Backyard

Chive Divisions

Divide and conquer

May 9, 2012

Looking for a free, easy way to increase your plant stocks? JUSTIN RUSSELL writes that autumn is the best time of the year to divide and conquer.

Parsnip Seedlings

Parsnip Secrets

May 2, 2012

Parsnips have a well earned reputaion for being hard to grow. JUSTIN RUSSELL shares his tips for producing a bumper crop oof long white roots.

Phil's Tomato Hothouse

May 1, 2012

What do you do when your organic tomato crops constantly fall victim to rain and cold? You bang up a ‘fancy’ hothouse to protect them, says PHIL DUDMAN.

Growing Organic Strawberries

April 18, 2012

Nothing beats organically grown strawberries for flavour and in many parts of the country, particularly warmer zones, autumn is the time to be starting a strawberry patch, or rejuvenating an existing one, says PHIL DUDMAN.

Tommy Toes

Tomato Experiment Update

April 4, 2012

JUSTIN RUSSELL updates his experiment in growing disease free tomatoes using four different methods.

There’s nothing bad about Banksias

March 21, 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.

How much shade can your vegies take?

March 20, 2012

We’ve heard it all before. Plant your vegies in a spot that gets at least 6-8 hours direct sun a day. But for many of us with small backyards, it’s just not practical. Shady PHIL DUDMAN  takes a good look at his own shady reality and suggests some crops that are ‘made in the shade’.

Almond Buds

Going Nuts for Almonds

March 9, 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 1, 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.

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