Can Ladybirds be Pests?

Can ladybirds be pests? Those cute little ladybird beetles and their spiky larvae, are in almost all cases, great to [...]

Should You Mulch?

There are times when you should with hold mulching. But...do you find you are always watering your vegie patch or [...]

Powdery Mildew Prevention

Powdery Mildew is so common in our summer gardens. It’s a real pest for gardeners, appearing as fine dustings of [...]

A Garden of Giants

I love the sensual pleasures of a garden. Fragrance, colour, silky smooth petals, and the sheer unadulterated pleasure of just [...]

Edible Flowers & Vegies to Grow in March

I’m still feeling positive so have just put in some sunflower seedlings. I’m hoping the dwarf plants will give a [...]

The Melbourne Flower & Garden Show 2018

The Melbourne Flower and Garden Show was on at the Exhibition Buildings  from Wednesday 21 March 2018. I was invited to speak [...]

How to Grow the Best Organic Bananas

When we lived in Ballarat, my mum-in-law returned from a Queensland holiday with family, raving about how wonderful it was [...]

Culinary Ginger- How to grow it, & my favourite recipes for it.

Growing Ginger - How to grow ginger easily and successfully & my favourite ginger recipes Culinary Ginger: Zingiber officinalis If [...]

Don’t Grow Anything in Summer (Ha! Just kidding)

What to grow when you’re told you can’t grow a thing! I know things can get tough in the garden [...]

A Daylily a Day

I’ve been sharing the wonders of edible flowers for ages now. First when teaching at TAFE, then at Ecobotanica classes [...]

Playing Favourites

Do you have a favourite plant? A plant/tree/flower that you would not be without in a garden? I have a [...]

Growing Food in Shady Gardens

"Is it possible to grow food in a shady garden?” I'm often asked when doing a garden consultation, to suggest [...]

Flowers to Eat & Grow in June/July

In June and July, many of our gardens can look a little drab and sad. Don’t feel you have to [...]

Are Your Citrus Fruit Brown?

Do your citrus fruits have brown skin? It’s a common problem with citrus and is called Citrus Melanose. Citrus melanose [...]

Espalier fruit- Flat out and fabulous

Would you like fruit trees but just can’t find the space on your balcony or in your gardent? There may [...]

A story of an anxious child

Let me tell you a little story. It’s about a regular family. The dad is a great young man. He [...]

Increasing Summer Productivity

I just love the riotous productivity of a summer vegie garden, though I must admit it can be hard to […]

Creating an Organic Home Orchard

Creating an Organic Home Orchard Growing your own food is very popular at the moment, and rightly so. Growing fruit trees […]

Growing with Acid Soils

Growing with Acid Soils All soils can be measured for acidity or alkalinity using a simple pH test kit. This […]

YUK! Latest Research on Toxins in Fruit and Vegies

YUK! Latest Research on Toxins in Fruit and Vegies

How to Grow the Best Carrots

How to Grow the Best Carrots

A wise gardener – Growing leeks and onions

A wise gardener – Growing leeks & onions I believe The Self Sufficient Gardener has been reprinted fairly recently and […]

Growing and eating Yakon

Yakon/Peruvian Ground Apple Botanical name: Polymnia sonchifolia

Terrific turmeric

How to Grow Terrific Turmeric

Growing Chinese Keys or Kra chai

Growing Chinese Keys or Kra chai Chinese Keys/Kra chai/Temu kunci/Lesser galangal Botanical name: Boesenbergia rotunda Although it sounds like it […]

Growing Your Own Chia

Growing Chia from Seed

Reducing Plant Stress & How to Grow Better Coriander

Reducing Plant Stress & How to Grow Better Coriander Here are my top tips 1.       Keep the water up to […]

Are You Eating the Right Foraged Herb?

Are You Eating the Right Foraged Herb? Dandelions are an edible forage herb, renowned as a herbal tonic for liver […]

Plants to Grow for Chooks

Plants to Grow for Chooks

Small Space gardens

Small Space gardens

Soil Organic Matter – Can You have too much?

Soil Organic Matter – Can You have too much?

5 mistakes vegie gardeners make in winter

5 mistakes vegie gardeners make in winter

Going Organic- Why would you bother?

Choosing organic-Why would you bother? We are surrounded by a wash of harmful chemicals, so why add more to our […]

My Favourite Edibles for September Planting

My Favourite Edibles for September Planting Coriander Yes, it can be tricky to grow as it often runs to flower […]

Problems with setting fruit.

Problems with setting fruit. Fruit that fails to mature, that drops off when very young or that just fails to […]

Heirloom Vegetables from Seed

Heirloom Vegetables from Seed Ancient seed families Many heirloom varieties have survived hundreds and even thousands of years, like the [...]

Rats in the Compost?

Rats in the Compost? Tip 1 - When purchasing a compost bin, choose a big one with a firm fitting [...]

Lawn Grub Killers Kill More

Lawn Grub Killers Kill More Lawn grubs could be one of several types of caterpillar. But, generally they look brown [...]

Are ants on Citrus trees OK?

Are ants on Citrus trees OK? Is your citrus tree looking ok? I often visit gardeners with citrus and they [...]

Harvesting the Healthiest Vegetables

Harvesting the Healthiest Vegetables Treat your soil as if you would eat it After all, the soil feeds our plants, [...]

Small trees for suburban gardens

Small trees for suburban gardens Let’s start by looking outside the box. Consider that many medium sized shrubs can be […]

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