Category Archives: Food

September Share & Swap

On a warm and sunny Spring day we gathered in Nadja and Andrew’s garden to share & swap our garden surplus over wood oven pizzas and home-baked sweets. With  an expert pizza dough maker like Nadja,  Andrew’s skills with the wood-fired oven, and Joel’s tomato sauce providing … Continue reading

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The Hungry Season

Towards the end of winter we all long for the warmth and sunshine of Spring.  But early Spring can be a lean time in the kitchen garden. That is why this period was traditionally referred to as ‘the hungry season’. Green vegetables are bolting … Continue reading

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The neglected garden

Blogging about sustainability is not the only activity which has taken a back seat lately. Lots of other things seem to have temporarily fallen by the side.  So what does a usually productive garden look like after months of neglect? Months … Continue reading

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March Share & Swap

Today we returned to Rob & Marian’s garden to share & swap our surplus plants and backyard produce. Let’s have a quick look around this edible suburban garden. Here is Rob taking us on a tour of the backyard and explaining … Continue reading

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Food preservation & food security

These past few weeks were spent preserving the last fruits of summer – pears, peaches and nectarines. Our neighbourhood enjoyed a fruit glut and we received over 100 kilos of fresh-picked, pesticide-free fruit which would otherwise have gone to waste. I started using the Fowlers … Continue reading

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February Share & Swap

Today’s neighbourhood Share & Swap took place in our backyard with a variety of summer fruits and vegetables changing hands as well as recipes and tips for looking after chickens. This month Rob is chook minding for two local households away on holidays. … Continue reading

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Summer harvest

This summer’s harvest is abundant despite planting a smaller than usual number of vegetable seedlings and collecting very little produce from our young summer fruit trees. Several neighbours shared their surplus fruit. Mary gave us lots of apricots and Ray and Joy shared lemons. … Continue reading

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