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  • coffeeheader1

    Coffee: from tree to cup

    Coffee is the one plant I have been the most successful at growing. This is surprising, given that I live in a temperate climate. My growing coffee obsession began in Costa Rica, where I successfully…

    20 January 2016
  • cacti

    My exotic cactus collection

    Ever since I discovered that you can legally grow San Pedro and Peyote cacti in Australia, I set out immediately to start my cactus collection. I didn’t want to buy these plants for ingestion…

    9 October 2015
  • avocado

    The avocado thing

    Over the course of my 25 years, I have encountered many failed attempts of growing an avocado plant from its pit. I had had enough. I wanted an avocado tree! Although I was well…

    4 August 2012
  • coffeeplants

    Growing coffee

    Keeping on the subject of making things from scratch, one day I picked a coffee “cherry” from a nearby tree and decided I would try to sprout a plant from it. No luck. A…

    29 November 2011