Category Archives: pruning

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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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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July Gardening Guide – Mediterranean climate

The winter solstice has passed already. Jasmine is beginning to flower. Magpies are singing and collecting nesting material. We’re just getting used to winter again, but already see these signs of spring’s approach!

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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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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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Mediterranean Garden Guide – August

Soil care We’ve had a very cold July with reasonable rainfall. That’s great for those fruit trees that need sufficient winter chill to set fruit, but a little challenging for the poor subtropicals that don’t like cold wet feet. Especially … Continue reading

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