Articles by Penny Woodward

Cherries can be a challenge to grow, but worth the effort.

Cherry Charm

February 2013

Cherries can be tricky to grow, but the rewards are high and with new low-chill and dwarf varieties, more gardeners are giving them a go, writes PENNY WOODWARD.

The story of a herb garden

July 2012

PENNY WOODWARD witnesses the transformation of old trial planting beds into a beautiful big herb garden. A large herb garden was established at Heronswood – the home of the Diggers Club in Dromana, Victoria – designed by gardeners Simon Dodd and Clive Blazey.

Once figs are picked, they stop ripening and need to be eaten or preserved as soon as possible.

Fabulous figs

March 2012

Fresh figs are hard to find at markets and grocers, making them an ideal fruit tree for home gardens, says PENNY WOOWARD.

Snails like to hide in large upturned pots which can be used as traps.

On the snail trail

August 2011

PENNY WOODWARD goes to town on snails and slugs, testing a wide variety of methods for getting rid of these intriguing but troublesome pests.

Succulent spears of freshly picked asparagus are delicious raw or cooked.

A vegetable to invest in

March 2010

Asparagus is a tough, rewarding, long-term vegetable that, once established, will give many years of nutritious spears, writes PENNY WOODWARD.

Burdock leaf in early autumn, ready for the roots to be harvested.

Herbs

February 2010

Burdock (X Arctium lappa X) may be a tough, unglamorous and thistle–like, but it has a delicious edible root and invaluable medicinal uses, writes PENNY WOODWARD.

Uplifting annuals

December 2009

With sustainable gardening, the focus is naturally on growing productive, edible plants, but there’s also a role and place for vibrant annual flowers. In spring, their colours give us a not-to-be underestimated emotional lift after the dolorous winter days, while as summer approaches they hum with bees and other insects, creating a rich, almost sensual place.

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