Category Archives: maintenance

January Garden guide & Happy New Year!

What do you do when life hands you lots of lemons – and grape leaves? Make dolmades!

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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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What a difference a couple of years make

Nearly two years ago I visited Brigitte’s new home to help her design her garden. At that stage, it was a blank canvas – front and back yards had been carved out of very alkaline, compacted clay subsoil and covered with … 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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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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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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Summer Pruning – especially for Stone Fruit Trees

It’s a beautiful time to be pruning peach and nectarine trees in Adelaide, with sunshine forecast for days to come without being ridiculously hot – this means reduced risk of fungal disease for the trees and not too much sunburn … Continue reading

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February Garden Guide

Just when you think you’re coming out the other side of the abundance of summer (and after a week away from it all), you take another look around and find that there’s still so much happening in the garden!

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January Garden Guide

‘Tis the season to be chili! This morning Adelaideans have woken to a most welcome cool change with gentle, soaking showers, after a record-breaking – and in some gardens, heartbreaking – December heat wave. It has been a severe start … Continue reading

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