Category Archive: Organic

In Production Today, April 2015

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Here’s my subtropical food garden’s current autumn menu. Plants marked with an asterisk are volunteers, that is they are self-sown. Currently I have 38 different volunteer crops.

How Can ‘Dog’s Vomit’ Have A ‘Hive’ Mind? Enter The Kingdom Of The Slime Moulds

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“Truly alien creatures…are all around us” Professor Christopher Reid, University of Sydney At dawn you could mistake them for vomited curry, something people find disturbing. They surface during the night, forming moist, sulphur-yellow… Continue reading

Bunya: Prehistoric Plant, Ancient Australian Food Tradition

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“Young Australians need to be educated about what a Bunya tree looks like, what the sound of snapping cones and breaking branches sound like, and to avoid lingering underneath them in high summer. When I was at primary school, we had a Bunya in the schoolyard. We knew what to do, how to harvest them, and no one was ever hurt.”

Turmeric In The Garden And Kitchen

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After gardening in the heat and humidity of a Brisbane summer’s day, I find Turmeric Tea (Curcuma longa) most refreshing, especially if chilled and served with fresh, finely chopped mint leaves or lemongrass… Continue reading

Living And Gardening With Koalas

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Question: “Hi Jerry, Great to see you at the koala rally on Wednesday. Our next plan is to try and have a meeting with the developers. We were wondering if you might be… Continue reading

Elephant Foot Yam: The Gift That Keeps On Giving

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The gift that keeps on giving: In 2013, Annette McFarlane gave me a young Elephant Yam, Amorphophallus paeoniifolius. This tropical, forest-dwelling, winter herbaceous perennial root crop is native to India, SE Asia, Papua… Continue reading

Why Do Fresh Woodchip And Potting Mix Turn Mouldy And Repel Water?

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Question: “Dear Jerry, In the last year, I have had a soil problem that looks normal on the surface, but when you dig into the mulch, it is grey and looks like a fungus… Continue reading

One Name To Rule Them All: Get With Gomphrena

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What is the scientific name for Batchelor’s Buttons? Does it matter? Can it help? Maybe. If you learn the scientific name of a plant, you have a unique key to unlock information about… Continue reading

Organic Win: Nematodes Defeated In Wynnum

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Root knot nematodes can be a curse in warm, moist garden soils. Feeding by these minuscule, transparent, work-like creatures inside the root tissue of many crops causes the roots to develop tumour-like growths… Continue reading

Success With Pumpkin In The Subtropics

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Question: When do I sow pumpkin? I read in gardening magazines pumpkin can be sown from spring to autumn in the subtropics. But advice on seed packets (and some magazines) suggest that pumpkin… Continue reading

Surprisingly Nutritious Vegetable Damper Recipe

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This damper recipe includes green pawpaw (Carica papaya) and Warrigal greens (Tetragonia tetragonioides), which are currently abundant in my garden. Both are self-sown crops. Served either as damper or used as a pizza… Continue reading

In Production Today, September 2014

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Spring is over in my garden. Winter crops are flowering – my garden is transitioning into its seed saving phase.

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