Category Archives: native plants

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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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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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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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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“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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November Garden Guide

Zone 0: Spring cleaning is largely over, and yielded great opportunities to share no-longer-needed items with the community, as well as providing loads of carbon-rich compost material (i.e. paperwork)… Zone 1: Tomato and capsicum seedlings have gone back into our … Continue reading

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Planting Australian native plants

Last weekend at Belair National Park was a great event called “Grey Box Day” – a national park open day and native plant sale aimed at restoring and maintaining grey box grassy woodland, the once typical but now endangered bushland … Continue reading

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