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Spring 2020

A pause and a breath. What a year. Not a lot has gone according to plan. But as usual, back to the garden for respite, relief, restoration and renewal. What to do in the garden this spring

Posted in permaculture design

May in Adelaide

What a wonderful soaking we have had! About 80mm at our place over two big rains in the past week. How are your tanks looking? Don’t have any tanks? How about digging a few swales to catch rain this winter … Continue reading

Posted in autumn, community, Food, maintenance, seedlings, seeds, vegetables

Garden Buddies

Do you ever find yourself mentoring someone a bit newer to gardening? Or wishing that you had someone to do this for you? When we started front-yard food gardening about 12 years ago, we quickly learned to allow a bit … Continue reading

Posted in books, community, hanging out in the garden

A very peaceful Easter

Happy Easter, Adelaide. It’s a strange one, I know, without camping and all the gatherings that usually go on, but maybe a time to reshape (not lose) some of the rituals that mark our seasons and cultures. And to do … Continue reading

Posted in autumn, Family, fermenting, Food, gifts, hanging out in the garden, pandemic, zones

Happy Plague :) Planting in April 2020

As this isolation thing unfolds, I have never felt less isolated in my life. Every day of ‘lockdown’ uncovers more community connections and deepens family relationships. There is so much meaningful work to do that it hasn’t had a chance … Continue reading

Posted in autumn, chooks, community, dirty fun, Family, Food, maintenance, planting, raised garden beds, seedlings, seeds, soil, vegetables

FREE eBOOK: Starting a Garden in Adelaide – a guide for beginners

Happy Sunday, Adelaide gardeners! The new PDF format eBook is now up on a new page of Nadja’s Garden and is free to download. (Update 30/3/20: file is now compressed to 8MB) FREE eBOOK: Starting a Garden in Adelaide – … Continue reading

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Support for home gardeners during COVID-19

Good morning gardeners, Amidst the current chaos I hope that you are finding an oasis of peace in your gardens. Perhaps a few of you may be just beginning your own garden and yet to discover what a source of … Continue reading

Posted in community, Family, hanging out in the garden, pandemic, resilient gardening, time management, zones

Autumn at Home – The Silver Lining in the Health Crisis

Of all the times to be interrupting our usual busyness and spending more time at home, what season could be lovelier than autumn? The ground is still warm, there’s water in the tanks and there’s still sunshine to get a … Continue reading

Posted in autumn, children, community, Family, Food, pandemic, planning, planting, resilient gardening

Spring 2019 News – and a recipe :)

In this issue: Seasons that defy the calendar Voila! Delicious dinner from whatever is growing right now Community gardens, workshops and events Trees x 10 pilot activities are underway Spring planting suggestions

Posted in community, fruit, Local food, planning, planting, propagating, seeds, spring, trees, vegetables

Winter Workshops & Permablitzes

Good morning gardeners, I’m sure I’m not the only one torn between enjoying the unseasonal July warmth and worrying that I shouldn’t really be this warm when we’ve only just passed the solstice. Hearing willy wagtails declaring their intention to … Continue reading

Posted in climate change, community, courses, events, microclimates, permaculture principles, planning, planting, resilient gardening, winter, workshops