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Diggers Rest – Borage herb; Eco gardening tips; Blueberry Loaf
November 23, 2020

November 2020 Issue #183


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

1) Borage herb
2) Eco gardening tips
3) Blueberry Loaf

borage flowers

Beautiful blue borage flowers caught in the light

Eco gardening tips

  • Borage herb
    Borage or starflower is an attractive herb (Borago officinalis), that grows enormous and seemingly takes over your garden. Producing masses of flowers which attract masses of bees, it finally fades in autumn and dies. Lots of new seedlings will grow the next spring but beware, they may invade everywhere!

    The young leaves are very edible, tasting similar to cucumber.

  • Mint on the march
    Yes mint will take off and march over your garden unless you confine it. My plants are planted in large, partly buried rubbish tins. I have garden mint, spearmint, peppermint, and apple mint. Watch out for runners climbing over the edge!Mint in bin

    Mint likes moist soil and it needs to be yanked out as much as possible and replaced with several new cuttings every 3 years or so, otherwise the roots get into a tangled, strangled ball.

  • Prune time
    My back yard is like a childcare center. Being in NZ it is now early summer and many baby birds have hatched. These babies tweet constantly and their parents frantically feed them dawn to dusk.

    Thus soon, I can trim some overgrown bushes as any nests are empty. Northern areas going into winter can also now safely prune, trim, or saw any unwanted branches and foliage without demolishing any birdies' nests.

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Blueberry Loaf

Blueberry loaf

Very nice and no sugar added. For sweet-toothers, add some sweetening if desired... not for me.


  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 2 large ripe bananas, mashed
  • 3 eggs, lightly whisked
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • ¼ cup coconut sugar or several drops stevia or 1 tsp honey (optional)
  • 1 cup oat flour or use plain flour or flour of your choice
  • 1 cup almond meal
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • Rind of 1 lemon
  • Pinch of salt.


  1. Mix all wet ingredients in a bowl then add the dry ingredients and mix. Fold in the blueberries.
  2. Pour into a lined loaf tin. Bake at 160°C for about 1 hour or until golden. Enjoy.

Preparation time: Approximately 15 minutes
Cooking time: Approximately 1 hour

Makes: 1 loaf

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