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Diggers Rest - Worm plonk. Eco gardening tips, Love ya Lentils.
September 03, 2008
A free monthly resource from the wonderful world of gardening; giving you tips, recipes and reminders to make your garden grow!
September 2008 Issue #36
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1) Worm plonk
Worm plonkThe thousands of Digger's Rest e-zine subscribers haven't made any difference to the Oxalis in my garden. Hrrmp — after saying how delicious and tangy Oxalis was last month, I'd hoped for a beeline as a solution for eliminating the vast clumps of bright green, spring fuelled growth pushing through the fence from next door.
Worm plonk: Bill writes in the Australian Sun-Herald about a problem thus: It seems that in the spirit of eco-consciousness his friend offered to deliver his surplus worm farm liquid produced from kitchen waste. This beautiful liquid arrived on Bill's front doorstep and he happily applied it to his garden. Unfortunately his friend has had to discontinue supplying it in the dozen famous-labelled chardonnay bottles with screw tops, as the other night someone pinched the lot.
Wonder what the first swig tasted like? Not the best vintage year!
Sowing & planting: There's some old-fashioned wisdom in the Eco Tips below — and if in doubt for more specific times and areas, refresh your knowledge at Sowing Guides.
Winter areas: If spring is still around the corner in your area, make sure you've got any deciduous fruit trees planted whilst they are still dormant. Such a good investment for a few dollars. A fruit tree will provide hundreds of dollars worth of healthy, fresh fruit for years to come.
If you sow your own tomato seeds, it's time to get them in. There are endless other seeds to sow now if you have the room and inclination. If you have to buy seedlings, empty the compost bin onto garden, smother the weeds, do everything to have your garden ready for planting when real spring and summer weather arrives.
Summer areas: Many areas should have some winter producing veggies well established now, such as cabbages, caulis and Brussels sprouts. Depending on your climate it's not too late to sow seeds, but alternatively you can always buy and plant well established seedlings.
Keep picking the last leafy greens and harvest other crops that are ready, such as spuds, vines crops and onions (make sure tops really are dried before storing them).
If frost looks like paying a visit, pick the last tomatoes to ripen inside even if they are they have only a tinge of colour. See info on Tomatoes.
Eco Gardening Tips
Like the proverbial "little black dress" that all women are meant to own, lentils too are versatile; are handy when you're stuck; can be dressed up or down; and get praised a lot.
Love ya LentilsIngredients
- 2 cups dry lentils, green best, or brown (4 cups cooked)
Preparation: 35 minutes, plus approximately 20-35 minutes cooking.
Serves: 4 people.
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