Turmeric, a member of the ginger family, is a yellow wonder root plant. Curcumin, the active ingredient in Turmeric, is a powerful antioxidant and has anti-inflammatory properties. Studies are still being conducted on this plant but preliminary research suggests that eating turmeric can help ward off dementia, inhibit the growth of tumors, lower cholesterol, reduce […]
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Summer means Brisbane gardeners have to be creative with their salads. Lettuce, english spinach and other greens are hard to grow. Take a look at leafy greens. Darker leafed lettuces, and open hearted ‘cut and come again’ varieties will last a lot longer than cos or iceberg types. We can also use perennial leafy vegetables, […]
Worm Farm To keep your worms happy, you can buy a commercial worm farm, or make one from recycled materials. Worm farm container The container needs to be pest proof. It needs to have drainage and air holes. Bedding material can be shredded paper and cardboard (not coloured or glossy), cocofibre, dried leaves, […]
Wicking beds can be purchased, or made from recycled materials. The design of the wicking garden bed conserves water. Water is poured down the pipe into a reservoir. The water then slowly percolates upwards via the soil to the root zone of the plants, called wicking. Plants are watered from below rather than from above. […]
Sometimes called a lasagna garden or a layer garden, a no-dig garden is a quick way to build soil and start a vegetable patch. Digging is a lot harder and instead of using heavy garden tools, layer. Work with nature to disturb the soil as little as possible. No-dig is helpful for weed management and […]
Good bugs are essential to our survival. Ladybirds, praying mantids, lacewings and hover-flies, eat the aphids, mites and caterpillars that attack our plants. Honey bees, native bees, butterflies and moths pollinate our plants, giving us flowers, fruits, nuts, seeds, grains and vegetables. We can encourage healthy populations of good bugs. Choose not to spray […]