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Diggers Rest - Wanton improvement, Eco gardening tips, Parsnip Puree.
July 02, 2008
A free monthly resource from the wonderful world of gardening; giving you tips, recipes and reminders to make your garden grow!
July 2008 Issue #34
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1) Wanton improvement
Committing reckless acts of wanton improvementDo you surreptitiously plant your papaya and avocado stones, your pineapple tops, fruit seeds and spare plants etc, in any unloved bits of bare soil, like my son Toby in Sydney? He's got plants growing around the car parks where he lives in an apartment block and even a half dozen pepper plants and some native spinach alongside the drive into the basement garages.
At his previous address he filled the empty spaces with vast vines of pumpkins and melons, plus at least one papaya tree that's now hanging with fruit. Another son, Stacey, has choko plants coming through the wild weeds on a certain council river bank nearby.
They don't know it, but they're unofficial "Guerrilla Gardeners." Want to know what that is, or want to become an official one? It can be as exciting and dangerous as you wish.
Read about it here and check out your area: Guerrilla gardening
Chokos: Last newsletter brought some puzzled emails... what are chokos? C'mon now! But I suppose many of us think they live in the centre of the world and everyone else should know what we know, sorry.
Chokos are from the Cucurbitaceous family — like cucumbers. They grow worldwide in temperate to hot climates, with big commercial crops in Mexico and Costa Rica. You may know them by some of their many other names, such as: chayote, vegetable pear, mango squash, cho-cho and chow-chow.
Winter areas: Garlic and onion bulbs can be planted if you haven't done so sooner. Clean up any over wintering snails hiding low under anything flat. Pick any last tomatoes tinged with orange before frosts soften them and ripen them inside. Feed the birds and enjoy great winter meals with fresh dug carrots and other harvested root veggies and squashes.
Summer areas: In some areas the really hot times are around the corner, so make sure your mulch is adequate. Successive plantings of salad veggies will occupy your small talk and walk. You can't beat rocket and radishes to grow for speed, ease and "may I have some more please?"
Eco Gardening Tips
Here's a tasty, savoury sauce, with a touch of sweetness, to pour over baked, stir-fried or roasted vegetables. It's particularly nice with spuds, chokos, carrots, eggplants and kumaras, and you can sprinkle rosted sunflower seeds on top.
- 500g parsnips (about 4 medium parsnips)
- 2 cups vegetable stock or water. (If using water, also add some flavourings such as: a small onion, 1 garlic clove, 2 stalks parsley or 1 stick celery, dash of white wine, squeeze of lemon or other flavourings you prefer)
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 tablespoons cream
- 2-3 tablespoons lightly roasted sunflower seeds (optional)
Stores well in fridge, so can be made ahead a day or two.
Makes enough to cover veggies for about 4 people.
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