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Diggers Rest – Creative watermelon; Eco gardening tips; Banana Pancakes
June 26, 2022

June 2022 Issue #202


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

1) Creative watermelon
2) Eco gardening tips
3) Banana Pancakes

watermelon carved

Eco gardening tips

  • Wood mulch
    Wood shavings and sawdust make good mulch. If too fine it can blow around, plus it can rot quickly into the soil and temporarily use up nitrogen. Don’t use sawdust or shavings from manufactured wood such as pressure-treated, plywood, hardboard, particle board, fiberboard, and veneered or painted wood. These woods have chemicals that will contaminate your soil and plants.

  • Stoney vibes
    Stones make a brilliant cover or ‘mulch’ for hot climates. They look perfect around desert plants, as well as helping to keep your garden temperatures even. For veggies, stones can be a problem as you are replacing plants often, but for perennial veggies and trees, a stone layer works well. See here for more about stones and other mulches.

  • Childlike wonder
    Local schools where I live have had a vegetable garden competition. Such fun for all and many kids have now got the growing bug, yeah! There is a sense of wonder of something greater than oneself when we garden or even just being outdoors in nature. Wind in the air, waves on the beach, bush explored, plants taking over spaces. . . and of course we get strawberries and flowers!

    It's worth reading how children can benefit by leaving their screens and getting out in the garden

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Banana Pancakes

Three ingredients will make you a star cook!


  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 mashed banana
  • ¼ cup almond meal (can substitute with ordinary flour or instant oatmeal)
  • Optional, cinnamon/sugar to sprinkle on top after cooking.


  1. Grease skillet or frypan and put over medium-low heat.
  2. Mix all 3 ingredients in bowl.
  3. Dollop large spoonfuls of the batter into skillet and cook until bubbles form, then turn pancakes over and cook other side until golden brown.

Preparation time: Approximately 5 minutes
Cooking time: Approximately 5 minutes
Serves: Makes 6 small or 4 large pancakes
Credit: Cooktop Cover

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