February Garden Guide

How is your garden looking at this time of year? Have those couple of heatwaves battered it around a bit?

Here we haven’t lost many plants, but we’ve seen some of those prized mangoes get sunburnt, along with many baby persimmons, both of which had a long way to go before ripening – the result of choosing not to shade trees when it was inconvenient to do so. And when we finally did shade the mango tree, the biggest fruit fell off. Never mind, I have just been to chat to my friendly local Indian grocer, who has shared a recipe for green mango dip. Wish me luck! Continue reading

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January Garden Guide

Happy New Year! Gardeners will appreciate the deliciousness of Adelaide’s mild Christmas and New Year break, which has offered the perfect opportunity for planting and enjoying the garden. Although we’re in for a little heat spike this weekend it shouldn’t last long, but it means it’s time to keep a close eye on fruit for sudden ripening and sunburn, and just hold off for a couple of days on planting seeds and seedlings or summer pruning until the heat has passed. Continue reading

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December Garden Guide

It’s been a busy couple of days in the garden, clearing out, rearranging and replanting a couple of vegetable beds, and planting new fruit trees, while the weather is mild enough for plants to settle in without getting either sunburnt or blown over. Weather over the next few days looks good for planting, with extra care needed next week as the heat builds up again.

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If the plants need shade, water and protection, so do I.

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November Garden Guide

The countdown to Christmas has started. The usual end-of-year round of social and family events, shopping, school celebrations, reports, awards, and expectations to have our homes, gardens, families and lives in perfect order to be showcased, and all the loose ends tied up at work before we take a break.

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View from the office (spiralling in clockwise from top left): grapevine, white peach, nectarine, mandarin, spring onions, snowpeas, broad beans, persimmon, cape gooseberry, white shahtoot mulberry, zucchini, assorted leafy greens.

I’m not going to make that target. Continue reading

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October Garden Guide

Spring keeps on springing…
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I swear we have the calendar all back to front in this hemisphere. Surely when the chooks are munching on all the new leafy greens and laying as if their lives depended on it (fair enough, in some places that might really be the case!) it ought to be Easter. But instead, when the pumpkins are just germinating and are still six months off ripening, we get Halloween. But eggs are even more versatile than pumpkins, so who’s complaining? Continue reading

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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 just about caught up on our quota of winter rainfall. Here at home, the tanks are full, the garden beds have had a good soaking and everything with roots already established is starting to get a wriggle on. It’s a different story for new plantings though – with the soil still cold, it will be a while yet until summer vegetables are ready to go in.

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August Garden Guide

 

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Spring onion bottoms get a second life, planted in a new Asian veg patch.

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, while simultaneously feeling relieved and grateful as a gardener to have flat ground, fewer pests and weeds and a much warmer winter down here on the plains. Funny how much difference a half-hour drive makes to our local climate.  Continue reading

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