Blogs

Swan Eggs, Valley Of The Mists Wetlands

Valley of the Mist

February 2010

Dennis and Marilyn Ryan grow native foods and organic citrus on their property near Macksville (NSW), but caring for the valuable wetland that laps their backyard is just as big a passion. MARC LLEWELLYN visits.

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.

Pete's Patch

February 2010

Tino Carnivale maintains Peter Cundall's vegie patch at the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens.
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Honourable farming

December 2009

Organic farmer and author, Michael Ableman, wants to see honour return to the art of farming, and every local community growing food. RYAN SANGARA visited his Foxglove Farm in British Columbia .

From dirt farming to green farming

December 2009

Phillip Adams, on his regular ABC Radio program Late Night Live, recently spoke with two experts on the topic of carbon sequestration, reforesting the land and the future of our soils – extensively damaged through modern agriculture. Here is an edited transcript of the discussiom.

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.

Bamboo Beauties

December 2009

Beautiful and useful, non-invasive clumping bamboos can be a wonderful asset in the garden. NICK ROMANOWSKI chooses some of the most distinctive for tropical and temperate climates.

Rounding up the volunteers

December 2009

By encouraging 'volunteer' crops in your garden, you can keep weeds at bay and ensure a year-round supply of fresh food, writes JERRY COLEBY-WILLIAMS.

Super sunflowers

December 2009

As a child I used various seed mixes for feeding my pet budgerigar, mice and gerbils. Curious to see what sort of plants these blends contained, one Easter holiday I sowed some of each. When the summer school holidays started in my London backyard I had my first crops of chilli, millet, sorghum and sunflowers. Those first sunflowers really caught my eye, just as they did with Francisco Pizarro, a Spanish conquistador, who recorded seeing them being cropped in 16th century Peru.

Sweet Success

December 2009

Craig Sams was a pioneer of the natural food movement in the ’60s, going on to establish the most successful organic chocolate company in the UK. He talks to SIMON WEBSTER about food, business and gardening.

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