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Pauline’s Chutney Recipe

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INGREDIENTS6 Delicious Apples – cut small1 cup of Lycium Berries50 mm piece of Ginger – finely chopped or half a teaspoon of dried Ginger4 cloves of Garlic – finely chopped2 fresh Red Chillies – finely chopped1 cup of White Sugar – White sugar is best… Read More »Pauline’s Chutney Recipe

Cheese Making at Home

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Cheese making What you need to start. Three bowls – Large, medium and small. Wooden spoon/ Cheese cloth or open weave cloth / Sieve / Thermometer/ Milk / Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C Powder) or lemons or Citric Acid. This recipe is made using Vitamin C… Read More »Cheese Making at Home

Seed Viability Testing

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Germination of seed and it’s viability for germination often seems a bit like ‘jibberish’ when quoted on seed packets and does not always seem to apply to the average gardener. Here at Beautanicals’ Australian Gardener farm we test every crop of seed that we harvest as soon… Read More »Seed Viability Testing

Companion Planting

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It seems true you know, that good neighbours create a great Garden. Experiment with companion planting as there are some very unusual combinations that exist outside the usual suspects. We do understand that the idea of companion planting has absolutely no supporting, scientific validation and,… Read More »Companion Planting

PinYin to Common Name List

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For ease of reference, the table below has been ordered alphabetically by pin yin name.PinYin is the official phonological system for transcribing the Mandarin pronunciations of Chinese characters into the Latin alphabet.Other names for the herbs are then easy to identify.I have made no reference… Read More »PinYin to Common Name List

Common Germination Problems.

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The most common causes of seeds not germinating are:1. Soil was too heavy (Clay).2. Soil was allowed to dry out. (Only once is enough to kill the emerging seed)3. Seeds were not given enough time to germinate before sower gave up. (Many seedshave slow or erratic germination.) The… Read More »Common Germination Problems.

Nano Gardening 1.01

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As space is at a premium and the gardens of city builds are smaller than ever, outdoor space now means balconies or, for the really determined, Community Gardens.Enter Nano Gardening. Nano gardening allows gardeners to not only plant up, but to plant in a very considered… Read More »Nano Gardening 1.01

Snails and Slugs

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Warm winters can disturb the hibernation of slugs and snails.They will eat and breed throughout the winter months, creating an extra generation of molluscs that will continue your infestation.Slugs are very beneficial in the compost heap but unfortunately they may not stay there and the… Read More »Snails and Slugs

Coffee 1 . Grow from seed.

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A civilised twist on the term ‘Home Brew’….It’s really not as hard as you might believe.Coffee trees, or shrubs to be accurate, are really quite efficient survivors and will generally tolerate a reasonable amount of abuse or neglect.They require much less work to grow than… Read More »Coffee 1 . Grow from seed.