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Diggers Rest – Deer oh dear, Eco gardening tips; Easy Chimichurri Sauce
April 27, 2019

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

Frogs sheltering from rain

"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

  • Pick-a-pea
    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.

planter garden fabric

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 juice
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • Salt & pepper to taste.


  1. 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.
  2. Will keep in refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.
  3. 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.

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