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  • Garden Diary Week 23: first bigger harvest

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    What started in May, continued in June. Showers and rain are now becoming a pretty normal daily schedule. We already got 50mm of rain past couple of days, and it seems this June will also be stormy. I’m almost sure…

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  • Krpice sa zeljem (Pasta with cabbages)

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    “Krpice sa zeljem” have been an every-week meal in many North Croatian houses for decades. Originally, it was made with thick pasta and cabbages. The simple ingredients made this meal cheap and available for many poor farmer families. In richer…

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  • Nicotiana alata – Flowering tobacco (Jasmine tobacco)
    Nicotiana alata – Flowering tobacco (Jasmine tobacco)

    If you want a flowering tall plant that will smell deliciously in the evening then Nicotiana alata is your plant. This delicate perennial/annual plant will fill the garden with delicate flowers, and attract lots of butterflies and bees. Nicotiana alata…


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