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Standout garden at MIFGS 2012

April 2012

It didn’t win awards for cutting edge garden design, but it certainly warmed the heart of Organic Gardener’s PHIL DUDMAN during his visit to this year’s Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show.

There’s nothing bad about Banksias

March 2012

The Big Bad Banksia Men have terrorised the dreams of Aussie schoolchildren for decades. But JUSTIN RUSSELL wirtes that there's nothing bad about banksias, and in fact, they have an important role to play in organic gardens.

Autumn Pea Flowers

Green Peas

March 2012

St Patrick's Day is traditionally regarded as the perfect time to plant ornamental sweet peas. JUSTIN RUSSELL argues that it's also the ideal time to plant edible peas in anticipation of an extended harvest.

Almond Buds

Going Nuts for Almonds

March 2012

With his almond crop harvested, JUSTIN RUSSELL has high hopes for an even better harvest next summer from his single, self pollinating tree.

male pumpkin flower

Pumpkin Pimping

March 2012

JUSTIN RUSSELL outlines a simple technique to ensure your pumpkin, melon and other cucurbit vines set masses of tasty fruit, even when the bees decide to stay at home.

spring onions

Why spring onions are undervalued

February 2012

One of the best plants in the vegie patch is one of the least valued. JUSTIN RUSSELL makes the case for growing a year round supply of spring onions.

Feijoa Harvest

In Praise of Feijoas

January 2012

Feijoas are a tough and adaptable plant for the organic home garden. JUSTIN RUSSELL sings the praises of this myrtle relative and its delicious fruit.

Sweet Corn

How to harvest corn

January 2012

Does your sweet corn look ripe for the picking? JUSTIN RUSSELL shares his tips on how to harvest, cook and eat the perfect cob.

Veg Garden Summer

Summer seed sowing

January 2012

With the lazy days of summer well and truly upon us, it's time to do some relaxed pottering about the garden. JUSTIN RUSSELL suggests sowing seeds and planting seedlings in anticipation of a winter harvest.

Dutch Cream Potatoes

Biochar Experiment - An Update

December 2011

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 spuds.

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