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Ask most baby boomers or gen xers about chokos, and they’ll scrunch up their face, questioning why you would ever grow such vile fruit.

Most gen y’ers would only think of them as that thing maccas used to put in their apple pies before they actually put apples.

But Linda Woodrow in “A Permaculture Home Gardener” assures me that the young fruit are actually a completely different vegetable. And for the dollar or two it took to buy one from the supermarket and wait for it to sprout, I’m willing to take that chance.

It’s the most super simple thing ever.

1. buy a choko. I got mine from the local woolies.

2. leave it to shoot. seriously, it will.

3. plant it.

rocket science, right?

So far it’s gone from this:

to this:

Woodrow says that it needs a hard pruning in late autumn, then hopefully it should come back strong in the summer! And I guess we’ll really find out what chokos actually taste like!


I’ve had my first positive insect experience this summer.

Anyone in Sydney can tell you, it’s been a very wet summer, which has had it’s downfall for the veggies – most of our zucchini got mildew.
I attempted to fix this by making a milk spray, but it obviously wasn’t strong enough as it didn’t work.

However instead it attracted a whole heap of mildew eating ladybeetles!

We also had a lot of other insects. The snails went nuts with our cabbages, and in an even more strange twist they were also all over the tansy! I thought tansy was supposed to ward off insects!!!

The veggie beds have been going strong, lots of zucchinis and tomatoes.

I just ordered online at Daley’s Nursery for miracle fruit tree – sounds magical, I know. What’s the miracle you ask?

When you eat the fruit, your tastebuds get altered for the next couple of hours, and everything you eat tastes sweet. Can’t wait to try it out.

They’re (already) sold out again, but you can get an email next time they’re available, and try it out for yourself.



I’ve been doing a little science project. In Australia, there is a quarantine zone, which means you can’t ship banana plants outside it. However you can ship embryos. And that’s exactly what Backyard Bananas did for me. They sent through very detailed instructions on what to do to help them grow into strong plants. And two weeks after planting them out, they’re still going. They’re in my greenhouse and I’ve been using eco c weed and eco aminogro to give them the best organic chance possible.

Let’s hope they keep going.


One of my biggest gardening influences, my grandparents have an awesome garden.

What i think it most interesting about australian gardens is the way we mix the plants with such reckless abandon, one plant from japan, next to one from the uk, all underneath our native gums. It’s quite a metaphor for Australia, don’t you think?

Anyway, my grandparents have a mostly native garden, only a tiny patch of lawn, and quite a small (albeit productive) veggie patch. Gramps is constantly improving, updating, and always keeps it looking good.

ok, so there were a few things we managed to grow this winter.

We planted watercress & re-planted the self seeded nasturtiums around the pond, and have had mustard come up like crazy, which means we actually have salad greens. Quite a few times we can just go into the garden to get the base of a salad. high five!

We’ve also had a couple of snow peas, but unfortunately the bok choy bolted too quickly. I’ve seen a lot in the shops like that too – i’m guessing it just wasn’t the right conditions for them this year.

We also put in two proper veggie beds. Fingers crossed we get some really nice produce from them!