Archive for December 9th, 2001


My favourite way to cook zucchini is in a small saucepan with butter and thyme. Towards the end of their fruiting life, I leave one or two zucchinis per plant to grow into a huge marrow. These are great stuffed with chilli-flavoured mince and topped with grated cheese.

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It pays to have plenty of bees around the yard to pollinate your zucchini flowers. Sunflowers are especially good at attracting them. If a female zucchini flower doesn’t get pollinated properly, it won’t form a proper fruit and will end up looking like this:

10 Dec 2001

You can tell male and female zucchini flowers apart by looking at the centre. The flower on the left is a female, the one on the right is male:

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13 Dec 2001: Picked 3 more zucchinis.

12 Dec 2001: Picked 2 more zucchinis today. They’re starting to pile up in the fridge – if you know any good zucchini recipes, email me!

10 Dec 2001: Picked 1 zucchini.

9 Dec 2001: Picked 4 zucchinis today.

Early Nov 2001: Planted zucchini seedlings from punnets.

December 9th, 2001

Lettuce ‘Tuscan Salad Mix’

There were four types of lettuce in the punnet -?La Roma Green, endive, radicchio and La Roma Red. The photos below are in that order (thanks to Luc Dedeene from for helping me figure that out!).

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Floriana (seedlings)

Lettuce ‘Tuscan Salad Mix’. A mix of La Roma Red, La Roma Green, Radicchio and spidery endive for a perfect salad blend which may be picked leaf by leaf. Suitable for containers.

Lettuce prefer a well drained, friable soil and should be protected from snails.

Position: Sunny to lightly shaded.

Plant: 25-30cm apart.

Planting Time: All year round.

Maturity: 6-8 weeks.

Uses: Salads (radicchio can also be?barbequed).

6 Dec 2001: Maryanne bought this punnet of mixed lettuce seedlings, but then didn’t have anywhere suitable to plant them out. After sitting on her garden bench for a few weeks, I planted them in our garden for her.

December 9th, 2001

Beneficial Creatures

The more beneficial creatures you can get to take up residence in your back yard, the less work you have to do to keep garden pests under control.


Lizards clean up slugs, snails and other bugs. All they seem to want in return is a log or rock to live under and a pond or a few shallow containers of water left around the yard. Don’t use snail pellets if you’ve got lizards in your yard – they’ll die if they eat a poisoned snail.

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Despite their sissy name and girly looks, lady beetles are actually ferocious insectivores. They especially love sucking the juices out of aphids and mites. The fellow below didn’t cause that leaf damage – he’s eating the bugs that did!

Bees make sure all the flowers get pollinated properly.

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