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Home Made Yacon Syrup

Nicola Bludau yacon syrup

Home Made Yacon Syrup

My Yacon harvest Since yacon syrup is very expensive - you would pay between $20 and $ 30 for a small 250 ml jar - I thought why not make some yacon syrup myself, who could eat all that yacon anyway? This is the harvest from two, rather untended beds, roughly three metres long. I planted them in autumn because I did not want to store the crowns. The beds were unmulched and I guess the frost killed quite some of the crowns. This is NOT the method commonly described in gardening books. I harvest my tubers when the frost...

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Mountainherbs at Lyttleton Stores

Nicola Bludau my plants at Lyttleton stores

Mountainherbs at Lyttleton Stores

Here's my plant selection at Lyttleton stores, Lawson (it's a winter selection there will be MUCH more in spring): They have a great selection of local produce, organic food, real artisan bread and more. There is a great range of workshops too about herbs, growing food, preserving and more. Have a look at their website: http://www.lyttletonstores.com.au/  

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Ending the Toxic, Costly and Unnecessary War on Invasive Plants. Now.

Nicola Bludau war on invasives

Ending the Toxic, Costly and Unnecessary War on Invasive Plants. Now.

I did not write that it is a series of articles written by Danielle Prohom Olson in her blog about wild food and magical cookery. The articles are a good overview on the critique of the war on ivasive plants. Here are the links: https://gathervictoria.com/2015/09/19/ending-the-toxic-costly-and-unnecessary-war-on-invasive-plants-now/ https://gathervictoria.com/2015/09/21/ending-the-toxic-costly-and-unecessary-war-on-invasive-plants-friend-or-foe/ https://gathervictoria.com/2015/09/23/ending-the-toxic-costly-and-unnecessary-war-on-invasive-plants-what-is-pristine-anyway/ https://gathervictoria.com/2015/09/28/ending-the-toxic-costly-and-unnecessary-war-on-invasive-plants-who-does-the-war-serve/      

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More about mints: Hierba buena or yerba Buena

Nicola Bludau hierba buena yerba buena

More about mints: Hierba buena or yerba Buena

The most important herb for Spanish speaking nations: Spanish speaking people rave about hierba Buena, not matter where they come from: from Spain Cuba, Peru even North America, hierba Buena seems to be the one medicinal herb everyone knows. The funny thing about it: in every country or even region hierba Buena referres to a different plant, sometimes it is not even the same species! It's mostly about mints: In most cases the herb hierbabuena refers to mentha spicata (syn. M. arvensis) or  the common Spearmint or mentha verde shown in the picture left. The name hierba buena is used...

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News and Updates

Nicola Bludau news and updates

News and Updates

We have been busy, very busy and still are but things are slowing down somewhat and the first frost shows in the morning. Mt Tomah in beautiful autumn colours. Katoomaba Garden Gallery: I stop selling at the Coop because my plants are now available at the new Katoomba Garden Gallery around the corner in Pioneer Place next to 'Baker's Delight' were the old Katoomba nursery was. Sally reopened the place and although it still looks a bit unfinnished, come spring there will be a mixture of perennial plants, herbs, succulents, vegetable seedlings antiques and garden art. Katoomba Garden Gallery is...

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