Getting started

Growing your own veg is definitely worthwhile.

True cost of growing your own food

Thu, 23/06/2022 - 3:23pm

Back in Issue 99 of OG, Paul West wrote this article under the title 'Getting Pragmatic', looking at the true costs of growing your own food. In 2022, we are all interested in the answer to this...

Heeling in bare-rooted trees

Wed, 04/05/2022 - 1:22pm

If you have a bunch of bare-rooted trees and can’t plant them quickly, you can do what’s called ‘heeling in’: Penny Woodward explains the process here. Plus, basic tips from Karen Sutherland.

Helen grows her wasabi in an old laundry tub.

Grow your own wasabi

Thu, 14/04/2022 - 1:34pm

Growing wasabi means you have this spicy food flavouring ready to be harvested in your own backyard. 

Look for pots that can be planted into the ground with the seedling.

Seed sowing basics

Tue, 22/03/2022 - 11:52am

Growing your own seedlings gives you greater diversity and choice in your garden, as well as contributing to the seed saving community that supports the survival of heirloom plants.

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.