Articles by Helen McKerral

Asparagus spears

Growing asparagus

March 2021

A family favourite, asparagus is a must-have in the vegie patch, writes Helen McKerral.

Finding fungi in the wild

March 2021

Foraging for mushrooms is a fun activity in the autumn months when rainfall is high. You can read a detailed article on foraging by Helen McKerral in OG Issue 124. You can also go on a guided tour/workshop -- we've listed a few below.

Salsify seed will be blown by the wind.

How seeds disperse naturally

February 2021

Once plants start seeding in your garden, you'll be amazed where they pop up – Helen McKerral explains how it happens, naturally.

Summer raspberries fruiting on the left, autumn raspberries on the right

Pruning and training raspberries

January 2021

The freshness and flavour of raspberries are one of the joys of summer -- and you can grow them in your own backyard.

The electric hued blue native, Lechenaultia biloba.

Blooming blue flowers!

November 2020

Although blue flowers are relatively rare, they are well worth searching out, writes Helen McKerral, adding beauty and colour to your garden.

Lettuce is a good starter veg.

Start your own food garden

August 2020

With gardeners new and old wanting to grow their own food, Helen McKerral goes through the basics of setting up a vegie garden, including easy crops to start with.

Bushfire recovery: start with the soil

March 2020

The loss of a much-loved garden during a bushfire can be devastating, but with patience and time you can rebuild. And your soil is a good place to start.

Cumquats in basket

Easygoing cumquats

September 2019

Helen McKerral says its best to always plant comquats into warm soil.

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