How To Keep Kitchen Herbs Alive

Having fresh herbs in your kitchen is truly one of life’s pleasures in my books. There’s something about having that pop of green on the kitchen bench, and the ease of garnishing or adding flavour to your cooking is so great. But growing herbs indoors can be a little tricky, and if you’ve tried before,…

How To Plan Your Own Vegetable Garden

I love that the garden is heading back towards its roots (pun intended) of being a practical place, where even in urban spaces, our little patches of dirt can be transformed into a bountiful plot of vegetables, herbs, and flowers. Providing a sustainable haven for insects and other wildlife, but also nourishing our bodies and…

Egg Shells and Slugs

The problem with growing vegetables, is that we humans aren’t the only creatures that thinks the veggies are tasty. Unfortunately one of the creatures that often frequents my garden is the slimy, old slug. I don’t know about you, but I like to avoid using chemicals and nasty things in my garden if I can….

Growing Vegetables from Seeds

Growing vegetables from seeds is a super cost effective, and rewarding way to create your own garden. You have full control, right from the get go, of how your plants are nurtured. And it is so fun to watch your little guys start to sprout. It can be intimidating growing plants from seeds, but it…

Composting

Composting the garden is something that all gardeners do at some stage. however, making your own compost is something that many people steer clear of. Not because it is difficult or hard to do, but more that it takes patience and a little bit of a recipe. Composting is such a key part of gardening….

Why you should love basil! (and preserving pesto)

I love basil. And I grew a lot of basil over summer. And when I say a lot, I mean I had six huge basil plants growing. I love basil on pizza, in pasta, with sun-dried tomatoes, and I definitely LOVE basil pesto! I love it on crackers, on pasta, with chicken, and in pastry…

Capsi-YUM (growing capsicums)

Capsicums are delicious, crispy, juicy, sweet and oh so versatile. You can have them in salads, you can stuff them, roast them, have them on pizza. They add amazing flavor, and texture to whatever dish they are in. And the best part about capsicums, is that they are actually really simple to grow. I used…

Growing Swiss Chard or Silverbeet

Swiss Chard. Silverbeet. Tomaytoe. Tamato. Same thing. Different name. But no matter what you call it, there is no doubt that this beautiful green leafy plant is so delicious, and so easy to grow. My Good Old Fashioned Swiss Chard and  also the Bright lights variety! And here at The Cottage Veggie Garden, I will…

ANTS ON MY CORN

AHHHHHHH!!! I hate ants. Seriously. I hate them. Yuck. They get on you and crawl around really fast. UGH! And guess what. My corn has ants. What the?! WARNING! GROSS PICTURE BELOW! It looks like they’ve laid eggs and they’re just all over it! Has anyone else had this before?? I did some reading on…

What is on my leaves?! Powdery Mildew! Yuck!

Yucky, yucky, yucky. Powdery mildew. Yucky. What is it you ask? It’s a fungal disease, that typically begins on squash or courgette plants, but that no plant is immune to. So bearing that in mind, it’s useful to know how to treat it! As even the best gardener may have a powdery mildew attack. How…