Category Archives: resilient gardening

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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Workshop – Fruit Tree Grafting with Sally

Good morning gardeners, Many of you have met my Mum, Sally, and seen her fruitful garden or her home-grown plants at the Organic Corner Store market. Mum is far braver about grafting than I am! It’s something that I haven’t practised … Continue reading

Posted in community, courses, Family, fruit, grafting, propagating, resilient gardening, winter

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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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

Posted in community, courses, ethics, events, Food, hanging out in the garden, Local food, permaculture design, permaculture principles, planning, resilient gardening, sustainable food, workshops

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

Posted in autumn, Food, markets, permaculture design, planning, planting, resilient gardening, seedlings, sustainable food, vegetables

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