Mango & Passionfruit Muffins

A delicious mango muffin recipe for using up the mango glut

9 Zero Waste Organic Processing Techniques

One of the permaculture principles centres around the idea of producing no waste,Β or alternately,Β  finding uses for waste byproducts.Β  Overall it makes sense both environmentally and financially to try and process your own waste into something usuable. Under that idea I’m going to highlight the pros and cons of each style of handling organic waste…

Hoverflies

Have you seen a little wasp like fly buzzing around your garden hovering in one spot? If so it’s likely you have encountered a hoverfly, also sometimes called a flower fly. Description There are many different species of hoverflies with some looking more bee like in appearance however all have the helicopter flying habit that…

Handmade Bread Recipe

Living a little bit rurally where we do can make it a bit tricky to have access to fresh affordable food staples, while I won’t bore you with my life story and how the discovery of this bread recipe is a game changer/life saver/… Insert whatever stereotypical food blog trope here… I will say I’ve…

8 Heatwave Gardening Tips

As I write this we have just barely entered summer and yet many places around Australia are already sweltering in >30Β°C heatwaves. Such extreme heat fluctuations can really cause havoc on a garden but there are a few ways to minimise the damage and help your garden thrive. 1. Mulch Mulch is undoubtedly the single…

Plain Pumpkin Beetle

DescriptionsPlain pumpkin beetles (Aulacophora abdominalis) are an orange oval shaped beetle slightly larger than a ladybug (approx 6-8mm long). They leave a distinctive circle bite mark on the leaves of cucurbits (pumpkin,  melons,  zucchini etc). If they have been attacking a plant for a while without detection there may be skeletonised leaves where only the…

Fruit Piercing Moth

If you live in South East QLD and have a citrus tree you may have noticed recently the fruit is dropping just short of ripening. If not, I implore you to keep reading regardless so you can take measures to protect yourself from the incoming invasion. As we leave the drought behind us, things are…

Homemade Yogurt Recipe

Since our rural move we have had to become cautiously aware of our perishable food supplies. Our nearest supermarket is a 30 minute drive away making getting groceries a potentially costly affair. To limit this i try and get a large home delivery order once a month. Having young kids, yohurt is a staple in…

Tomatoes

Tomatoes grow easily year-round in my subtropical corner of the world. They prefer warm weather with lots of water however they are an incredibly resilient fruit which has earned them their place as a kitchen staple. As such there is roughly more than ten thousand varieties of tomato cultivators each with their own little nuances….

The Ethics of Invasive Plants

Recently I’ve been deliberating over the ethics of plant selection for our future food forest. Currently around Brisbane I’ve come across quite a few fruiting Brazilian Cherries (Eugenia uniflora). Upon tasting them I find them quite delicious and have contemplated growing them in our food forest. However on researching the best way to grow them…