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Better in the shade

Tue, 10/01/2012 - 11:33am

Don’t let your organic crops wilt to mush in the blistering summer sun. Give them a chance with a little shade. PHIL DUDMAN shares his shady tips.

Dutch Cream Potatoes

Biochar Experiment - An Update

Thu, 22/12/2011 - 4:56pm

Biochar has the potential to revolutionise gardening in a post carbon world. JUSTIN RUSSELL provides an update on an experiment using the product in his vegie garden to help grow a bumper crop of...

Up the anti on composting

Tue, 20/12/2011 - 4:46pm

Summer brings an endless supply of composting material, so it’s time to get busy making as much as you can, says PHIL DUDMAN

Turning compost regularly speeds up decomposition.

COMPOST: The 12 Keys

Wed, 30/11/2011 - 1:56pm

PHIL DUDMAN answers essential questions on making compost.

Steaming Compost

Encouraging Aerobic Bacteria

Fri, 21/10/2011 - 9:47am

A failed wastewater system reminds JUSTIN RUSSELL about the importance of aerobic bacteria in decomposing organic waste.

Striking stonework and hedging provides order and beauty.

Beautiful by design

Fri, 30/09/2011 - 6:53pm

Garden designer Steve Hailstone has combined beauty and functionality to create a wonderfully productive property, writes SIMON WEBSTER.


Confessions of a weather watcher

Fri, 23/09/2011 - 10:11am

JUSTIN RUSSELL explains why it's okay to be a "weather nerd", and describes his system for recording the rainfall and temperature in his cool climate garden.

Biochar Vegie Bed

Using biochar in the garden

Thu, 08/09/2011 - 9:40pm

In a previous post, Simon Webster reported on a proposal to build Australia's first electricty producing biochar plant. In this follow up post JUSTIN RUSSELL gives a run down on how you can use...

Woody Mulch Orchard

Notes on Wood Chip Mulch

Fri, 22/07/2011 - 10:01am

JUSTIN RUSSELL elaborates on the benefits of wood chip mulch to established fruit trees.

How to make straw bale gardens

How to make straw bale gardens

Mon, 30/05/2011 - 9:30am

They must be the ultimate in lazy gardening. PHIL DUDMAN explains how to turn a simple straw bale into a productive organic garden in seconds flat.