Category Archives: water

March Garden Guide – and accidental community newsletter

THE START OF AUTUMN – OR MORE SUMMER? The weather outlook for the next three months suggests that conditions in Adelaide and much of SA are likely to be drier and warmer than average for this time of year as the … Continue reading

Posted in autumn, maintenance, planting, seedlings, seeds, summer, water

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

Posted in fertiliser, Food, maintenance, pests, planting, propagating, seedlings, soil, spring, vegetables, water

January Garden guide & Happy New Year!

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

Posted in crop protection, fruit, maintenance, permaculture design, planning, planting, recipes, resilient gardening, summer, vegetables, water

“How’s the garden holding up in the heat?”

While Adelaide swelters through what’s forecast to be “the most severe December heatwave on record“, the most frequent greeting I’ve been met with is “How’s your garden holding up in this heat?” “Better than me!” I’m inclined to think. I’m … Continue reading

Posted in Food, fruit, hanging out in the garden, heatwaves, maintenance, microclimates, native plants, permaculture design, summer, water

November Garden Guide

Zone 0: Spring cleaning is largely over, and yielded great opportunities to share no-longer-needed items with the community, as well as providing loads of carbon-rich compost material (i.e. paperwork)… Zone 1: Tomato and capsicum seedlings have gone back into our … Continue reading

Posted in fruit, native plants, permaculture design, permaculture principles, planning, planting, raised garden beds, spring, vegetables, vertical gardens, water, zones

October Garden Guide – Mediterranean Climate

Zone 0: Planning in the home zone…designs for a natural playground for preschoolers, a grown-ups’ haven and an irrigation system for busy new parents…workshops…spring cleaning… Zone 1: Perennial herbs are making their spring comeback: mint, sage, thyme are all taking … Continue reading

Posted in permaculture design, permaculture principles, spring, vegetables, water, zones

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

Posted in autumn, planning, planting, resilient gardening, soil, summer, time management, vegetables, water

Before the heat hits…

Task list to prepare gardens for next week’s heatwave… Harvest any nearly-ripe fruit and veg to reduce the load on the trees and plants and to catch it before it gets sunburnt. Make jam, chutney, relish, dried fruit, preserved fruit. … Continue reading

Posted in hanging out in the garden, heatwaves, resilient gardening, summer, water, wildlife

Simple Drip Irrigation workshop – November 7th


Posted in community, courses, fruit, markets, resilient gardening, summer, time management, vegetables, water

What’s a seed worth?

I was shopping this afternoon and happened to look curiously at the Jap (Kent) pumpkin on display in the supermarket. Not that I wanted to buy any… our winter is pretty much taken care of in that department… … I … Continue reading

Posted in citrus, food storage, seeds, vegetables, water