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Diggers Rest – Christmas trees, Eco gardening tips; Five Minute Pudding
December 23, 2019

December 2019 Issue #172


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

1) Christmas trees
2) Eco gardening tips
3) Five Minute Pudding

Here's a jolly, broccoli, Christmas to you!

There are even more stunning unique trees here on our No-dig Garden Facebook page.

Q: Why does Santa have three gardens?

A: So he can hoe, hoe, hoe.

Eco gardening tips

  • A real tree
    A potted Christmas tree is more environmentally friendly, but if you are in the cold climes, remember that your tree is in a rest stage. Bringing it indoors to a heated room will encourage it to start growing and it will suffer when put outside again in the cold. A couple of weeks inside won't hurt your tree, but 3 or more weeks and it will think spring has arrived early.

  • More about trees
    Cut Christmas trees are so nice with their odd shapes and lovely scent. Research consistently proves that water is the best way to keep your tree perky. Many myths abound about adding preservatives, honey, aspirin, water gels and heaps of other ideas... but in the end, plain old water wins and in fact some additives can actually shorten the fresh life of a cut tree.

  • A different tree
    This is about gum or eucalyptus trees. Hang a bunch of small leafy eucalyptus branches in your shower. The steam from the hot shower will activate the oils and may help with sinus decongestion, headaches, inflammation, stress and muscle tightness. As with many essential oils, this is not safe for pets (who takes their pet into their shower anyway)!

Flower mug

Fresh and flowery porcelain mug.

One of the many unique nature themed gifts for you.

For your garden or home there are lots of fabulously useful and decorative products to bring joy to you and those you love.

See for yourself, have a browse HERE

Five Minute Pudding

No-bake, no added sugar… what a scrumptious, handy pudding to rustle up when needed!


  • 12 fresh pitted dates
  • 250g dried apricots, chopped
  • 1½ cups almond meal/ground almonds
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp ground nutmeg
  • ½ tsp ground ginger
  • Zest and juice from 1 orange
  • Topping choices: Can melt 80gm white or dark chocolate or use big dollop of whipped cheam.


  1. Put all ingredients, except orange juice and the topping, into food processor and process until the mixture resembles fine crumbs.
  2. Tip mixture into large bowl and mix with enough orange juice until you can lightly squeeze it together with your hands.
  3. Divide mix into 6, line a patty pan or mould with cling wrap, and press one pudding firmly into it. Invert pudding onto a plate, remove cling wrap and continue doing the rest of the puddings.
  4. Melt chocolate over boiling water and spoon on top, or wait until serving to dollop with cream (or yogurt).
  5. Delicious served with custard or sauce of your choice.
  6. Can be stored in the fridge for at least 2 weeks.

Preparation time: 5-10 minutes
Serves: 6

See you next year and Merry Christmas to all
Live, love and garden

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