Okay, so you want to get digging, the time is right for planting and you are desperate to get your hands dirty. But you just don't know where to start. The first thing to do is make a list of what you need before you even begin any work. I am going to show you … Continue reading Wanna be startin’ somethin’ : 10 steps to get planting in a day
I bought some plants by mail order the other day and they arrived, carefully wrapped, and each sitting in their own individual grow bag, and seem to have survived the journey okay. I have no idea where I will plant them, these babies are Bunya "pines" or Araucaria bidwillii, that will grow gigantic cones sometimes … Continue reading Lookin’ for some pot stuff
Last week I installed a window garden/orchard for (f)routeland travel bureau in the Docklands in Melbourne with financial support from the City of Melbourne through Green Renters. The city is keen to see alternative uses for the underused spaces at Docklands, and encourage city residents and businesses to garden in whatever space is available. Perhaps … Continue reading You can grow your own way
Many of you have probably never heard of HR 933, but it has been the cause of a lot of consternation among farmers, environmentalists and people with a vested interest in food and where it comes from. HR 933: (Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2013) is a bill that passed through the US house … Continue reading Monsanto clause is coming to town?
People love to garden for a multitude of reasons. Sure it gives an excuse to visit the hardware store and the local nurseries, and pinch bits of plants from neighbours' gardens. But also it gives us a reason to be outside; we love to feel the sun on our backs and the warm soil between … Continue reading Natural’s not in it.
There are a lot of problems with industrialised farming; over-use of chemicals, unsustainable reliance on mined or manufactured fertiliser, habitat destruction and soil erosion. This is to name just a few of the most serious issues facing food producers. There are at least as many solutions offered by proponents of alternative methods of farming, and … Continue reading This Farming Man
The Royal Botanic Gardens in Melbourne was established in the 19th century in part as a proving ground for plants from other parts of the world to evaluate how well they would respond to local conditions in Victoria. Since opening in 1846, the predominantly English garden tradition that shaped the early planting in the garden … Continue reading They built this garden for us!