Category: gardening

Orange cordial

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Making cordials at home is almost a lost art but creating your own refreshing blend is surprisingly easy.

It’s certainly the time of year for citrus here in the Wet Tropics and I think everyone would agree it has been a bumper crop.

Every tree I see, whether it be orange, mandarin, lemon, lime, grapefruit or lemonade, is dripping with fruit.

With such a bounty, it’s hard to ensure as little as possible goes to waste. . .

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Homegrown basil pesto

Homegrown basil pesto

Once you’ve tasted the flavour of homegrown basil pesto, you’ll never buy the bland, mass-produced supermarket stuff again.

Sweet basil is one of the few Mediterranean-style herbs that grow well in the tropics and using it to make traditional Italian pesto is a fantastic way to enjoy its spicy flavour.

Basil is one herb you just have to grow in your garden.

In Northern Australia, very few European herbs can be grown in the ground. Most only just manage to survive in a pot through the cooler months.

Basil is an exception.

It grows vigorously and as long as you can keep the grasshoppers and grubs away from it, bountiful crops are pretty much guaranteed . . .

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