Winter Vegetables to Thrive in Australian Gardens
Winter is often associated with dormant gardens and a scarcity of fresh produce. However, in Australia, the colder months offer ample opportunities to grow a variety of delicious and nutritious vegetables. With some careful planning and suitable vegetable choices, your garden can flourish throughout the winter season. In this article, we will explore a selection of vegetables that thrive in Australian winter conditions, allowing you to enjoy a bountiful harvest even during the coldest months.
Kale is a superfood packed with vitamins and minerals, making it an ideal choice for winter cultivation. This leafy green vegetable thrives in cool weather and can endure frosty conditions. Plant kale in well-drained soil and provide it with regular watering to keep the soil moist. With its rich flavor and versatility in cooking, kale is a fantastic addition to your winter garden.
Brussels sprouts are a popular winter vegetable that thrives in Australian climates. These small, cabbage-like heads develop best during the cooler months. Plant them in a sunny spot with fertile soil, ensuring they receive sufficient moisture. As Brussels sprouts take some time to mature, it is best to sow them during early autumn for a winter harvest.
Broccoli is another winter vegetable that can withstand cold temperatures. With its dense, green florets, it adds a vibrant touch to your garden. Broccoli prefers fertile soil, ample sunlight, and regular watering. Start sowing seeds in late summer or early autumn to enjoy a harvest in winter. Regularly remove any side shoots to encourage larger central heads.
Spinach is a versatile leafy vegetable that thrives in cooler climates. It is rich in nutrients and can be enjoyed raw in salads or cooked in various dishes. Plant spinach in well-drained soil, and provide it with regular watering. Consider using row covers or cloches to protect the plants during extreme cold spells.
Carrots are a root vegetable that can be grown throughout the year, including winter. They require loose, well-drained soil to prevent rotting. Sow carrot seeds directly into the ground and ensure consistent moisture during germination. Winter carrots tend to be sweeter due to the conversion of starches into sugars in the cooler weather.
Winter gardening in Australia offers a unique opportunity to cultivate a diverse range of vegetables. Kale, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, spinach, and carrots are just a few examples of the vegetables that thrive in cooler temperatures. By selecting the right varieties and providing the necessary care, you can enjoy a fruitful winter harvest, providing your family with fresh and nutritious produce straight from your garden. So, don't let the colder months deter you from pursuing your green thumb—get out there and start planting your winter vegetable garden today!
My Personal Information – I have Nothing to hide.
Threat actor: Malicious person who acts in malice.
I casually asked a friend two generations (in terms of age) above me what if her sensitive personal information is leaked to the public?
Her response was, “I have nothing to hide, and I don’t think people can make use of my information much.”
This is the usual response that we heard and many innocently fall for this.
However, the new wave of hacking is not about hacking the computer network anymore. The new wave of hacking is about utilising what the threat-actor knows about a person and execute its plan to gain control or access to victims' private accounts or computers. The primary motivation for this kind of attack is usually the money.
Have you ever received an email or SMS from someone that you know, but it is actually a threat actor camouflaging as someone you know?
I will give you an example. Let us say you have an email account with Email.me (not actual company). From some data leaks somewhere, the threat actor now knows your email address and phone number. Looks like harmless piece of information.
Now, if I go to Email.me and I click on forgot password, the muti-factor authentication will kick in. There are variations of way how the Email.me can authenticate you but we just stick with this common ones.
But for the sake of this example, let us say in order to reset the password, it will send a 6-digit number to the person’s mobile phone. Email.me may obscure some numbers and only reveal the last 3 digits.
That is fine for the threat actor. He/she already has the whole phone number from the data leaks. Now, she just needs to key that in.
But before the threat actor punch in the phone number and the system sends the victim the 6-digit code, the threat actor will send the following SMS by spoofing:
We noticed strange behaviour on your account. Please reply to this SMS with the 6-digit onetime pass we have sent you in order to verify your identity.
Then, the threat actor key in the number and Email.me system sends the 6-digit one time pass to the victim’s phone. If the victim is not being careful, the victim will then send the legit 6-digit one time pass to the scam SMS.
Many victims may not fall for this, but some will. This probability is good enough for the threat actor.
This is how a threat actor can make do with data leak of just your email and phone number. Imagine if the data leaks consist of other sensitive personal information like your pension number, medicard number, Bank accounts or your health record.
Therefore, do not think that it is fine for your personal and sensitive personal information to be available for public view. The least we should do is to safeguard our data from the preying eyes of hackers and scammers.
The Benefits of Building Your own Computer System
Computer nowadays comes in different sizes. With advancement of mobile devices, some of these mobile devices are on par with full size computer. However, there are still advantage of building your own computer system
1. You able to choose your hardware
Yes, this is one of the advantage. You will able to mix and match your own hardware rather than what manufacturer think is good for you (Yes, I am looking at you Apple).
2. Broken part can be replaced easily
Hey if something broken, it is an easy fix. You can get the second hand hardware or you can buy a new one! Then just swap the broken part with the new ones.
3. You will able to fit the latest technology
Technology changes quite regularly and something you bought last year may well be out-dated now. With building your own computer, you will be able to be on the ball of the new hardware technology. So, you want loose to your mates again!