Category Archives: microclimates

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

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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!?

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Feb-March in Garden and Elsewhere

Dear Adelaideans and nearby gardeners, I hope that, like ours, a little rain has reached your patch this week after our dry, dry, dry, bone-dry January! That little bit will have to stretch a long way as it sounds like … Continue reading

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May Garden Guide

In this edition… Hot and smokin’: Multi-functioning the pizza oven – turning the chilli harvest into chipotle seasoning; making pizzas (hey, who would have thought?); and overnight baked beans. When shading isn’t shading: using shadecloth to capture light for subtropical … 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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Great big garden tour – and November guide

I promised a virtual tour of our garden in lieu of the open day which was cancelled recently, and here it is. It seems the weather agreed with the decision to call off the event, as it ended up raining … Continue reading

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After the storms in Adelaide

  In the last few days I’ve heard from a client who had great swathes of garden washed away into a creek; another whose new home by the sea had its garage inundated, and a friend whose child was lucky not … Continue reading

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April Gardening Guide – Mediterranean climate

I find April the mellowest month of the year. The days are short enough now and the sun mild enough to really enjoy soaking up some rays, while there’s still a great range of garden snacks to graze on. While … Continue reading

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“How’s the garden holding up in the heat?”

While Adelaide swelters through what’s forecast to be “the most severe December heatwave on record“, the most frequent greeting I’ve been met with is “How’s your garden holding up in this heat?” “Better than me!” I’m inclined to think. I’m … Continue reading

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Gardening for Climate Change

I am continually astounded when I pause to read gardening and landscaping magazines to see what can pass for a “garden” – apparently there  doesn’t need to be a living plant in sight , let alone one that could produce … Continue reading

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