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
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