Wanna be startin’ somethin’ : 10 steps to get planting in a day

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

Shameless self promotion post #1: Burnley Open Day

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

Mulch ado about… anything

Mulch, mulch, mulch they tell you. Mulching your garden can reduce watering, stop weeds, improve soil, achieve global nuclear disarmament, prevent racial vilification, and lower crime rates. Okay, some people get a little carried away, but there are some really good reasons for mulching garden beds, and even plants in containers, and I will explain … Continue reading Mulch ado about… anything

Where to put the new garden

So you have ripped out all the old "ornamental" plants in a garden bed, and intend to replace them with delicious edible fruits and vegetables. But cool your boots, would-be gardener: have you done a site assessment yet? A wha? A site assessment. Okay, you've already identified the plants on site (and for the purposes … Continue reading Where to put the new garden