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Diggers Rest – Halloween time; Eco gardening tips; Spooky Spider Eggs
October 25, 2021

October 2021 Issue #194


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

1) Halloween time
2) Eco gardening tips
3) Spooky Spider Eggs

Halloween witch

Eco gardening tips

  • Calling corn lovers
    Corn husks make good mulch, they can even be left in the sun to dry a bit then chopped up by your lawnmower. But what about the cob once eaten?

    Apart from composting cobs, you can make cob stock. Put cobs in pot, cover with water and simmer for about 30 minutes. Drain and save liquid in jar and store covered in fridge for up to a week, or freeze for later use. This corn broth will be flavorsome and will have corn starch in it, a natural thickener. Use to add body to soups, stews, sauces or to boil rice or veges in.

  • Hooray for bay
    Did you know that if you hang a small branch of bay leaves in your food cupboard or pantry, it will help deter those pesky moths that can ruin your food. A bay tree is slow growing, but should be part of your herb garden. You can keep it low growing (by trimming) or they look smart in a tub by your front door.

  • There's compost and compost
    Funny how a friend can grow her seedlings in store bought compost, and yet my compost is too strong for seedlings. Basically a bag of shop compost is aged… as well… as me perhaps..and has some fillers added, like bits of bark and who knows what. It is usually neutral and won't 'burn' plants' roots. Whereas homemade compost is usually powerful stuff, rather acid with low pH below 6, so it needs mixing with soil if used as a seedling mix. Homemade compost is brilliant to put on gardens or mixed in with soil to plant out veggies, flowers, bushes etc.

    If in doubt about your soil, get yourself a soil tester, see below…

soil tester The tool plant owners, gardeners can't live without!!

A soil tester takes the guesswork out of wondering and worrying whether your soil is too acid, too alkaline, to wet or dry and even if your plants are growing in the best light conditions.

Scientifically accurate, just poke into the soil and read.

Click to find out more and purchase here.

Spooky Spider Eggs



  • 6 hard-boiled eggs
  • 3-4 tablespoons of mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 12 large black olives.


  1. Cook eggs to hard-boil stage, put them into cold water to make peeling them easy. Peel eggs and cut in half. Put on paper towel to stop them slip-sliding away.
  2. Cut 6 olives in half and cut the other 6 olives into 4 slices each, trimming a little off both ends first.
  3. For filling, scoop out cooked yokes and mix with mayonnaise, mustard, salt and pepper and stir to combine. Use a fork or masher to help blend together.
  4. Fill the egg whites with the deviled egg filling, making a small mound -about one tablespoonful each spider. Arrange olives as per picture.

Preparation time: Approximately 20-30 minutes
Makes: 12 spiders

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