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Diggers Rest – Wish for gardeners; Eco gardening tips; Tasty Topping
April 25, 2021

April 2021 Issue #188


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

1) A wish for gardens
2) Eco gardening tips
3) Tasty Topping

Make a wish dandelions

Make a wish!
Let's wish that we love our gardens, and that our gardens love us back.

Eco gardening tips

  • Pretty pansies
    Pansy flower petals can be eaten, same with their smaller cousins violas. The best thing about these versatile flowers is that they grow just about anywhere in any conditions. Snow doesn't faze them! When you've got a bare edge to your veggie garden, sow or plant pansies and it turns a rather boring space into a beautiful site and sight. They will naturalize and self-seed year after year.

  • Fowl feast

    Guinea fowl love feasting on bugs. Unlike chickens that scratch your plants to bits, guinea fowl can be let loose in your garden and they don't scratch. In fact they are very polite to plants also, unlike ducks that flat-foot over everything. So, got garden pests?. . . get a guinea fowl or two.

  • Limited space?
    Did you know that vines can easily be trained to grow up. They don't need to meander across the ground or grow down. . . up they go! Growing zucchinis vertically is very successful using a growing cage. This frame I recommend. If you're a handyperson, you can make your own with a roll of netting or even some stakes in the ground and twine.

    You can see some pictures of zucchinis growing vertically and tomatoes in a frame on No Dig Gardens Facebook page here.

cactus pen holderCactus magnetic pen holder

Novelty cactus styled desk organizer that holds pens, pencils and rulers.

Magnetic, so paper clips stick, and rubber bands can go on the arms. Use it for holding your plant labels!

Check them out here.

Tasty Topping

Gluten, egg and grain free. A useful topping originally to go with fish, but is just as nice on vegetables.


  • ¼ cup almond meal
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed and chopped
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 tspn ginger powder, or very finely grated raw ginger
  • 2 tspn chopped parsley
  • 1 tspn chopped basil
  • 1 Tbl chopped thyme
  • I-2 Tbl melted butter
  • salt and pepper to taste.


  1. Using a greased oven dish, lay enough veggies (or fish fillets) for 4 people in a single layer. Use marrow, zucchinis, asparagus, or any brassicas etc. If using potatoes or kumara, pre-cook lightly first.
  2. Combine dry ingredients in bowl, then mix in melted butter using fingers.
  3. Spread topping on veggies and press down slightly. Bake at 350°F (177°C) for 20-25 minutes or until crispy and golden.

Preparation time: Approximately 15 minutes
Cooking time: Approximately 25 minutes
Serves: 4

Live, love and garden

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