Backyard

Growing Organic Strawberries

April 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 2012

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

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.

How much shade can your vegies take?

March 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 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.

My First Figs

February 2012

PHIL DUDMAN has found figs delightfully easy to grow in the wet subtropics, despite everything he was told.

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.

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