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Diggers Rest – Tomato talk; Eco gardening tips; Feijoa Loaf
September 24, 2018

September 2018 Issue #157


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

1) Let's talk Tomatoes
2) Eco gardening tips
3) Feijoa Loaf

Kangaroo springtimeCredit: Jacquibarkerphotography

Springtime in Australia!

Eco gardening tips

  • Sluggo McSlugface
    DON'T make the mistake of planting out your seedlings, then turning your back. If you're going into winter and planting little plants like lettuce, broccoli and so on; have a slug and snail defense in place. One night is all it takes for a slug feast, and who wants to go out in the morning to see little naked stalks!

    In spring areas, many pests such as slugs are waking up and looking for a feed, so protect your new seedlings too. See this page on Natural ways to control slugs and snails.

  • Sad green tomatoes?
    Hopefully not. Many of you have lots of tomatoes still on your vines... but uh oh, a frost is predicted. The evening the frost is due, try putting newspaper, frost cloth or a plastic cover over your plants. If the frost is only light, it should save them. Otherwise pick them, and even if the only the tiniest bit of orange is starting to show, they will ripen up inside at room temperature.

    Bowls of green and orange tinged tomatoes are common in Northern Hemisphere houses and garages at this time of year. Check and turn often and most of these tomatoes will surprise you by turning red eventually in the next couple of months.

  • Happy little tomatoes
    For springtime gardeners, where I live in NZ, remember when you transplant tomato seedlings, always plant them deeper up to the first true leaves of the plant. The reason for this is that the plant will produce roots right along the stem, making for a much larger root system and hence better results. Tomatoes are in the same nightshade family as spuds, which as you may know, also love to be earthed up. Here is your Good growing guide for tomatoes.


Time to celebrate your love of flowers!

20 unique watches to choose from with beautiful designs of flowers, birds, and butterflies.

These are proving popular, be quick! View HERE.

Feijoa Loaf

Credit: GrownupsNZ

This is a great all rounder recipe, Even some people who don't much like fresh feijoas, still absolutely love this loaf.


  • 1 cup feijoas, peeled and sliced
  • 1/4 cup sugar (can replace with 1 Tbln honey, or 1/3 tspn drops of stevia or to your liking)
  • 50g butter
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 2 cups flour (Can use various mixes, eg; 1/3 coconut flour; 1/3 rice flour; 1/3 buckwheat. Or half 'n half wholemeal and white flour. Experiment, it's a forgiving recipe!)
  • 1 tspn baking soda
  • 1 tspn baking powder
  • Optional: 1 teaspoon powdered ginger / or 1 dessertspoon of chopped crystallised ginger. ½ cup walnuts, chopped finely.


1. Line a large loaf tin with baking paper (approx. 24cm long x 11cm wide x 7½ cm deep). Spray, or grease the sides of the tin.

2. Boil feijoas, sugar, butter, and water gently for 5 minutes.

3. Cool mixture. It is important that the mixture cools completely or the mixture will be doughy.

4. Carefully stir in the beaten egg and dry ingredients. Do not over-mix. Place in prepared tin.

5. Bake for 50-60 minutes at 180°C (356°F)This loaf can be stored in a tin for the first day, but after that if there is any left over, this loaf is best kept in the fridge because of the moist fruit content. Freezes well, slice first.

Preparation: 30 minutes
Cooking: 1 hour approximately
Serves: Feeds a group

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