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
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 like growing weird things. Things you don't see in the grocer, or only very rarely. Why? Because when things are in season in the garden, they are at their cheapest in the shops, generally speaking. So to make the most of a garden plot, it's best to use it to produce things you can't … Continue reading They came from beneath the earth!
According to my own poll from late last year, among the top five plants grown by readers of this blog were herbs. In order of preference, Basil, Parsley, Rosemary and Mint. Also in the top ten were Oregano and Thyme. And Chilli, but that's a spice, not a herb. Though it may sometimes be regarded … Continue reading Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme: Growing Herbs at home
Yeah, it's been coming down in torrents in Melbourne. Our dams are back up to half full, and for some reason, under Stage 2 water restrictions, we can water whenever we want, subject to certain conditions. Which, on the one hand is a good thing for us gardeners, but on the other, doesn't seem like … Continue reading Nothin’ lasts forever, even cold November rain
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
Before people came along, plants were able to grow, flower and produce seeds that would drop on the ground. They evolved mechanisms to stop them germinating at bad times of year when growing conditions were poor. They developed germination inhibitors, chemical and physical, in order that they wouldn't begin growing before winter, for example, when … Continue reading You may not have a greenhouse, but is a fridge too far?