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…
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!
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
The following post is adapted from a workshop given at the Green Renters Expo in association with the City of Yarra, May 17th, 2011 I was challenged by my friends at Green Renters to put together a short talk about food gardening for people with limited access to an established garden. Trying to squeeze in … Continue reading I beg your pardon, I never promised you a rose garden
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
Someone asked me the other day if they could eat Broccolini leaves. They wanted to use them in a recipe, some kind of quiche-like tart which called for Kale to add some greenery. The answer was "Of course you can, they are the same thing". Because ultimately, they are the same plant species. In south-western … Continue reading The way things are goin’, they’re gonna crucifer me
Everyone knows what Artichokes look like, right? Of course. They come in a jar marinated in oil and vinegar and garlic. If you look at my planting calendar you will see that in many parts of the country it's the time of year for planting Artichokes, it's also time to plant a couple of other … Continue reading I started a choke, that started the whole world laughing