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Diggers Rest – Handy carrots; Eco gardening tips; Carrot, Ginger & Almond Balls
November 23, 2021

November 2021 Issue #195


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

1) Handy carrots
2) Eco gardening tips
3) Carrot, Ginger & Almond Balls

carrot hand
Hi, my name is Carrot. Pleased to meet you.

Eco gardening tips

  • Harden up for winter
    Many of you in autumn or fall parts of the world are enjoying beautiful colors and some remaining produce. It's easy to get into habitual routines and keep applying fertilizer or liquid feed, such as worm juice, compost tea etc. But hold on, best to stop, as late season fertilizing can disrupt many plants hardening off, which will leave them vulnerable when the cold hits.

  • Corny
    The rows on corn cobs are always even, usually there are 16 rows containing 800 kernels in total. Corn grows in every country in the world except Antarctica. Just out of interest, another plant that is found almost globally is bracken, it's a tough little character.

  • Begone birds
    Bare earth is a magnet for birds. Here's a tip… poke a row of hedge trimmings around the edge of your garden or along by a row of seedlings. Leave the leaves on if you like, and even scatter some of the twiggy bits over the soil. I poke these woody sticks of about 8-12" (20-30 cm) high all over my garden… and the more little branches or spikey bits on them, the better deterrent for birds, especially those blackbirds!

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.

Carrot, Ginger & Almond Balls

Easy and pop-in-mouthable.


  • 1½ cups loosely packed grated carrot (2–3 medium carrots)
  • ¾ cup crystallized ginger
  • ¾ cup dates
  • ¾ cup ground almonds
  • ¾ cup desiccated coconut, plus ½ cup extra for rolling.


  1. Press down on the grated carrot to remove any excess moisture. Put all the ingredients except the extra coconut in a food processor and whiz until it all clumps together.
  2. Put the extra coconut in a shallow bowl. Form generous teaspoonfuls of the mixture into balls, then roll in the coconut.
  3. Store in fridge.

Preparation time: Approximately 15 minutes
Makes: Approx 26 balls
Credit: Homecooked by Lucy Corry

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