Category Archives: soil

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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Events Calendar Update

Here’s a quick update on upcoming events – some workshops have been rescheduled around the weather and bookings. There are still places available in our first workshop for the year, Fruit Tree Pruning, Budding and Grafting, which is now on … Continue reading

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Nadja’s Garden NEWSLETTER – January 2015

WELCOME Happy 2015, gardeners, and welcome to the first Nadja’s Garden newsletter. Are you, like me, still bracing for the real summer heat to hit our gardens? So far this summer has brought a welcome holiday break to our family, … Continue reading

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The alkaline soil challenge

What is an alkaline soil? Alkalinity and acidity are opposites on the pH scale. An alkaline soil has a pH measurement that is above 7 or neutral, while acid soil is below 7. pH influences the ability of plants to access … Continue reading

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Guest post: Seasonal Spotlight – Broad Beans

I haven’t shared a recipe for a while… so I’m happy to extend a warm (unseasonally warm in fact!) welcome to Erin of ‘She Cooks, She Gardens‘, with thanks for this guest blog post celebrating the humble broad bean…and I’ll … Continue reading

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AUGUST GARDEN GUIDE – MEDITERRANEAN CLIMATE

Welcome to my monthly garden guide series for Adelaide and other Mediterranean climate areas. This update, along with corresponding suggestions for other climate zones, can also be found at Pip Australian Permaculture Magazine around the start of each month. The Permaculture ‘zones’ … Continue reading

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Beginners’ Edible Organic Gardening course

“I got a raised garden bed for Christmas and I’m not sure what to do next…” “We just moved and we finally have room to grow some fruit and veg but it’s a bit overwhelming…” “I kill every plant that … Continue reading

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What now in Adelaide gardens?

At last, a bit of relief from Adelaide’s recent heatwaves! So far this January has been the fourth-hottest on record. As I listen to the dry, papery remains of sweetcorn rustling in today’s strong wind, I’m pondering what would be … Continue reading

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Improving Sandy Soil

Adelaide’s beachside suburbs are a great place to live and garden – a relatively frost-free Mediterranean climate that supports a broad range of fruits, vegetables, herbs, natives and exotic ornamentals. However, there is a downside to living on what was … Continue reading

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Bugs in the garden getting you down?

Sophie Thomson’s witty, warm and wise approach brought some organic balance to the subject when she spoke to home gardeners at the Botanic Gardens of Adelaide this week. The basic principle we need to understand, she explained, is whether a … Continue reading

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