Category Archives: gardening

Skinflint Sunday: when your version of gourmet is really just leftovers.

I took the washing out to the line and on the way back in I noticed that a few things needed picking. I haven’t yet cut into this zucchini. It looks too fabulous! The Purple King beans are dried out, … Continue reading

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Skinflint Sunday: how the day slipped away.

I’m not sure if I’ve blogged here about the new chart I’m doing to try and instil some more productive habits, but a month-and-a-bit in, it’s working like a charm. I had the whole Sunday ahead of me, free of … Continue reading

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Some links you may be interested in. (Or not – who am I to judge??)

This garden may be pretty awful, but at least we’re getting heaps of beans and zucchini. I have 35 bags of chopped zucchini in the freezer at last count, with 8 monster zuccs still on the vine. It makes me … Continue reading

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It’s blistering hot, but I’m thinking ahead.

Well, the soil in my garden might be awful, but the two things it’s producing lots of is zucchini and beans. I hate mucking around with blanching, so I’m going to freeze my beans using this woman’s technique. It’s low-tech … Continue reading

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Skinflint Sunday: it’s the little things.

Fortunate Frogdancer strikes again! When we moved to The Best House in Melbourne, I brought a lime verbena plant with me that I’d owned for a couple of years. I have 3 lemon verbena plants, but the lime verbena was … Continue reading

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Water crisis!

When the landscaper attached the watering system to the tank at the side of the house, I was rapt. Until I turned the tap and no water came out. It’s been raining all through winter, so I knew the tank was full. … Continue reading

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Boring comes before fun. Sad but true.

Proof that my son can use an Allen key! I asked him to send a photo when he put the bed together. 🙂 Work at The Best House in Melbourne has ramped up a notch. The wicking garden beds are … Continue reading

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Skinflint Sunday: Free compost materials!! Why wouldn’t you?

I’m pretty sure I showed you guys a picture of my sons assembling a tumbling compost bin a few weeks ago. I’ve never owned one of these before. In the old place, I just had a couple of those huge, … Continue reading

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Skinflint Sunday: Buy yourself hundreds of new friends.

In my last gardening post I think I mentioned that I’m not overly impressed with the soil that the landscaper bought for the garden beds. My plants are yellowing and not growing well. I’m composting like a mad woman (more … Continue reading

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What happened after the landscaper left?

Lots! I got Francis, my chippie brother-in-law, to continue the side deck around to the door that will one day be my study, but is now Ryan23’s room. I got him to put the step all the way around. One … Continue reading

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