Articles by Justin Russell

Lemons

Secrets to Lemon Success

May 25, 2011

Gardening writers get asked more questions about growing lemon trees than anything else. They're a perennial favourite, and given the right treatment are one of the most productive trees in the garden. Justin Russell shares his lemon growing secrets.

Heirloom Peas

Become a Backyard Conservationist

May 18, 2011

With the world facing a sixth mass extinction crisis, Justin Russell highlights the need for gardeners to play a role in conserving domestic plant species.

Frosty Morning

Making the Most of Frost

May 11, 2011

In viewing frost as just another issue to contend with in the battle to maintain a pristine backyard, modern gardeners miss the benefits of a decent freeze. Justin Russell welcomes the fiirst frost of the season.

Silver Grey Dorking Chickens

The Wonders of Chook Poo

May 4, 2011

Haven't started enjoying the benefits of the humble backyard chicken? Justin Russell celebrates the wonder that is chook manure.

Autumn Brassicas

An elegant pest control solution

April 27, 2011

It can be tempting to think that organic gardening is simply about replacing toxic sprays with organic versions. Justin Russell looks at "exclusion" an elegant pest control solution that is about working smarter, not harder.

Heirloom Apple Illustration

The joy of home grown apples

April 20, 2011

The number of apple varieties in cultivation has fallen off a cliff in the last 100 years, and commercial orchardists just aren't interested. It's time for gardeners to rediscover the wonders of home grown apples, writes Justin Russell.

Green Manure

Boost fertility with green manure

April 12, 2011

Green manures are the cheapest and easiest way to build fertility in the food producing garden, writes Justin Russell.

Backlit Sweetcorn Plants

Getting radical about organics

April 6, 2011

Has the organic gardening and farming movement lost its revolutionary edge? It's time to redsicover the radical spirit of the organic pioneers, suggests Justin Russell.

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