Category: garden

level zero nightshades

This is growing nightshades at Level Zero for absolute beginner gardeners. Learn to grow these, and the rest of the family will fall into place. The easiest to grow are the potatoes, and everyone wants tasty tomatoes too, so we start there. Let’s go.

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Broadbean harvest

Growing broadbeans is easy.. but harvest time can be overwhelming. Here is the easiest way to get those babies into the freezer to enjoy over weeks ahead.

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the nightshades

These are the Solanaceae – the nightshade family of so many summer flavours we love. Besides potatoes, the ones we eat are technically fruits of these plants. Now that frosts are gone, it is time to get them going. Let’s meet them.

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ALLIUM HARVEST

It has taken us a while to settle on a harvest routine for alliums, but we got there. I need them LOFO (low-FODMAP), Hubby has a mix, and the kids love them any-which-way. How do we get the most out of alliums with such a high maintenance family? There is a way.

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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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