Back to Back Issues Page
Diggers Rest – Marvellous milk; Eco gardening tips; Old-fashioned Peas
July 26, 2022

July 2022 Issue #203


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

1) Marvellous milk
2) Eco gardening tips
3) Old-fashioned Peas

smiling coffee

My coffee loves me. My plants also fancy a bit of milk and coffee.

And who remembers this great Java harmonizing song

Eco gardening tips

  • Marvellous milk
    Hot milk in coffee, icy milk in coffee… you name it, I love it. I get raw A2 milk from a local lucky am I!

    Don’t waste milk on trying to kill powdery mildew on plants. Milk will NOT kill mildew spores, but it does help to limit ongoing growth of fungal spores. And if you don’t have powdery mildew but suspect it will arise, then use milk as a preventative... but sob, it's hard for me to spray good milk on my garden vines and brassicas rather than pour into my coffee.

  • More milk
    Once I’ve used up the milk in a bottle, I rinse it out and pour the milky water onto one of my indoor plants (lost count how many). Sometimes I save it with other liquids such as:
    • a bit of leftover coffee or tea
    • veggie rinsing water
    • cooking and steaming water
    • old vase of flowers water, and so on.

    The resulting large jug of murky mess looks revolting, but there must be itty bits of nutrients there because my plants thrive and I don't give them any bought plant food!

  • No joy bok choy
    Versatile Asian greens such as bok chok are so handy for cooking and salads. They're pretty easy to grow most of the year, but there are compromises depending on your climate:

    1. When you sow, grow and eat in late summer and fall, there may still be caterpillars around until the weather gets cold.
    2. If you sow and plant once the colder weather has started and the caterpillars have disappeared, then your plants will more likely sit there and not grow much until a burst of growth in spring.
    3. If you sow and plant in spring and beyond, it can get tricky as you have to harvest quickly or grow in a shadyish cool place so your bok choy doesn't bolt to flowering.

secateurs, pruning shears Buy with confidence. . . Our recommendation… Secateurs

Quality Secateurs at an Affordable Price! Your Easy-to-Use Garden Helper.

Stainless steel, strong and with a particularly comfortable handle. See more information at Garden Gift Hub

Old-fashioned Peas

A classic favorite, for home, bbq or pot-luck dinners. You simply can’t go wrong with “Grandma’s” dish!


  • 4 cups peas, frozen and thawed or fresh and blanched if desired
  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • 1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • ½ medium red onion, chopped
  • 1½ cups cheddar cheese, diced
  • 1-2 tspns sugar, optional
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • optional, 1 cup cooked and crumbled bacon, or tin of chopped anchovies, handful of finely chopped chives, Tbsp finely chopped mint leaves, etc.


  1. Using a large bowl, whisk together mayonnaise, sour cream, apple cider vinegar, sugar and salt & pepper until well mixed.
  2. Add peas, onion, cheese, and bacon or other options to bowl and carefully mix so that all ingredients are covered in the dressing.
  3. Chill for at least one hour before serving.

Preparation time: Approximately 12 minutes
Serves: 8

Live, love and garden

Back to Back Issues Page