Category Archives: planting

September Garden Guide

Happy start to Spring! The last few days have offered some really warm sunshine to bring the bees to the blossoms and to accelerate growth. This winter was warmer than average, and although it started out unseasonably dry, we’ve now … 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

Posted in Food, hanging out in the garden, herbs, manure, markets, native plants, planning, planting, propagating, raised garden beds, seedlings, seeds, soil, trees, vegetables, winter

Not the July Garden Guide (or ‘The Ugly Fruit’)

We made it! We’re past the winter solstice and the days are getting longer again. But the good news pretty much ends there, because now the proper cold sets in and only the diehard gardeners are still at it. I’ll … 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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May Garden Guide

So much for the dry start to autumn – I think we’ve caught up with our rain allocation! What a lovely time for planting, with the soil still warm enough for strong growth too. There are a lot of bugs … 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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March Garden Guide

Dry summer heat has finally caught up with us. While deep-rooted trees are doing fine, some of the vegetables around here are starting to look pretty ratty after having been spoiled with frequent watering most of their lives. Speaking of … Continue reading

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February Garden Guide

Just one sleep to go until the new school year. Not that anyone’s counting. Tomorrow I will remember just how short the working day is when it’s squeezed between school drop-off and pick-up and moth-holed with appointments, and I’ll remember … Continue reading

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January Garden guide & Happy New Year!

What do you do when life hands you lots of lemons – and grape leaves? Make dolmades!

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December Garden Guide

    What a different spring this has been from last year, when summer’s scorching heat arrived so early. This time spring has lurched along indecisively, giving us sudden huge downpours and even peppering one of the few really hot … Continue reading

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