My favourite orchard tree

By Anna Sullivan

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Anna’s almonds. Photo: Anna Sullivan

After a wonderful summer of fruit, I have been reflecting on my favourite orchard trees and decided it is my almond trees.
Lucky for me they were here when we moved in five years ago but only in the last two years I have come to really appreciate them. Continue reading

How does your garden grow?

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Yes, tell us about your garden …

One of the most enjoyable things about getting together with other gardeners is to share experiences of the season. It might be to brag about a great harvest or other ‘wins’. But we can also learn from each other by sharing the challenges – and possibly avoid a problem that others have had, or commiserate when we’re all in the same boat.

We thought it might be fun to share some of these conversations online, as well as at our gatherings.

We kick off with some tales from the summer so far from members Thea O’Loughlin  and Sue Brunskill. Big thanks for sharing your experiences, ladies. Continue reading

From Tragedy to Triumph

After admiring Thea and Luke’s posts about their garden adventures on social media, we asked Thea if she’d write something for our inaugural round of How does your garden grow? And she did!

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Busyness and my garden

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“It’s given me a chance to rethink about our food growing” – Sue

Here’s another response to our prompt How does your garden grow?

By Sue Brunskill

I have had a challenging year and probably have the least productive veggie garden since we moved to Wooragee more than 20 years ago. I did get a bit depressed – we have planted so well for habitat that the parrots and the wallabies have demolished much. But I did “put it on the table” and have a look and realised that I was away in September when I usually get ready for summer garden and then of course when I got back had to catch up on all other things I’d missed, then worked until 23rd Dec instead of stopping earlier, and had a busy family end of year.

But there are some positives too – I might just get my autumn veggies in on time, it gave me a chance to really build up the gardens and do some other things like play with our 2 gorgeous new miniature pigs that we collected on 23rd December.

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Summer delights

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Harvesting summer fruit

By Sue Brunskill
This summer we stayed at home instead of going away and I have really enjoyed making new recipes and turning the excess fruit into food for later, including labna, kefir and green drinks, and my usual plum products. I must say I only ever make things that are no fuss and easy to make, and also easy to use later.

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