Good Food - Owen Pidgeon

Owen Pidgeon

Owen Pidgeon writes a weekly gardening column for Canberra's Food and Wine magazine.

Owen Pidgeon is an orchardist and runs the Loriendale Organic Orchard near Hall.

Spoil your soil, reap the benefits

THE KEY INGREDIENT: Organic matter is the lifeblood for living creatures in the soil.

Now is the time to feed the earth as mid-winter tightens its grip on your garden soil.

Cook | Owen Pidgeon | Wed Jul 30 00:15:00 EST 2014

How to smoke meat with apple wood offcuts

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Once you've pruned the likes of apple trees, use the timber offcuts for wonderful woodsmoking, writes Owen Pidgeon.

Food News | Owen Pidgeon | Tue Jul 15 11:21:19 EST 2014

Fines herbes for planting in Canberra's winter

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Fines herbes have been used by French chefs over the centuries to enhance the flavour - and rightly so.

Food News | Owen Pidgeon | Mon Jul 07 17:25:00 EST 2014

Growing spinach has strong appeal in Canberra's winter

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Spinach is one vegetable that can grow well in our harsh winter and is very healthy eating, writes Owen Pidgeon.

Food News | Owen Pidgeon | Mon Jun 30 14:15:26 EST 2014

Secrets of growing kiwifruit in Canberra

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Kiwifruit vines can be grown in our region with a little care and protection, writes Owen Pidgeon.

Food News | Owen Pidgeon | Mon Jun 23 17:39:02 EST 2014

How to grow kale and cook kale chips

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This vegetable is highly nutritious, fun to grow and can be harvested throughout winter, writes Owen Pidgeon.

Food News | Owen Pidgeon | Mon Jun 16 17:01:41 EST 2014

Selecting pome fruit trees for Canberra

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Owen Pidgeon offers advice on the best varieties of apples, pears and quinces for the ACT region.

Food News | Owen Pidgeon | Mon Jun 02 13:05:42 EST 2014

Planting fruit trees in Canberra region

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Winter is the best time to start planning your fruit tree planting, but beware poor drainage, writes Owen Pidgeon.

Food News | Owen Pidgeon | Mon May 26 15:35:47 EST 2014

Granny Smith descendant visits Canberra

Granny Smith apple.

Despite the rise of other varieties, Granny Smith apples still hold universal appeal.

Food News | Owen Pidgeon | Mon May 19 13:52:33 EST 2014

Growing citrus in Canberra for winter harvest

Owen Pidgeon reveals the juicy secrets of nurturing a bountiful citrus crop.

Food News | Owen Pidgeon | Wed May 14 11:43:22 EST 2014

Growing pecans in Canberra isn't nutty

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This variety of nut has been growing in Australia for more than 150 years and is worth the effort locally.

Cook | Owen Pidgeon | Wed May 14 03:00:00 EST 2014

Olive harvest a time to plant

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If you dream of producing your own olive oil, remember that it takes at least 5 kilograms of olives to make a litre.

Cook | Owen Pidgeon | Wed May 07 03:00:00 EST 2014

Secrets of growing onions in Canberra

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Growing your onions from seed is a rewarding gardening experience.

Food News | Owen Pidgeon | Wed Apr 30 03:00:00 EST 2014

Plant garlic now for summer bounty

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Garlic varieties fall into two families, the soft-neck and the hard-neck varieties.

Food News | Owen Pidgeon | Wed Apr 23 03:00:00 EST 2014

Herb of freedom and promise

There are several herbs that can be planted now and grown through the winter, writes Owen Pidegon.

Good Food | Owen Pidgeon | Wed Apr 16 03:00:00 EST 2014

Beurre bosc pears are simply sweet

Beurre boscs are sometimes referred to as the ''aristocrats among pears'' and are great for desserts.

Cook | Owen Pidgeon | Wed Apr 09 03:00:00 EST 2014

Hardy quince truly versatile

One of the advantages in growing a quince tree is that it is self-fertile, writes Owen Pidgeon

Good Food | Owen Pidgeon | Wed Apr 02 03:00:00 EST 2014

The little apple has a big story

The apple can be eaten fresh, cooked, baked, dried and turned into juice and cider, writes Owen Pidgeon.

Good Food | Owen Pidgeon | Wed Mar 26 03:00:00 EST 2014

Fig for a king

The noble fig has a long and distinguished history on the other side of the world, writes Owen Pidgeon.

Good Food | Owen Pidgeon | Wed Mar 19 00:03:22 EST 2014

Name dropping

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Autumn has arrived when the Williams pear is ready to harvest, writes Owen Pidgeon.

Good Food | Owen Pidgeon | Wed Mar 12 03:00:00 EST 2014