Eight Acres - the blog — vegetables

Does growing vegetables save you money?

Oct 10 2017 1 Comment Tags: frugal, garden, simple, vegetables

Growing your own vegetables can save you money if you're smart about it, here's what I think you can do to get off to a good start....

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Pot garden progress

Aug 28 2017 0 Comments Tags: garden, herbs, vegetables

I'm still here! I just got distracted by making a new soap website and I couldn't decide where to post this. But I'm not ready to move just yet. I wanted to show you my pot garden as I've been pleasantly surprised by what I can grow (in winter anyway). We are going to build a proper garden and set up the aquaponics, but other things need to be done first and meanwhile my pot collection keeps...

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Preserving the harvest

Apr 24 2017 0 Comments Tags: dehydrator, fermented, garden, preserving, self sufficiency, vegetables

Here's a post originally from 2012. It is interesting to read this again now, as I've lately been finding that I can grow a productive and varied vege garden for most of the year, so a lot of the veges that I had preserved were not getting used up anyway. I prefer to use things up while they are fresh, but there are advantages to fermenting food and few things that I do want to use year-round,...

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Growing snake beans

Apr 17 2017 0 Comments Tags: garden, sub-tropical, vegetables

One of the really fun things about our sub-tropical climate is the weird veges that we can grow.  I've written about a few them before (rosella, warrigal greens and sweet potato), and other posts about chokos and trombonchino.  Here's one more that I like to grow: the snake bean.





Vigna unguiculata subsp. sesquipedalisalso known as yardlong bean,long-podded cowpea, asparagus bean, pea bean, or...

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Planting seeds or seedlings?

Dec 19 2016 0 Comments Tags: seeds, vegetables

Its taken me a little while to learn this, but I think I've now figured out which veges to sow directly in the soil as seeds and which to raise as seedlings and then plant in my garden, so I thought I'd share with you what has worked for me so far.

radish seedlings peeping through the mulch

At first I tried to plant everything as seeds directly in the garden, but I wasn’t happy with the results, too...

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Pollinators for your vegetable garden

Oct 05 2016 0 Comments Tags: bees, garden, vegetables

A friend asked me what was the best way to attract pollinators to her garden.  She was thinking about getting a honey bee hive or maybe just attracting native bees.

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