Category Archives: soil

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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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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Compost workshop

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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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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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