Category Archives: winter

Winter Workshops & Permablitzes

Good morning gardeners, I’m sure I’m not the only one torn between enjoying the unseasonal July warmth and worrying that I shouldn’t really be this warm when we’ve only just passed the solstice. Hearing willy wagtails declaring their intention to … Continue reading

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Trees x 10…

Yesterday I was passing through Oaklands Estate Reserve at Marion. I paused to wonder what life would be like if, instead of navigating by the roads and railway lines, numbed by our devices, we instead found our way by the … Continue reading

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June Garden Guide

In this edition… Welcome to winter Soil reconditioning We’re all going a bit weed-mad Chooks & Compost June veg planting

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August Garden Guide

  Reflections… It’s been a week spent between home in the ‘burbs and visiting the hills… remembering my teens when the frost and fog of the Adelaide Hills were an essential part of winter, missing the lush landscape and wildlife, … Continue reading

Posted in Food, hanging out in the garden, herbs, manure, markets, native plants, planning, planting, propagating, raised garden beds, seedlings, seeds, soil, trees, vegetables, winter

Not the July Garden Guide (or ‘The Ugly Fruit’)

We made it! We’re past the winter solstice and the days are getting longer again. But the good news pretty much ends there, because now the proper cold sets in and only the diehard gardeners are still at it. I’ll … Continue reading

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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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August Gardening Guide

HARVESTING Carrots and beetroot are fattening up nicely with all the rain we’ve had this month! Some of the citrus are now so juicy that their flavour is not as intense as usual, so a few extra herbs in a … Continue reading

Posted in Food, fruit, hanging out in the garden, maintenance, permaculture principles, planning, planting, vegetables, winter

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

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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!

Posted in citrus, Food, herbs, maintenance, permaculture principles, planning, planting, propagating, pruning, seedlings, seeds, soil, trees, weeds, winter

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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