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Good Organic Gardening Issue#6.1

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5 min.
chooks with looks

What do you choose as a backyard hen if you want a bird that looks a bit different? The quest is simpler if your household doesn’t use many eggs, as some exotic varieties are all looks and no lay. There are some weird and wonderful breeds. Take the Malay Game — they make great pets but they look so gaunt and morose it’s doubtful even their own mothers love them. You could go to another extreme. The Indian Game is short-legged, built like a wrestler with a rather reptilian head and one of the best backyard bantams you could find, a delight to have around and not overly active in the garden. It’s possible you really want a breed that’s cute and cuddly — which rules out the Naked Neck. So we’re searching…

1 min.
cauliflower, bacon & sage mash

Star ingredient: Cauliflower Serves 4 as a side Ingredients • 1 small or ½ large cauliflower, cut into florets • 1 tbsp butter • ½ leek, finely sliced • 1 onion, chopped • 3 rashers bacon, chopped • 5 sage leaves • Salt & pepper to taste Method 1. Steam the cauliflower over a double boiler until just cooked through and put aside. 2. In a large sauté pan or Thermomix, melt the butter and sauté the leek, onion and bacon until tender. 3. Combine the cauliflower and bacon mix together with the sage and blend in a food processor or Thermomix on number 5 for 20 seconds. 4. Season with salt and pepper and perhaps another small knob of butter. 5. Enjoy on its own or as a side dish with your main meal.…

8 min.
short days, long nights

Depending on your location, as the days shorten and the nights lengthen, your edible garden will go through some changes. Soil temperatures drop, insect activity levels change, weeds aren’t as prevalent and vegetables and herbs that were powering along may finish or go dormant, making way for a range of other choices that prefer the cooler weather. This may suit you to a tee or it may not. Let’s take a look at how soil and air temperatures affect plant growth and production; how to possibly lengthen your growing season and understand what grows when and where; and how to combat the cooler weather and some of the climatic obstacles that may occur during wintertime. SOIL & AIR TEMPERATURES Understanding how various vegetable, herb and fruit-tree species are affected by the seasons can make…

1 min.
health benefits

Mushrooms are not vegies or fruit. They’re not even plants — they’re macrofungi. However, they offer many health benefits that make them complementary to fruit and vegies in the diet; in fact, you could replace one of your five serves of vegies with a serve of mushrooms. Mushrooms produce vitamin D when exposed to sunlight, converting their abundant ergosterol to ergocalciferol (vitamin D 2 ). Commercially grown crops aren’t generally exposed to the sun, but you can give your own home-grown mushrooms a blast of sunshine after harvesting to make them rich in this important vitamin. They also contain beneficial amounts of the vitamins B 2 , B 3 , B 5 and folate, as well as significant amounts of the minerals chromium selenium, copper, phosphorus and potassium. These little powerhouses help fight…

6 min.
gardening nature

Tom and Zaia Kendall and their 14-year-old son Marlon live on 34 acres in Kin Kin, in the lush Sunshine Coast hinterland northwest of Noosa. About a third of the property is managed (farmed would be the wrong word) according to the principles of permaculture. To the untrained eye, the Kendalls’ “managed” 10 acres are all but indistinguishable from the surrounding subtropical rainforest — and Tom and Zaia wouldn’t want it any other way. Permaculture is a sustainable system of agriculture, environmental design and habitat maintenance that takes its cues from nature itself. The concept was coined in the 1970s by Australians Bill Mollison and David Holmgren from the words “permanent (agri)culture”. Mollison described permaculture as simply “a philosophy of working with, rather than against, nature”. Tom has farmed and gardened all his…

5 min.
magic dirt

Diatomaceous earth (DE) — the powdered, fossilized remains of marine phytoplankton or diatoms (hard-shelled algae) — is the pesticide you can eat. In fact, you probably already do. Although it destroys insects, DE is harmless to mammals. Our grain foods are often stored with diatomaceous earth to prevent the predations of bugs, so there are few of us who haven’t consumed the stuff. Cautions • Only ever use the highest-quality food-grade diatomaceous earth you can find, never pool-grade, which contains dangerous levels of crystalline silica. • When using DE, whether for your own consumption, on your garden or on your chooks and other animals, be sure to protect eyes and mucous membranes — yours and theirs! — from any airborne DE dust. Also called diatomite, the off-white talc-like substance is fatal for creepy-crawlies with an…