Simple Snow Pea Stir Fry

When I am able to get a substantial harvest of snow peas from the garden (enough to feed three, at least) I always cook them the same way. This is my snow pea stir fry, and it is just as simple as it is delicious. Something I must insist on in cooking this dish properly […]

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Nightime Snail Pickings

One of the greatest banes most gardeners have to endure is the onslaught of snails after any sort of rain that happens just before (or during) nightfall, where the ground is nice and wet. As soon as the sun sets, these pesky little land mollusks rush out of their daytime abode and home in on a […]

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Simple Shortcrust Pastry

I love recipes that are simple to execute but yet provide an amazing outcome. This simple shortcrust pastry recipe definitely fits the bill. It’s rich, flakey and best of all – short. – There are only a few things you need to know when making shortcrust pastry: 1. All the wet ingredients need to be […]

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Mini Greenhouses

It’s always a good idea to plant seeds at least a month early before the growing season. This should be done in a controlled environment such as a greenhouse – if you have one. Starting them early ensures that by the time you transplant the seedlings out into the garden, they would have had a […]

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Compost Tea

When I think of fertiliser, I picture things such as well rotted manure, blood & bone, chicken manure, seaweed emulsion – the list goes on. I never thought there was anything called Compost Tea. The name itself it quite off-putting. But when you think about it, plants need a drink too – they probably get […]

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Tan Brogues

I think tan shoes & brogues should be a staple in every man’s closet. Sometimes you find the best of both. These babies are from Calibre, which is one of my favourite local brands. In fact, it is my favourite local brand! They are the Scalo Brogue Lace Ups. All I can say is – […]

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Method to the bamboo madness

This haphazardly looking bamboo arrangement is in fact a climbing trellis for our snow peas. I saw something like this in a friend’s garden and had to give it a try – especially since there was no skill involved in making it. The idea is that you arrange all your spare bamboo stakes in a […]

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