Category Archives: planning

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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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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March Gardening Guide – Mediterranean climate

Cheeky pumpkin growing in a lime tree, with a while to go until ripe I think we’ve reached the turning point. Time to turf out the finished summer veg (by which I mean hot compost them into nutritious garden goodness), … 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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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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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

Posted in Christmas, Food, fruit, hanging out in the garden, maintenance, permaculture principles, planning, planting, resilient gardening, seedlings, seeds, summer, vegetables

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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July Gardening Guide – Mediterranean Climate

Cold soil now means slower vegetable growth. Most deciduous trees are now dormant and leafless, ready for winter pruning, planting or transplanting. In frost-prone areas, it’s time to take a break from planting out and instead peruse the seed and … Continue reading

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Composting tips – and workshop on Wed March 18

  “Old gardeners never die; they just very slowly turn into the most magnificent compost. But what a marvellous, active brew it is!” – Peter Cundall Different composting methods break down the material in different ways, using different helpers – so … Continue reading

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