April 2019 Issue #164
What fun that we both love gardening. Thanks for joining me.
1) Dear oh deer
2) Eco gardening tips
3) Easy Chimichurri Sauce
"I'm a bit fed up with the changeable weather at this time of year."
The FAQ section is the place where the beautiful people hang out... earthy and raring to grow.
What do you know about spacing plants in this companion planting forum?
Eco gardening tips
Plant some snow peas in a hanging basket and... guard them! Children love to pass by and pick themselves some sweet, tender peas. What about giving a snow pea basket as a present for a birthday or for a special person?
And don't forget to say: "Peas be mine", or "Mum, you make me hap-pea".
- Neem and bees
Neem oil is a very useful organic pesticide and repellent. Did you know that it has an effect on insects for about 6 hours, then it loses its potency. Thus the best time to apply neem is around dusk. That's good news for bees, ladybugs and other beneficial insects which are only active during the daytime, and bad news for pests that chomp and suck on your
plants at night.
Here's more information on a forum thread from readers about neem oil
- Deer oh dear
With a spring in their step, hungry deer love springtime. Warmer days make for soft new plant growth which deer adore. Watch out and protect your garden. Discover the best way to repel deer, what to plant, plus a host of other helpful deer hints.
The best little planter garden in the world!
I have two friends who both live in units with pocket-sized outdoor areas. They love having their own raised bed
gardens with these planters. They are tough and long-lasting, enabing you to grow your own vegetables and flowers with the minimum of fuss and mess, even on a balcony. Brilliant for a kid's garden too. Read more HERE
Easy Chimichurri Sauce
A tasty and tangy sauce for just about anything, and did I mention healthy.
- ⅓ cup parsley, finely chopped
- ⅓ cup mint leaves, finely chopped
- ¼ cup oregano leaves, finely chopped
- 2-3 Tbsp olive oil
- ¼ cup red wine vinegar or apple cider vinegar
- 1 tsp lemon
- 2 cloves minced garlic
- Salt & pepper to taste.
- Whisk all ingredients in a bowl, OR throw all in food processor and just blend it enough for a slightly rough consistency. If using a machine, there's no need to chop ingredients finely beforehand.
- Will keep in refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.
- Serve over most roasts, fish, and veggies. Delicious over roast pumpkin.
Preparation time: 15 minutes
Makes: Enough for 2 or more people
Live, love and garden.