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Diggers Rest – Tree pruning disaster; Eco gardening tips; Hash Brown Muffins
June 26, 2021

June 2021 Issue #190


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

1) Tree pruning disaster
2) Eco gardening tips
3) Hash Brown Muffins

Pruned tree around wires

Does this seem silly to you? Plant trees, mangle them, keep planting more trees to mangle. You wouldn't do this in your garden would you!

Eco gardening tips

  • Friluftsliv
    Pardon? It's the Norwegians word for 'open air life or living'. This is all about the vibrant life force one gets from being in the open, especially amongst the forest or trees (un-mangled naturally).

    I'm sure you've experienced it in your garden even... that elated feeling of poking around in the dirt. And something to remember when you want to garden but the weather, hmm, brrr, shiver… Well think of the Nordic adage "There's no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing."

  • More about trees
    Smart landscaping can save you money. According to various energy saving tips, the area surrounding your home outside can really make a difference with the temperature indoors. If you're in the northern hemisphere, planting shade trees on the south, east, and west sides of your home will protect it from the hot summer sun. The opposite works for those in the southern hemisphere, where planting on the north, west and east side helps.

    How does $100 a year sound in energy savings? That's the reward for smart planting apparently. I know many of us plant our veggie garden with taller plants helping to shade smaller, leafy ones, so why not protect our homes too!

  • Frosty costly
    Wherever you are in the world, except the tropics, frost can sometimes catch you out – sneaking in overnight. I nearly got caught out recently with a tamarillo tree.

    I thought it was protected by the eaves of the house, but it had grown branches outwards. Some frost had landed on them, so I followed this tip: I put a newspaper sheet over the frosty bits to stop the sun hitting them so strongly in the morning. Seemed to work, and the few tips that looked a bit sad, I didn't remove as they will offer protection should Jack Frost return.

raised garden fabric bedRaised Garden Fabric Planter Bed

Looking for a tidy way to grow plants?

This all new natural fabric planter bed is easy to set up, easy to move when you do, easy to maintain, and super easy to enjoy the rewards!

Keeps out burrowing pests and helps stop wandering dogs. Kids love their own small raised garden, and you can have a larger size. Check them out here.

Hash Brown Muffins

No flour, and very yummy. You could also try it with kumara (sweet potato) or half'n'half.


  • 1 large egg
  • 2 cups grated potato
  • ¼ cup grated parmesan or cheddar cheese
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • Big pinch of pepper to taste.

Filling Ingredients

  • 3 large eggs
  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh chives
  • ½ cup grated cheddar cheese
  • ½ cup fresh baby spinach, thinly sliced.


  1. Preheat oven to 200°C and grease 8 muffin cups.
  2. In a bowl, beat egg, salt and pepper until blended.
  3. Put grated potato in a clean tea towel and squeeze out excess liquid. Mix potatoes and parmesan cheese into the egg mixture.
  4. Put grated potato in a clean tea towel and squeeze out excess liquid. Mix potatoes and parmesan cheese into the egg mixture.
  5. To form cups, press about ¼ cup of the potato mixture onto the bottom and up the sides of each prepared muffin cup. Bake until light golden brown, (approx. 15 minutes).
  6. For filling, beat eggs, smoked paprika (if using) and chives in a bowl until blended; stir in cheddar cheese and spinach. Spoon into potato cups and bake until a knife inserted in the centre comes out clean, (roughly 6-8 minutes).
  7. Let muffins cool slightly before removing from the tin. Serve with a little tomato relish and salad on the side for lunch or on their own for morning tea or breakfast on the go!

Preparation time: Approximately 10 minutes
Cooking time: Approximately 23 minutes
Serves: 4

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