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

Planting List: June

I know it seems a little bleak in the garden at the moment. Not much is growing, and with the shorter days, the survivors don't grow much. But rest assured, in three weeks we will pass the shortest day of the year in our great southern land, the days will get longer, and the garden … Continue reading Planting List: June

Sex, flies & adhesive tape: saving seeds

Now that summer is in full effect, and we're exactly halfway to autumn according to the calendar, it's time to start thinking about harvest. Hopefully you have been harvesting already from your garden, if you're organised enough. Tomatoes, Lettuce, Cucumbers, salad greens, Broccoli, Cabbages, green Capsicum, Chillies, even Eggplant if you got them in early … Continue reading Sex, flies & adhesive tape: saving seeds

Intercropping: Saving space and time

Tokes asked: I have 12 tomato plants growing happily in two rows. There is a lot of wasted space underneath them. What would you recommend I grow in the unused space, would lettuces be a good companion? It's an interesting question, and deserves a considered and carefully though out answer. But it's Friday and I … Continue reading Intercropping: Saving space and time

Planting List: November

Yet another month where you can get away with planting pretty much everything. Usually in November we get a lot of rain, but this year, Ra has decided to visit early and in Melbourne we have had a week of unseasonally hot weather, the longest recorded in November since the 1920s. So any planting may … Continue reading Planting List: November

Tomatoes: Apples of love, apples of gold

The Tomato (Lycopersicum esculentum) is the most home-grown vegetable in the world. As spring approaches, excited gardeners pore over seed catalogues, or pull out their own saved seeds from their best plant of the last season. There is, in Australia, some degree of competitiveness in producing fruits before Christmas, and many gardeners will start their … Continue reading Tomatoes: Apples of love, apples of gold