Category Archive: Garden journal

Jun 12 2015

Bag isolation of tomatoes.

June is here and the tomatoes are flowering. Time to bag them! Many of us have small gardens and want to grow several types of our favourite heirloom tomato. We do not have the space to plant them far enough away for the correct isolation distance. The solution is to put a little bag over the …

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Mar 18 2015

Gem squash – a South African delicacy

As a South African expat I grew up with gem squash as being the one and only squash we ever saw at our table. We ate them cut in half with their hard outer skin serving as a bowl. Filled with lots of butter and sometimes tender green peas they were delicious. I grew some here …

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Jun 03 2014

Saving Kale seeds

I have two varieties of kale and want to save seeds from both of them. One has smooth, tender green leaves, the tenderest kale I have ever grown. The other is a deep purple frilly kale, rich in anthocyanins and vitamin K. To stop the from cross pollinating I cut the developing flowers off the …

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Jul 18 2013

Golden Flax for the first time.

pale blue flax flowers

Growing Golden Flax. This is my first year of growing flax and I’m enchanted with this beautiful vigorous plant. I picked up the seeds at Seedy Saturday and had excellent germination. The plants grew to between 30 and 36 inches – lovely straight plants in lovely straight rows. They keep each other upright but I …

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