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GARDENING NEWS


Urban Organics: Growing Veggies the Natural Way

Organic growing is something that many people often aspire to, if only it weren't so difficulty. However the perception that it's harder, involves more work, is somewhat of a misnomer. Instead it's important that we work smarter!




The Wonderful World of Orchids

Members of this family can be found naturally the world over, in almost every habitat. Frequently beautiful, many of these orchids are mainly found in remote and often hard to reach locations.




Rhubarb Crumble Muffin 

This recipe was kindly supplied for us by the excellent Head Chef from the Friend of the Farmer Cafe at our Takanini branch.  The results are incredibly tasty, and it's an easy enough to follow that even I managed to successfully create deliciousness.  

Billy Aiken




New Arrivals

Life once again erupts from the cold hard depths of Auckland's dreary and damp winter. And with springs arrival we once again see a plethora of delightful perennials once again erupt into blooming glorious displays, but if you've space for a few more, check out some of the flowers that have just come in, and are sure to be perennially delightful. 




Broad Bean & Pea Falafal with Lemon Mint Yogurt 

Falafal is often seen as a difficult thing to make from scratch, but this recipe is easy, great for getting Kids involved, and can use up peas and broad beans from the garden. Though if you're running short of ingredients you can get away with using frozen peas and broad beans.




Zesty Yuzu: The Cooks Favourite

It may be the name of several popular Japanese restaurants around Auckland, but it's also the name of a peculiar and potentially delicious citrus fruit.

 




Palino's Pear and Blue Cheese Pizza

Making pizza at home is a lot of fun and it could get even the kids involved. I usually make my own dough (and sometimes I even store extra dough in my freezer). But if you are short for time you can always buy a pre-made base from the grocery store.




Rose Pruning in Winter

Can you hear the sounds of secateurs being sharpened and saw teeth being set? These tools are about to be put into action because July's the most popular month for rose pruning.

Can you hear the sounds of secateurs being sharpened and saw teeth being set? These tools are about to be put into action because July's the most popular month for rose pruning.




Innovative ways to grow Strawberries

Whether you're short of space, or just like a challenge, there's bound to be a peculiar and interesting way you can produce masses of tasty fruit. 




Cajun Meat Loaf

In the cold winter months there is nothing better than a nice meat loaf to warm us up. I hope you enjoy this as it was one of my restaurants signature dishes. 
 



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