Growing spring onions

Spring onions Allium fistulosum are really just like thick chives. While all manner of onions were cultivated by the Egyptians, Greeks and Romans, there’s a reference to spring onions in Chinese literature dating back over two thousand years.

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Comfrey for bones

A fall in the family means I’ve had broken bones on my mind lately. This particular break (my mother’s broken shoulder) is going to need the best medical science has to offer to make it better but in days gone by, people often turned to the garden for a remedy.

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Nature artist

Nature, and all its beauty,  is at the heart of the work of self-taught artist, Murray Ulan. Studies in horticulture and biology have also clearly influenced his sculptural work.

 

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Rydal daffodils

The small village of Rydal nearly 1000 metres above sea level has the ideal climate for growing daffodils and like its namesake in England where William Wordsworth lived for a time and wrote about daffodils, Rydal New South Wales can present a host of golden daffodils.

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Going potty

When the weather’s cold, days are short and the soil is wet, there’s little incentive to get out into the garden. Winter needn’t be dull downtime however if the garden includes some large containers arranged in a sunny spot.

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