Category Archives: permaculture design

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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Kick-start your kitchen garden in May

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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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2016 Adelaide Seedling Subscription

Happy New Year, fellow gardeners! I know it’s the middle of summer and your vegie patch may be wilting now and then, but autumn is not far away and my seedling subscription vegies will be sown very shortly ready for your … 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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December Garden Guide

  Summer has started early here, with some serious hot spikes, strong winds and a devastating early bushfire north of Adelaide. In suburban gardens, water, shade and timing are everything. This is a weekend for planning, monitoring and keeping cool! … Continue reading

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