Category Archives: hanging out in the garden

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

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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

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

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Plants to Survive the Heat

Welcome to another week-long heatwave in Adelaide.  Is your garden getting tired of this? Are you too tired to be gardening!?

Posted in climate change, fruit, hanging out in the garden, heatwaves, microclimates, planning, resilient gardening, summer, trees

December Garden Guide

It’s been a busy couple of days in the garden, clearing out, rearranging and replanting a couple of vegetable beds, and planting new fruit trees, while the weather is mild enough for plants to settle in without getting either sunburnt … Continue reading

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November Garden Guide

The countdown to Christmas has started. The usual end-of-year round of social and family events, shopping, school celebrations, reports, awards, and expectations to have our homes, gardens, families and lives in perfect order to be showcased, and all the loose … Continue reading

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August Garden Guide

  Reflections… It’s been a week spent between home in the ‘burbs and visiting the hills… remembering my teens when the frost and fog of the Adelaide Hills were an essential part of winter, missing the lush landscape and wildlife, … Continue reading

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June Garden Guide

What a frosty start to winter! Here’s hoping this means good fruit set for all the cool temperate fruit trees this year. HARVESTING All sorts of goodies have been turning up around here lately – some seasonal, some surprising – … Continue reading

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May Garden Guide

So much for the dry start to autumn – I think we’ve caught up with our rain allocation! What a lovely time for planting, with the soil still warm enough for strong growth too. There are a lot of bugs … Continue reading

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April Garden Guide

As expected, March this year was far drier than average in Adelaide and a couple of degrees warmer than usual, both by day and by night, setting the scene for a warmer and drier than usual autumn and perhaps even … Continue reading

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