Garden planning

A Silvereye.

Bring in the birds

Wed, 04/05/2022 - 11:17am

Libby Woodward tells how she and her husband redeveloped a section of their garden with native understorey plants designed to draw in insects, birds and wildlife.

Jian Liu's food forest in Melbourne.

What is a food forest?

Mon, 31/01/2022 - 2:46pm

A permaculture concept, a food forest promises a self-sustaining system that produces an abundance of food – if designed well. Here's why Jian Liu created one in her Melbourne backyard.

Vegie beds at Buena Vista farm.

Crop rotation

Wed, 24/03/2021 - 2:50pm

 Justin Russell says it's good to have a crop rotation plan in place to avoid pest and disease build up – here's some basics.

Build a bed for your vegies

Tue, 03/11/2020 - 12:53pm

Planning your vegie patch? Justin Russell answers the question many of you might be asking: are raised beds right for me?

Lettuce is a good starter veg.

Start your own food garden

Mon, 10/08/2020 - 1:53pm

With gardeners new and old wanting to grow their own food, Helen McKerral goes through the basics of setting up a vegie garden, including easy crops to start with.

Planning your garden

Thu, 18/06/2020 - 2:42pm

Justin Russell explains how to stagger planting times so you don't end up with too little or too much of the vegies you love best.

Basil and lettuce vertical garden

Vertical garden

Sat, 07/03/2020 - 3:24pm

Helen Cushing writes about small scale vertical gardens.

Greenhouse growing

Tue, 30/04/2019 - 3:10pm

You can use a structure such as a greenhouse to modify climate conditions, says Justin Russell, protecting plants or extending the growing season for cold-sensitive crops.