Apples, Summer, Summer Gardening

How can you tell if apples are ready to harvest?

Are your apple trees heavy with fruit? Are you not sure if they are ready to pick yet? Here is a sure fire test:

  1. They pull off the tree with relative ease.
  2. Cut a sample piece open. If the seeds are brown, then you are good to go. If the seeds are still white then wait a little longer.
  3. Taste it. It should be firm and sweet, but not powdering or tart (unless its a green variety)

Summer, Summer Gardening, Using Produce

Using Your Produce: Tomato Relish

About this time of year I start to get a huge glut of summer produce with loads of zucchinis, tomatoes, stone fruit and alike. I regularly make jams and preserves to ensure that nothing goes to waste.

My favourite tomato preserve is Spicy Tomato Relish. It takes almost four hours to make but it is worth the effort. My recipe can be downloaded here: Spicy Tomato Relish Recipe

Garden Work, Summer, Summer Gardening, Uncategorized

Summer is here!


  • Set up Christmas garden lights and decorations
  • Weeding
  • Fertilise plants
  • Dead head flowers
  • Prune and shape hedge plants
  • Tidy old bulbs (do not cut off dead growth – it feeds the bulbs – just tie it up or hide amongst other plants)


  • Salad Vegetables: Asian Greens, Lettuce, Endive, Salad Greens, Silver Beet
  • Root Vegetables: Beetroot, Carrots, Parsnips
  • Brassicas: Broccoli, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Mustard
  • Mediterranean Vegetables: Capsicum, Chilli, Tomatoes, Eggplants
  • Gourds and assorted: Pumpkins, Squash, Zucchini, Corn, Cucumber


  • Lettuce
  • Asian Greens
  • Tomatoes
  • Zucchinis
  • Eggplants
  • Potatoes
  • Stone Fruit