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Diggers Rest – Overflowing gardens, Eco gardening tips; Balsamic Roasted Vegetables
May 21, 2019

May 2019 Issue #165


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

1) Overflowing gardens
2) Eco gardening tips
3) Balsamic Roasted Vegetables

overflowing garden bed

Don't fill your raised garden right to the top. This local park has raised gardens that are always a mess. See how to avoid this in Overflowing soil below...

I'm moving house! Do I get the local newspaper, the Wanganui Chronicle delivered, or subscribe online? Newspaper is getting in short supply in this digital age, and I'll need it for starting a brand new garden. I know I can get coffee sacks from a local roaster, maybe some old carpet... but a laptop won't do the trick! See joke at No-dig Garden's Facebook page.

Eco gardening tips

  • Overflowing soil
    Try not to pile soil to the top... avoid the mess and instead leave at least a 5-10 cm gap between the soil and top of garden edge. More reasons:

    1. Birds will have trouble scratching the soil.
    2. Dogs, cats, kids etc are less likely to disturb it.
    3. It's easier to place netting over plants without disturbing them.
    4. The drop-down gap acts as a natural wind break barrier.

  • Give angelica a go
    Do you grow Angelica? It's a gorgeous plant.

    The leafy stem, when cooked with green gooseberries, rhubarb or plums, will reduce their acidity and will add a touch of sweetness. You might use honey, stevia, sugar or even a sweet fruit such as apples or strawberries to sweeten acid fruits, but with angelica you'll need less than usual.

  • Verdant parsley
    A border of this lush curly green herb attracts admiring looks as well as giving you endless pickings. Parsley is hardy, needs little water, and as a border helps deter cats and dogs from encroaching onto your garden. It also fills up gaps to stop birds from grub and worm hunting. Being a biennial, it's short lived, but let a plant go to seed and you can sow seeds year after year. Read more here on how to grow parsley

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, enabling 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

Balsamic Roasted Vegetables

This is a particularly tasty way to have those old favorites of roast veggies.


  • Around 1kg of vegetables suitable for roasting such as carrots, parsnips, kumara, potatoes, pumpkin, etc. Then cut into thick strips or cubes
  • 2 cloves finely chopped or minced garlic
  • 3 Tbsp olive oil or other oil of your choice
  • 3 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Chopped parsley for garnish.


  1. Preheat oven to 200°C (392°F).
  2. Put vegetables in a large roasting pan and toss with the oil, garlic, salt and pepper.
  3. Roast for approximately 30 minutes or until cooked.
  4. Drizzle vegetables with balsamic vinegar and roast another 5 minutes.
  5. Sprinkle fresh chopped parsley over to serve.

Preparation time: 30 minutes.
Makes: Enough for 2 or more people as a side dinner dish, or good with eggs for brunch.

Live, love and garden.

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