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Diggers Rest – Cross vegetables; Eco gardening tips: Chia & Coconut Cream Squares
June 20, 2018

June 2018 Issue #154


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

1) Cross vegetables
2) Eco gardening tips
3) Chia & Coconut Cream Squares

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Photo credit: Marion Owen

Just living is not enough. One must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower.
~ Hans Christian Anderson

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Here's a good FAQ post recently … any ideas? What to do about wire-worms?

Eco gardening tips

  • Cross vegetables
    Cruciferous vegetables, like the broccoli in picture above, are called that because they have small, yellow flowers whose petals form the shape of a cross. This is true of all cruciferous vegetables, hence the name. It comes from the New Latin word “Cruciferae,” which means cross-bearing, due to the cross-like shape of their flowers. Cruciferous vegs include: all the cabbage family … and even turnips.

  • Wet 'n easy
    Cardboard is great for no-digging. Like paper, once it's wet, it's pliable, and wont blow away. Wetting it thoroughly makes it easy to pull off bits of parcel tape and even tear out any staples. Whether you smother your grass or weeds or tear it up and put in compost, cardboard is good, but wet it first.

  • Fruitful fences
    Got a small section but want to grow more? Bet you've got a wall or fence somewhere… maybe up the driveway? Put it to good use if you can by attaching trellis or netting and grow edibles. Solid walls such as concrete, brick and plaster, absorb heat then release it later. Fences reflect the sun back to plants. Many plants don't need full sun, they mainly need warm ground temperatures.

    Good plants to try are: Peas, beans, and most of the vines such as cucumbers and melons etc. Also nasturtiums are fabulous, as are espalier fruit trees, blackberries and boysenberries.

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Chia & Coconut Cream Squares

Deliciously rich and makes a healthy snack or dessert.


  • 1 Tbln powered gelatin (try agar agar as a vegetarian substitute)
  • 400 ml coconut cream
  • 100gm chia seeds
  • Zest of ½ lemon
  • 200g mixed fresh or frozen berries.


1. Grease a baking tin approximately 20cm x 20cm or line it with baking paper, or use a silicon baking tray.

2. Put 4 tablespoons lukewarm water in a small bowl and sprinkle the gelatin over it, mix in and let it soften and expand for 5 minutes.

3. Heat coconut cream in a pot over medium heat until just starting to simmer. Remove from heat, add the gelatin mixture and stir until dissolved.

4. Sprinkle on the chia seeds, a little at a time and mix through. Fold in the lemon zest and half the mixed berries and pour into the prepared tin. Smooth the top with a spatula, then sprinkle on the remaining berries.

5. Cover with plastic wrap and place in the fridge to set for four hours.

5. When the chia slab is firm, remove from the tin and cut into 5cm squares. Place on a platter and serve. Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for one week.

Note: This recipe has gelatin in it, which is great for your digestion, but not vegetarian, if that is your choice. It is a no sugar, Paleo, Keto diet wonder from The Complete Gut Health Cookbook by Pete Evans.

Preparation: 10 minutes
Cooking: 5 minutes
Serves: 16 squares

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