Category Archives: Food

October Garden Guide for Adelaide

If there’s one thing we can rely on in spring, it’s unpredictable weather. Calm and sunny one day, howling gales and torrential rain the next. Looking back at last October’s pictures I saw cherries ripening on my tree, while this … Continue reading

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August Gardening Guide

HARVESTING Carrots and beetroot are fattening up nicely with all the rain we’ve had this month! Some of the citrus are now so juicy that their flavour is not as intense as usual, so a few extra herbs in a … Continue reading

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July Gardening Guide – Mediterranean climate

The winter solstice has passed already. Jasmine is beginning to flower. Magpies are singing and collecting nesting material. We’re just getting used to winter again, but already see these signs of spring’s approach!

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Planting bare-rooted fruit trees

Pop the kettle on and soak up a 5-minute growing tip from Nadja’s Garden.  Deciduous fruit trees are those that drop their leaves and go into dormancy for winter. Most come from cool or temperate regions of the northern hemisphere … Continue reading

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June Gardening Guide – Mediterranean Climate

HARVESTING In keeping with recent trends, Adelaide has had a warm May, with the nights especially remaining warmer than usual. Hence warmth has remained in the soil and plants that I might usually have replaced by now have just kept … Continue reading

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Part 2 of “There’s an Apex Predator in my Garden”

In Monday’s post I explored the concept that humans are the ‘apex predators’ of the urban landscape and that we can use this privileged status to do environmental good instead of harm – but that to do so, perhaps we need … Continue reading

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There’s an apex predator in my garden…

I presented this concept at City of Marion’s ‘Common Thread‘ sustainability series earlier this month. Today I’ll introduce you to Part One. This is my Mum. Her name is Sally. You might have met her around the traps. She’s usually surrounded by a … Continue reading

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May Gardening Guide – Mediterranean climate

Welcome back, my old friend May, with your drizzling rains and your shorter days! With your soft sun inviting me out to play! Other old friends are back too, like soursobs and thistles – they do no harm, but to … Continue reading

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Productive gardens: a permaculture approach

This Wednesday evening at Marion Cultural Centre I’ll be presenting “Productive Gardens: a permaculture approach”. What’s T-Rex got to do with it? Come along and find out. It’s a free event, with presentation followed by an interactive segment. Arrive 6.45 … Continue reading

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March Gardening Guide – Mediterranean climate

Cheeky pumpkin growing in a lime tree, with a while to go until ripe I think we’ve reached the turning point. Time to turf out the finished summer veg (by which I mean hot compost them into nutritious garden goodness), … Continue reading

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