Articles by Helen McKerral

Prolifically bearing orange tree in a garden.

Soil secrets for citrus success

June 2022

There's many aspects of citrus growing that ensure success (climate, tree choice and where you plant it, for example) but it all starts with the soil, writes Helen McKerral.

'Eureka' has a very long harvest period.

Fantastic citrus to try

May 2022

It's time to plant your citrus and Helen McKerral suggests different options you may want to grow in your backyard.

Helen grows her wasabi in an old laundry tub.

Grow your own wasabi

April 2022

Growing wasabi means you have this spicy food flavouring ready to be harvested in your own backyard. 

Look for pots that can be planted into the ground with the seedling.

Seed sowing basics

March 2022

Growing your own seedlings gives you greater diversity and choice in your garden, as well as contributing to the seed saving community that supports the survival of heirloom plants.

Capsicums love our climate.

Growing colourful capsicum

January 2022

These beauties come in a vibrant array of shapes, colours and flavours, and with careful nurturing can be an essential part of your summer vegie patch, writes Helen McKerral.

Tomatoes are a favourite here at Organic Gardener!

Tomato growing success

November 2021

You can never have too many tomatoes in your harvesting basket! And with these tips from Helen McKerral you are sure to have plenty to share.


Preserving tomatoes

A saucy affair with tomatoes

September 2021

With a tasty tomato harvest, you'll find you have one of the easiest and most flavoursome crops to preserve, and Helen McKerral has some tips to help you fill your pantry with goodness!

Frost on kale leaves

A frosty reception

May 2021

When frost comes creeping into your garden, it can ruin all the hard work you've done in a snap! Helen McKerral suggests ways to combat the chills of winter.


New Zealand spinach is a disease-resistant perennial also native to Australia

Spinach substitutes

May 2021

Spinach is a no-fuss cool season crop but there are some excellent substitutes for warmer seasons and regions too hot for English spinach.