Category Archives: planning

A ‘RetroSuburban’ Case Study of our suburban patch.

Over the past month I’ve been digging deeply into David Holmgren’s recently released book, ‘RetroSuburbia: the downshifter’s guide to a resilient future‘. The book is based on the premise that for most households, making the most productive use of a … Continue reading

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January Garden Guide

Happy New Year! Gardeners will appreciate the deliciousness of Adelaide’s mild Christmas and New Year break, which has offered the perfect opportunity for planting and enjoying the garden. Although we’re in for a little heat spike this weekend it shouldn’t … Continue reading

Posted in Food, fruit, planning, planting, propagating, seedlings, seeds, summer

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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October Garden Guide

Spring keeps on springing…   I swear we have the calendar all back to front in this hemisphere. Surely when the chooks are munching on all the new leafy greens and laying as if their lives depended on it (fair … 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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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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