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Diggers Rest – Citrus decorations; Eco gardening tips; Tummy Love Tea
December 17, 2018

December 2018 Issue #160


What fun that we both love gardening. Thanks for joining me.

1) Citrus decorations
2) Eco gardening tips
3) Tummy Love Tea

citrus wheels and xmas tree

See below how to make these cool citrus wheels for Christmas decorations.

I'd love you to have a look at Christmas dinner... bunnies and friends' style on No dig Vegetable Garden's FACEBOOK page.

Eco gardening tips

  • Homemade citrus wheels
    A ting-a-lingly idea to do on a rainy or lazy day. Cut some oranges, lemons, limes, grapefruit or any citrus into thin slices. Spread them out on racks or baking paper covered trays and put in oven on the lowest setting. Your oven, like mine probably starts at 100 deg C, and you will need to leave your slices in there for at least 4 hours. Do 2 hours on one side, flip them over and dry 2 hours on other side.

    When completely dried, then cooled, these citrus slices turn into intensely colored glassy wheels. You can string into garlands, along with bells. You can thread with string or wire and put on your Christmas tree, or you can think of lots of imaginative ways to use them. Maybe glue onto wrapping paper along with some fragrant dried herbs such as star anise, clove, cinnamon quills, etc.

  • Bulb repellent
    When planting bulbs such as garlic, it's better to poke them a bit deeper than recommended on any instructions, so that pests won't see them and be inclined to dig them up to eat. Bury the bulbs 3-5 cm (1-2") below surface; they will grow just fine.

    Rats, mice, badgers, possums and the like can also be scared away by damping bulbs and dusting with chilli powder first. Plus sprinkle chilli around the ground to deter them, which also deters cats.

  • Citrus choice
    Of course you have a lemon tree don't you? If not, plant one in a sunny space if you can and in a year or so you will love its beauty, healthy fruit and the joy of giving surplus lemons away.

    Or consider a cumquat if you're in a climate too cold for other citrus. With a quaint name, cumquats are indeed quaint little bursts of orange that emerge, even from snow laden bushes to give you highly decorative, edible delights.

    One of the handy aspects of growing citrus is that you don't have to rush and pick fruits when ripe, they can stay on the tree until you're good and ready to use them--thank you very much.


Give yourself the perfect garden gift.

Never mind the dark... grab your cap, switch on its light, find some veggies for dinner without stumbling around treading on things that shouldn't be trod on, and without juggling torch, scissors, bowl, etc. Essential!

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Tummy Love Tea

During the festive season, this soothing herbal tea will settle your stomach and help digestion after a big meal. It's worth getting all these ingredients to make this drink and having it handy.


  • Knob of ginger sliced into about 6 pieces
  • Orange peel from a small orange, roughly chopped (use the peel, pith and all, or if pith is thick, slice off orange part of peel with knife or peeler, leaving most of pith behind)
  • 1 Tbln chopped peppermint leaves, or 1½ tsp dried peppermint leaves
  • 2 Tbln fennel seeds
  • 2 Tbln fenugreek seeds
  • 2 Tbln caraway seeds
  • 3/4 tsp chopped liquorice root
  • 8 cups water.


1. Put all ingredients, except the peppermint, in a pot on stove, cover and slowly bring to boil. Let simmer for 15 minutes.

2. Turn off element, wait until all boiling stops, then add the peppermint, cover and let mixture steep for 10 minutes.

3. Strain and drink as is or add a little coconut milk or any nut milks.

4. Store in fridge and reheat as needed. Will last for several weeks.

Note: Fenugreek, fennel and caraway seeds all prevent gas and are settling for the stomach, the liquorice root is soothing and helps to boost immunity, and the orange peel and peppmint promote optimum digestion and provide healthy antioxidants.

Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 25 mins
Makes: 6 cups

Merry Christmas to all my readers. Have a wonderful holiday and a Happy New Year.

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