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Diggers Rest – Trolls; Eco gardening tips; Avocado Devilled Eggs
July 26, 2018

July 2018 Issue #155


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

1) There be trolls
2) Eco gardening tips
3) Avocado Devilled Eggs


There be Trolls about . . .

Part of The Troll Hunt by artist Thomas Dambo at the Morton Arboretum in Lisle, Illinois USA. (I need one to scare away the garden pests!)

Kermit went green, why can't I?

Followers on No-dig Garden's Facebook page are very amused at one man's attempt to go green.

Eco gardening tips

  • Happy cats
    Catnip planted in the far corners of your garden often deters cats away from your main garden. Most cats go quite batty... smelling, rolling and smooching up to catnip plants.

  • Deterred cats
    Cats again, love them or hate them... you don't want them messing up your garden. Lots of hints are given, some work for a while, but here's one that's handy. Fill an empty drink can with stones, tape the top, and have it handy to throw at you-know-who. This is easier than trying to heave a shoe, or squirt water at a cat. Although you are highly unlikely to hit a cat with this can, it will make such a noise, it will scare it away, often for good!

  • Hanging sweetie
    Sweet potatoes, or kumaras, as we call them in NZ, need a long, hot summer to grow well and mature. However, in Asia, it's more common to grow them for their foliage, which you can stir-fry or steam for a tasty and healthy veggie.

    Or howsabout a hanging sweet potato for an attractive indoor plant? Simply place half a sweet potato, cut side down in soil in a pot. Keep damp and it will soon be trailing everywhere with beautiful light green leaves.

Spider punk bracelet

Make an impact!

Showcase one of the world's most interesting insects—and a gardener's friend, with some quality punk! View HERE.

Avocado Devilled Eggs

Plain sailing in the kitchen, and kids can help. Use your favorite guacamole recipe, or this one is simple and tasty.


  • 1 large avocado
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 2 tsp lime or lemon juice
  • 2 tsp cilantro or parsley
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 6 tortilla chips for sails.


1. Boil eggs until medium to hard, so whites are at least firm.

2. Cool eggs, slice into halves and remove yolks.

3. Mash avocado, mix in egg yolks, and all other ingredients, except tortilla chips.

4. Spoon mixture into egg whites (or use piping bag if wanting it very neat), pop on tortilla chips and sail away!

Preparation: 15 minutes
Cooking: 3 minutes
Serves: Makes 6 boats

Live, love and garden.

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