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Diggers Rest - Food for thought. Eco gardening tips, Beautiful Broad Beans
December 04, 2008
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December 2008 Issue #39
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1) Food for thought
Plant three rows of peas... Peas of mind. Peas of heart. Peas of soul.
Plant four rows of squash... Squash gossip. Squash indifference. Squash grumbling. Squash selfishness.
Plant five rows of lettuce... Lettuce be faithful. Lettuce be kind. Lettuce be happy. Lettuce really love one another. Lettuce all have a Merry Christmas!
Food for thought
A recent "Green" supplement in my city's daily DomPost, has an article on inspiring people who lead by example in their sustainable lifestyles.
How's this for some eco words worth thinking about: "Waste is a human invention – it doesn't exist in nature. One species' waste product is simply food for the next one down the chain." That's from Nandor Tanczos, Green MP.
And from Kay Baxter, Koanga Inst, who grows 90% of her family's food and gets the rest within a mile of her table, "I refuse to eat anything from the supermarket; it has little to offer us in the way of nutrition."
There's a town on the old gold miners route to Bendigo in Australia called Diggers Rest. The town's webmaster has a link to our website to inspire the residents to garden the no dig way. Harry Houdini and a bi-plane once gave Diggers Rest 10 minutes of fame.
Southern hemisphere: Many gardens are still harvesting earlier crops, such as broad beans and brassicas that were planted in colder weather. As you pull out old plants, put in some new compost or organic fertiliser and try and plant opposite plants.
For example, put in a root crop where a leaf crop was, plant a leaf crop where legumes were, and so on. Most gardens are limited in space and need to use every bit they have, but changing plants limits bugs and diseases that just love one sort of plant.
Northern hemisphere: This month, with the winter solstice around the third week, is a good time to plant rhubarb crowns into rich soil. It's also a traditional time to plant garlic and onions.
Eco gardening tips
Broad beans are just so mmmmm... so a couple of popular ideas for you.
Beautiful Broad BeansIngredients
- 400-500g (about 1½ cups) broad beans
Warm to serve. Great accompaniment with most food, and delicious with toast.
Alternative: Leave unmashed, let cool, add a chopped cucumber and serve it as a salad
Preparation: 15 minutes
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