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Diggers Rest – Falling leaves; Eco gardening tips; Quick Kale Pesto
September 27, 2021

September 2021 Issue #193


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

1) Falling leaves
2) Eco gardening tips
3) Quick Kale Pesto

autumn leaves

Come, Little Leaves
Come, little leaves, said the wind one day,
Come o'er the meadows with me and play;
Put on your dresses of red and gold,
For summer is gone and the days grow cold.

Soon as the leaves heard the wind's loud call,
Down they came fluttering, one and all;
Over the brown fields they danced and flew,
Singing the glad little songs they knew.

Cricket, good-by, we've been friends so long,
Little brook, sing us your farewell song;
Say you are sorry to see us go;
Ah, you will miss us, right well we know.

Dear little lambs in your fleecy fold,
Mother will keep you from harm and cold;
Fondly we watched you in vale and glade,
Say, will you dream of our loving shade?

Dancing and whirling, the little leaves went,
Winter had called them, and they were content;
Soon, fast asleep in their earthy beds,
The snow laid a coverlid over their heads.

~ George Cooper (artist: Arthur Rackham)

Eco gardening tips

  • Cucumbers looking crook
    In autumn gardens right now, do your cukes look rather derelict? Does that mean that you've neglected their care? Probably not and possibly it could be partly due to warm, moist conditions and end of season causing powdery mildew. The good news is that many vines keep on producing even with powdery mildew. Some like cukes send out new shoots, new flowers and mucho cukes. Any mildew spores will die over winter, so you're safe for next year's planting.

  • Chopity chop

    Last month's newsletter had a well received recipe for Hasselback Herb Pumpkin.

    Did you know there is an easy way to slice? Yes, all you need are two chopsticks, or even wooden spoons will do.

    Lay them each side of your spud, butternut or whatever and slice away. No fear of slicing right through!

  • Off with their heads
    If you have too many seedlings in a punnet or pot, it's best to use scissors and snip off the weaker ones at soil level early on. If you try and thin them out by pulling them, chances are that you will damage the other seedlings' roots.

wooden birdhouseYour own bird house!

A cute little bird house to hang in your garden.

Enjoy the wildlife and provide an ideal little spot for birds to make their own!

Hang one or more up in a nearby tree or railing. Easy as and watch the action happen. Check them out here.

Quick Kale Pesto

A handy quick fix to go with just about anything, such as pasta, salad, soup or use as a dip. I'm not much of a fan for kale, but this way I am!


  • 3 packed cups kale (or use 2 cups basil for traditional pesto)
  • 60g nuts (chose one or a mixture of pine nuts, walnuts, almonds, cashews, pecans)
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 4 Tbsp grated parmesan
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • salt and pepper to season.


  1. In food processor, pulse kale and nuts for a few seconds.
  2. Add parmesan, olive oil and garlic and pulse until smooth.
  3. Scrape into bowl and mix in salt, pepper and lemon juice, adjusting to taste.
  4. Store in lidded jar in fridge.

Preparation time: Approximately 5-10 minutes

Live, love and garden

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