Rhubarb, Rhubarb

I must be a child of the seventies – I just cannot say ‘Rhubarb’ once! More on that later.
Rhubarb is a gem in your garden – perennial, forgiving, and an instant desert or breakfast hero. Here are some top tips, and now is a perfect time to plant them.

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Drugs for slugs

So many slugs; so many ideas for how to get rid of them. Lots of folks have asked about our experiences with slugs, so here is everything we have used that has worked for us.

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Level Zero Cucurbits

This is growing cucurbits at Level Zero for absolute beginner gardeners. Learn to grow these, and the rest of the family will fall into place. The most easy to grow, and those we prefer here in our patch, are CUCUMBER and ZUCCHINI for fresh summer eating, and PUMPKIN if you prefer to play a long game and save food for winter months. Let’s go.

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My weed hitlist – Erodium

Oils aint oils, and weeds aint weeds. We have a lot of weeds that come and go. Some we tolerate, some we eat, some we manage, and SOME that are just plain nasty and must go. I have a hitlist of weeds to look out for and target at our place each season, and this is one of them. Erodium – ‘Storksbill’ or ‘corkscrew’ weed. Grrr.

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napoleons THYME

Thyme has a long history in Napoleons – more than a hundred years. It is so easy to grow, and it is harvest time very soon.

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The Cucurbits

These are the Cucurbitaceae – the cucurbit family – also referred to as the Gourds, the Squashes, or the Melons. There are more members of this family found in vegie gardens world-wide than any other, so well worth a look. Let’s meet them.

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FedUni murnong project 2020

This is the #FedUniMurnong Citizen Science project 2020. Participants (me included) become custodian of 20 plants of an undisclosed subspecies of endemic Microseris for about three years. Frankly, it’s a real privilege to be involved and bloody exciting for a plant nerd.

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Spring Snow

When you grow food in cool temperate regions, it pays to know your snow seasons.Here in Napoleons, that is during Poorneet (September, early Spring), and sometimes later even in November some years. It snowed today ❄️🌿

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Level Zero Beets

This is growing beets at Level Zero for absolute beginner gardeners. Learn to grow these, and the rest of the Amaranth family will fall into place. The two most easy beets to grow, and those we prefer here in our patch, are BEETROOT and SPINACH.

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