Getting started

Jian Liu's Melbourne garden is a productive space, teeming with life and colour.

Gardening success in Melbourne

Tue, 23/11/2021 - 12:32pm

Jian Liu has gone from a Beijing concrete jungle to a lush Melbourne backyard, where she and her husband...

Know your stuff

Sun, 10/10/2021 - 6:30pm

Penny Woodward's glossary of organic gardening terms for novice gardeners – plus, a useful reference for the more experienced among you, too.

Araucana lay unusual green eggs.

Choosing a chook house

Wed, 23/06/2021 - 2:51pm

Life is much richer in this Melbourne household with a few chooks added to the mix – here's some tips Jian Liu learnt about making a home for chickens so everyone is happy.

Pre-sprouting is useful for ensuring all seeds are viable.

Pre-sprouting peas

Wed, 23/06/2021 - 2:31pm

Pea plants don’t like being transplanted, so it’s best to sow seeds directly. However, you can use biodegradable pots or pre-sprout seed, as Karen Sutherland explains here.

New Zealand spinach is a disease-resistant perennial also native to Australia

Spinach substitutes

Tue, 04/05/2021 - 3:24pm

Spinach is a no-fuss cool season crop but there are some excellent substitutes for warmer seasons and regions too hot for English spinach.

What is Organics?

Mon, 12/04/2021 - 1:33pm

Gardening legend Peter Cundall outlines the principles of growing organically – a choice many gardeners are making today, wanting to grow healthier food for their family, and to contribute to a...

Spring is the best time to plant lime trees.

How to protect limes from pests

Thu, 29/10/2020 - 4:59pm

Limes look gorgeous in your garden and add a tasty tang to meals in your kitchen -- so you don't want pests getting to them before you do.

Growing tomatoes in pots and baskets

Mon, 23/09/2019 - 4:18pm

Learn how growing smaller tomato cultivars in containers means you can make the most of the space (and sunshine) on offer.