Category Archives: winter

June Gardening Guide – Mediterranean Climate

HARVESTING In keeping with recent trends, Adelaide has had a warm May, with the nights especially remaining warmer than usual. Hence warmth has remained in the soil and plants that I might usually have replaced by now have just kept … Continue reading

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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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Fruit Tree Pruning Workshop

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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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Curried butternut and lentil soup

Sorry, I’m still banging on about pumpkin. This time it’s butternuts. They’re not my favourite pumpkins but I believe in having a couple of varieties going in case either of them succumbs to bugs or diseases. The butternut vines made … Continue reading

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Planting Australian native plants

Last weekend at Belair National Park was a great event called “Grey Box Day” – a national park open day and native plant sale aimed at restoring and maintaining grey box grassy woodland, the once typical but now endangered bushland … Continue reading

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Easy Spanakopita

Silverbeet has missed out in the vegetable marketing department. It’s like the ugly stepsister of baby spinach. Don’t get me wrong, I love baby spinach in a salad,  but when you want to feed a crowd on a budget and … Continue reading

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Time to share some good

I have been enormously inspired tonight by watching Andrew Denton’s interview with Mohammad Yunus, the founder of Grameen Bank and recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize for his work in developing the concept of microcredit.

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Peas please!

After fruit trees, peas must be just about the best-value plants you can have in a garden. They are cheap to grow from seed, incredibly easy to grow, and they provide sweet, delicious food day in, day out for months … Continue reading

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