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Diggers Rest – Brassicas, nets and fingers; Eco gardening tips; Magic Potato Soup
January 25, 2021

January 2021 Issue #185


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

1) Brassicas, rackets and fingers
2) Eco gardening tips
3) Magic Potato Soup

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Eco gardening tips

  • Brassicas, nets and fingers
    Huh? Well if you've given up on trying to grow these because of caterpillars, here are solutions. Here in sunny NZ it's a top time to plant brassicas... and it's a tip top time for hungry bugs. Same in late winter countries where you can plant now... but what about those moths and butterflies laying eggs?

    Kids like to help, so equip a child with a butterfly net and let them loose. Also use their nimble fingers to find eggs and caterpillars. Pay them say, 10c per catch. Great motivation, and kids, parents and grandparents all get rewarded!

    Otherwise buy an insect barrier net, or mix up a cheap garlic fire natural spray

  • Cats 'n pots
    Pine cones are near perfect to keep cats off your container plants. They are most uncomfortable for cats to step on, let alone sleep on. Good also for around your garden plants and especially seedlings. Cones are light, easy to handle and don't seem to inhibit the growth of plants.

  • Umm…yum… gravy
    Whether you eat meat or not, gravy goes with many meals. I'm a fan, and for me, gravy maketh the meal. If no gravy, or some sort of sauce, I slather food with butter.

    I've just read that a bottle of gravy browning―which apparently many people use even on vegetables―is made of burnt sugar, salt and water. It's tasteless, useless and is just there to make it look like a meaty flavor – bit silly eh?

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Magic Potato Soup

Potato soup recipe

Good for winter so they say… these people worldwide that swear this soup is so digestible, so soothing for sick people, so magic because the main ingredients are spuds, onion and a smile. Take it away!


  • 4-5 medium potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 1 onion, grated or sliced as thinly as possible. (The onion will “dissolve” and be absorbed by the liquid almost completely by the time the potatoes are cooked)
  • 3½ cups water (or milk if desired)
  • 1 Tbsp butter
  • 1 Tbsp flour
  • 1 tsp salt, and pepper to taste.


  1. Put potatoes, onion and water in saucepan and cook until potatoes are very tender. Drain, reserving liquid and putting cooked potatoes and onions in separate bowl.
  2. In the empty saucepan, gently heat butter and flour until flour is browned.
  3. Add the reserved liquid. Stir and cook until smooth (use a whisk or fork). Add potatoes and onion back in the pot, then heat through.
  4. Sprinkle with chives, parsley, or other herbs or toppings if desired.

Preparation time: Approximately 10 minutes
Cooking time: Approximately 30 minutes
Serves: 2-4
Thanks to for this recipe.

Live, love and garden
Oh BTW Happy 2021

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