Runner Bean Chutney

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Here in Australia we are on the verge of spring and planting has begun in the Market Garden.

Kirsten has just posted a Blog about the joys of Scarlet Runner Beans which we love to grow at Milkwood, and one of our Canadian followers has asked for ideas for turning Runner Bean Abundance into good things for storing. Continue reading


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Mid Winter memories


Our most lovely and excellent chefesse with one of her magnificent creations – all Milkwood’s own

Being a citizen of both hemispheres this post has two purposes : to inspire my family and friends up there in the world (for whom summer is just beginning … we hope – may you be blessed with a Milkwood Bounty this year); and for my antipodean friends and colleagues, as we venture out into frosty mornings to remind us of warmer days and copious crops. Continue reading

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Week 33 in the OMG


Warfare, Death and Destruction… well the latter anyway. Continue reading


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The First Frost – Wednesday 11 April 2012


Light as a feather and silent as night, the first frost of winter falls and we waken to a white dawn…. Continue reading


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Week 32 in the OMG – Easter Weekend 2012


Happy Easter Weekend to all my readers … the theme of this week must be Indian Summer … and what better way to celebrate our late burst of summer-in-autumn than this shot of Michael and Sophie doing a bit of garden yoga over the Brassica beds. Continue reading


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Week 31 in the OMG


A cornucopia of carrots ! We had an Open Day here at Milkwood on Sunday so to cater for 60 visitors + the resident community here Rose asked me to pull all the mature carrots. Continue reading

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Week 30 in the OMG


Friday morning – it felt a little chilly overnight so when I did my pre-breakfast walk through the garden I took this photo of my morning temperature reading… the lowest this year. Winter is coming. Continue reading

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