The Wrap Up…The inaugural East Hills District Schools Harvest Festival

I can’t believe its been a week since the festival.  Months of planning, sleepless nights and stress.  Why? Because it’s time.  Its time to bring together all the school gardens and veggie patches and create a collaborative event that brings the passionate gardeners, artists and creators together. School gardens are more than a veggie patch,…

Lessons in Sweet Potato and love…

“Best reaction ever at Bankstown Farm today. A lady stopped to tell me how much she loves the garden. ” thank you sweetheart, bless you…from what it was to this…all this green and you know where your food comes from. God sends people like you to let the rest of us know not to give…

Why we need to fall in love with Autumn…and let go of Spring!

I was watching Gardening Australia the other night and the presenter Jerry Coleby-Williams spoke of how it was now time for tomatoes in the subtropics. 23 degrees and 70% humidity is what a tomato likes.  He lives in Bris Vegas and we are temperate zone here in Sydney but I grabbed hold of what he…

The Glenfield Girls

The permanent members of the Glenfield Girls are Leonie, Gabby, Jenna, Khali, Rhonda, Rhonda’s chooks and extended family and neighbours. January 2016 Here is a photo of last summer.  There was the palm (the bain of our edible garden existence) and an olive tree that was blown down in a storm just over a year…

Welcome to Bankstown International Peace Garden

This week at Bankstown has been overwhelming.  We have had so many neighbours and passers-by stop to praise, comment, offer advice, ask for advice, give us recipes and tell us their stories. We all left the farm today high on humanity.  Being out in the community in the garden in this way it’s easy to…

Cheat Day: Tumors, Azaleas and Green Tomato Pickles

Today’s #30days30mealschallenge is a major cheat.  As you can see I have a cancer-load serving of bacon and eggs (because our egg suppliers are still away) green tomato pickles, parsley and sundried tomatoes…out of a about a kilo of tomatoes there are a handful left! Last night, not interested in the cricket, I decided to…

30 Days/30 Meals – struggle town

  I won’t lie, today’s meal was hard.  All this thinking about what I eat, is quite a challenge! My body (actually, that’s not true) my mind is craving more than salad and fermented veg. The only heavy type vegie that we have, that we grew was the butternut pumpkin.  It is officially one year…

Stuck for what to plant…

Planting now in January for the Australia – temperate zone Amaranth (also Love-lies-bleeding) Plant in garden. Harvest from April. Asparagus Pea (also Winged bean) Plant in garden. Harvest from April. Beans – climbing (also Pole beans, Runner beans, Scarlet Runners) Plant in garden. Harvest from April. Beans – dwarf (also French beans, Bush beans) Plant…

30 Days 30 Meals

Hi Free Rangers, I’m watching Rage as I write this.  Both Willy and I are shedding tears over the big music losses that trigger memories of our misspent youth. He has just wiped the dust off the non-opened Bowie album and vowed never to open it. 2016 seemed to be the death of not only…