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.
Oh dear, where did this year go? Where did this month go? I thought I should put something up today as Consumas day is fast approaching, quickly to be followed by the end of the year. This may be my last chance to get my stats up for the year! Only kidding, there are a … Continue reading Local and/or General
Some of you may know that I am a lecturer in horticulture at the Burnley College campus of the University of Melbourne. Well, this Sunday you can come and see where I am lucky enough to have an office. The whole campus is open to the public between 10am and 3pm. If you have just … Continue reading Shameless self promotion post #1: Burnley Open Day
...we all want to save the world. Though it appears according to some research that the so-called 'Green revolution' of the twentieth century has already done just that. According to some analyses, the use of chemical fertilisers, pesticides, and scientifically derived crop seeds has prevented a disaster which would have caused widespread famine, starvation and … Continue reading You say you want green revolution, well, you know
Today I will take a break from the home garden and look briefly at a larger issue, just because it has been on my mind lately. No matter how large your garden, nor how good a gardener you are, there's no way you can grow all your own food requirements. That's not even considering the … Continue reading The good oil: palming off the problem