Dig for Victory: Planning for the win

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Dig for Victory is a primer for the kitchen gardener. Every few weeks or so we’ll publish a new post to build on our technical knowledge of gardening. You’re under the capable hand of Steve here. Let me know what you think and if you’d like anything in particular to be covered. Enjoy!

My garden has evolved over the last few years to feed my family of four; I even sell enough so that inputs, with the exception of labour, are pretty much paid for. It’s about 80m² and is made from 18 beds (3m X 1.5m). My kids love to eat vegetables fresh from the garden—beans, carrots, broccoli and salads—the carrots rarely make the table and are often a get-home-from-school snack.

Yet this wasn’t always the way. More


Coles RSPCA chicken taste claim is bulldust

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Chicken meat taste, according to Coles
On 3 January 2014, Coles announced that all of their homebrand chickens are now ‘RSPCA Approved’. These chickens are raised in barns farmed to the RSPCA Approved Farming Scheme Standards. The real changes for the birds are the inclusion of hay bales and a reduction in stocking density. This “reduction” in reality means a change from 18.7 birds per square metre (for 40kg/m2) to 15.9 birds per square metre (for 34 kg/m2). More


Shop Local this Christmas

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Gosh I haven’t blogged for a long time—perhaps it’s because no-one has annoyed me—that’s when I do my best work!

Alas, my complacency was smashed when I spotted this tweet. More


Dig for Victory: Adapting to a new climate

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Dig for Victory is a primer for the kitchen gardener. Every few weeks or so we’ll publish a new post to build on our technical knowledge of gardening. You’re under the capable hand of Steve here. Let me know what you think and if you’d like anything in particular to be covered. Enjoy!

I must say, this summery hot dry weather we’re having during Spring is proving quite a challenge. It feels more like living, working and growing in an arid climate rather than a temperate one.

Soils are drying out. They’re either falling apart if sandy or baking hard if clay. Plants are looking sickly and seeds aren’t sprouting; if they do manage to poke their head up, the wind or heat are cooking them. When the wind blows hard, as it has been, you can stand and watch the topsoil being blown away.

The prolonged dry period is having an effect on the soil and plant growth; we growers need to be able to adapt to this type of weather. More


Dig for Victory: Plants and naming

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Dig for Victory is a primer for the kitchen gardener. Every few weeks or so we’ll publish a new post to build on our technical knowledge of gardening. You’re under the capable hand of Steve here. Let me know what you think and if you’d like anything in particular to be covered. Enjoy!

Generally speaking, Botany is the study of plants, Zoology the study of animals, Biology looks at all living things and Ecology is the relationship between all of these parts. Some field-based knowledge of these sciences will help you understand plant identification, plant needs, nutrient cycling, water cycles, the importance of micro and macro fauna, weed control and well, pretty much everything you need to grow healthy vegetables. More


Dig for Victory: Soil III

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Dig for Victory is a primer for the kitchen gardener. Every few weeks or so we’ll publish a new post to build on our technical knowledge of gardening. You’re under the capable hand of Steve here. Let me know what you think and if you’d like anything in particular to be covered. Enjoy!

Imagine a row of your favourite vegetable swaying gently in the afternoon breeze—for me, it’d be purple and white striped eggplants—now walk along and harvest a few kilos. In your hands is about 75 percent water, with the reminder being nutrients mined from the soil. In order to have a sustainable food production system, we need to understand nutrients and how to replace them. More


My Food Story

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Oh my gosh how freaking delighted I was during the two weeks of this competition! It was so exciting to receive the entries, pigs and chooks and tales of abundance into my email. Ping! Ping! Oink! Bok! More


Photo competition

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WIN OVER $750 OF FOOD-LOVER’S PRIZES
Entries are now open! Send photos of your magnificent Produce (e.g. your farm, garden or its bounty) and Dishes (e.g. scenes of cooking, sharing food or your creation). Add your reflections or make a wish!

You can enter on Facebook, or on Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag #MyFoodStory and either #Produce or #Dish. Entries and voting closes 25th August 2013.
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