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Diggers Rest - Five gardening senses, Eco gardening tips, Gina's Chinese Sprouts
January 05, 2009
A free monthly resource from the wonderful world of gardening; giving you tips, recipes and reminders to make your garden grow!
January Issue #40
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1) Five gardening senses
Five gardening senses
A very happy new year to all. In 2009, may your gardens flourish and all your senses be renewed.
It's true, isn't it... gardening brings pleasure to all five senses: sight, sound, touch, taste and smell. There are not many other things that can make that claim.
It's a wonder we gardeners are not gibbering maniacs, over-run with emotion and dizzy with agony and ecstasy.
Back to practicalities now. Last month I suggested boiling water for stubborn weeds. Just want to add a warning here that you only need to trickle it carefully on the middle of the weed — usually ones that you can't pull out such as with long roots in a path, like dandelions.
You don't want to unnecessarily kill insects, or in my case, boil a bee.
For example at this time of year where I live, there are lots of NZ native bees zipping and hovering over the ground and then they dive down with their load of pollen where they've laid their eggs into their little round holes they've dug out — very often in the fine soil between cracks in pathways.
Northern hemisphere: As you dig up your winter root crops, save only the best for storage and eat first the carrots, swedes, spuds etc that are blemished or small.
It's a good time to divide and re-plant or give away clumps of chives, perpetual spring onions, mint, rhubarb, and other perennials.
Southern hemisphere: All those 'fruiting' crops such as tomatoes, cucumbers, melons, capsicums and eggplants need regular watering, sometimes every day or so. Don't let them dry out or your fruits will fall off, grow distorted or in the case of tomatoes get blossom end rot or split skins.
Keep sowing and planting salad crops, beans and peas, and even a second crop of potatoes can go in for late summer harvest.
Eco gardening tips
The recipe below is a popular dish in China, and a favourite of Gina's, my daughter-in-law. She usually cooks it with garlic sprouts, but I can't grow enough of these or find them in the shops here, so I use chives. Still tasty.
Gina's Chinese SproutsIngredients
- 2 bunches garlic shoots or chives (approx 100g)
- 4 eggs
- Oil for gentle frying (extra virgin olive oil gives a nice taste)
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