Roots

Rhubarb Renaissance: A Curious plant indeed

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Originally, rhubarb (Rheum palmatumn) was valued for its medicinal prowess. Native to the wintry steppes of Central Asia, Himalayas and Mongolia, the Chinese cultivated and harvested the big yellow root (da haung) for its strong purgative effect and as a cure-all for a raft of other afflictions. First documented in “The Shen Nong Ben Cao Jing”, the earliest book on materia medica, the Chinese have been conversant with its medicinal efficacy since 2700BC! Traded extensively along the ancient silk road routes, its therapeutic properties were soon held in high regard and demand, by the 10th century it became a major export and spread into India, Russia, Europe and North America.   Read More . . .

 

A Plum Passion

Friday, February 14, 2014

The South Australian summer is upon us. The garden beds have been prepared with layers of mulch, brown in-line dripper hoses that snake through the vege patch and temporary shade structures that promise to provide some relief from the scorching heat during the endless days of 38 degrees celsius and above.Only the most robust of the mediterranean vegetables; tomatoes, eggplants, capsicum, zucchini and chilies can withstand the desiccating northerly winds that threaten to strangle the life from all and sundry that dally to long in the mid-day sun.    Read More . . .

 

Our Kitchen Garden

Monday, December 16, 2013

Our kitchen garden was carved out of a neglected backyard and built upon our love of food and a commitment to reduce our footprint on the earth a little more each day than the day before. It’s been a nine year journey starting with the establishment of the espalier fruit tree and screening beds of callistemons (callistemon citrinus) around the perimeter of our block and seven large raised vegetable beds. Why seven you may ask? Well, after consulting various organic gardening books and based on our somewhat adequate vegetable gardening attempts in another space and time, we decided we needed a four bed rotational system.    Read More . . .