Plants & Vegetables

Parsnips can be stored in the ground in cold climates and harvested when ready to eat.

Turnips & Parsnips

March 25, 2012

PETER CUNDALL says easy-to-grow ‘old-fashioned’ turnips and parsnips are back in vogue with their distinctive flavours and textures.

How much shade can your vegies take?

March 20, 2012

We’ve heard it all before. Plant your vegies in a spot that gets at least 6-8 hours direct sun a day. But for many of us with small backyards, it’s just not practical. Shady PHIL DUDMAN  takes a good look at his own shady reality and suggests some crops that are ‘made in the shade’.

Autumn Pea Flowers

Green Peas

March 16, 2012

St Patrick's Day is traditionally regarded as the perfect time to plant ornamental sweet peas. JUSTIN RUSSELL argues that it's also the ideal time to plant edible peas in anticipation of an extended harvest.

organic garlic

Get going with garlic

March 14, 2012

Garlic is a winter crop in most areas, and if you live in warmer parts of the country, it pays to start planting now, says PHIL DUDMAN

Almond Buds

Going Nuts for Almonds

March 9, 2012

With his almond crop harvested, JUSTIN RUSSELL has high hopes for an even better harvest next summer from his single, self pollinating tree.

Cabbage on my mind

March 8, 2012

The subtle chill of an early autumn morning has PHIL DUDMAN in a planting frenzy of all things Brassicaceae.

male pumpkin flower

Pumpkin Pimping

March 1, 2012

JUSTIN RUSSELL outlines a simple technique to ensure your pumpkin, melon and other cucurbit vines set masses of tasty fruit, even when the bees decide to stay at home.

capsicums

Netting Works Wonders

February 23, 2012

JUSTIN RUSSELL writes in praise of exclusion netting after harvesting his best ever crop of capsicums.

stinging nettle

Virtuous Weeds

February 17, 2012

A week of rain, followed by a week of sun results in a massive crop of weeds in JUSTIN RUSSELL's garden. Can he turn a problem into a tasty solution?

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