vege garden - Summer's end brings no time for slacking, there's plenty to keep us busy in the autumn vege patch.
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Zucchini pesto 'pasta'
If you can keep up with picking the best way to eat your zucchini is small and straight after harvest.
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Brassica recipes
For anyone turned off brassicas in childhood, overcooking has got to be the number one culprit. A minute or two is all it takes to steam a sweet crunchy side dish.
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How to make sauerkraut
Man has been preparing and eating fermented foods for thousands of years and around the world today many cultures understand the great and varied health benefits of including fermented foods in their daily diet.
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Pride of the patch
Cabbages can be grown 365 days of the year, but they are particularly rewarding in winter when the cooler temperatures turn them sweeter than ever.
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Fresh start
If winter has had you reaching for the comfort food, spring is the time to turn over a new leaf and plant a garden full of healthy, nutrient dense food.
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Growing a fresh spring crunch
After a winter of hearty comfort food, the desire for something with crunch becomes more like a craving. Sarah O'Neil grows a non-stop supply of fresh salad greens.
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Spring in the vege patch
The arrival of spring is warmly welcomed. It's the perfect time to grab a spade and start growing vegetables for the new season. However caution should be exercised
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Spring planting
It's the start of an exciting new planting season, but beware of late frosts! Except in warm northern climates, it's a few weeks yet before tender crops can be safely planted outdoors
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Summer from seed
November is planting time for some favourite summer crops. Sarah O'Neil speaks from experience about sowing seed outdoors.
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Silverbeet - the humble hero
Silverbeet is versatile and easy. Sow or plant this healthy staple regularly and you'll never be without fresh greens to eat. Sue Linn tells us how
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The benefits of beetroot
Highly nutritious beetroot is well worth growing. Naturopath Meryn Wakelin shines the light on this underrated root crop and shares a chocolate cake recipe with a twist
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A family affair
When Jenny Hamill and her partner William became parents, they decided it was time they had a garden
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Essential ingredients
When fresh fruit and veges are the order of the day, it makes sense to grow your own. Sue Linn talks to a gardener driven by her desire for top quality food.
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Raw Delight
Naturopath Meryn Wakelin explains how eating raw plant food has remarkable consequences to our health and wellbeing
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Pest watch
Slugs and snails must the most despicable garden pests. Sarah O'Neil considers her options.
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15-Dec-2017