Gardening with Stu – Improving Soil

  This month let’s dig a little into the exciting world of soil. This elemental foundation of our material existence is very much under appreciated and even has negative connotations, what parent wants to see their child soiled or treated like dirt. The health and vitality of our bodies is directly connected to the foods we consume and soils which those plants are grown in. That’s why a lot of people have been keen to re-establish a more direct connection between themselves and

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Sprouts – The Fast Food Garden

  The possibilities for growing sprouts seem endless, just about anything that is an unprocessed seed will sprout. Some of my favourites are chickpeas, lentils, sunflower seeds, almonds and mung beans. When we consume plants at this stage of their life cycle we’re often getting the greatest concentration of nutritional value and over-all health benefits including but not limited to anti-aging, anti-inflammation, alkalization, anti-oxidation, increased amount of and bio-availability

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Gardening with Stu – The Virtues of Comfrey

  This month, let’s cast our eyes over the wonderful virtues of Comfrey (Symphytum officinale). This poster girl of the permaculturists has a lengthy history of use throughout Europe, esteemed by gardeners and herbalists as far back as western history can be traced. It has also been embraced by the modern nutracueCcal movement and you would have no trouble finding some sort of comfrey ointment or cream in the aisles of Woolies or Coles. With recent interest in the plant as a marketable

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Gardening With Stu – Kohlrabi

  The vegetable of the month this time is strictly one for the home gardener, occasionally you’ll see it on a supermarket shelf but it won’t taste anything like the ones you harvest from your own little patch, so don’t bother to pay the exorbitant price they’ll be asking. The Kohl Rabi is a cold weather crop from the same Brassica family as Broccoli and Kale, similar soil preferences (rich and nutritious).

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Gardening with Stu – Nasturtium 

  This month I’m writing about a wonderful multipurpose herb that pretty much has something for everybody. Originating in Peru and finding favour in many a suburban flower garden, you may remember biting off and sucking the little drop of nectar from the flower spur that grew in your grandmothers’ garden when you were a kid. Tropaeolum majus or the Garden Nasturtium is a rampant weed in parts of my garden. It comes up when the weather is cooler and usually claims more space than

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