They mustard done this before…

I was in the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne over the weekend and spotted this under-planting of Mustard (Brassica juncea) in their species rose garden. I am not exactly sure why they have planted the mustard here. I am not a huge believer in "companion planting" which is the idea that certain plants somehow influence each … Continue reading They mustard done this before…

I feel the need: The need for seed!

Okay, we're well on the way to the middle of spring, and it's time to plant pretty much everything you might want to grow in the garden. I love this time of year, spring blossoms on the trees herald the beginnings of delicious stone fruits, and Apple and Pear blossoms are not far behind. But … Continue reading I feel the need: The need for seed!

Gloves will tear us apart

I try to propagate my own plants as much as I can. It's usually cheaper than buying plants and it's endlessly fascinating to watch the plants develop from seed or cuttings, or watch a grafted bud shoot away in the spring. But for whatever reason, it's not always possible, and we do sometimes have to … Continue reading Gloves will tear us apart

Growing the seeds of stuff

So much of what is written about growing food is based on commercial information. The methods of broadscale monocultures are scaled down to home gardens, based on the experience and research of commercial food production. But this may not be the best way to go about growing things in a local home garden. Fruit trees … Continue reading Growing the seeds of stuff