Backyard

Spring vegie head start

August 2011

Gardeners in warm areas are busy planting out their organic spring crops. With a little protection, you can give seedlings a head start in cold areas too. PHIL DUDMAN, shares a few ideas for a simple homemade coldframe.

Berry Feast

Groundcover strawberries

August 2011

Often, the best way to get plants to thrive is by mimicking the way they grow in the wild. JUSTIN RUSSELL applies this theory to strawberries, a natural woodland plant, with outstanding results.

Anna Apple Blossom

First blossom of the season

August 2011

In JUSTIN RUSSELL'S garden, the first fruit blossoms of the new season have made their showy arrival. Leading the charge is an apple with unusual pedigree but an outstanding flavour.

Woody Mulch Orchard

Notes on Wood Chip Mulch

July 2011

JUSTIN RUSSELL elaborates on the benefits of wood chip mulch to established fruit trees.

Mid Winter Orchard

Mid-winter in the Orchard

July 2011

For organic fruit growers, mid-winter is the ideal time to apply a preventative spray against summer fungal diseases. JUSTIN RUSSELL explains how.

Tea Camellia Hedge

How to have your hedge and eat it too

July 2011

There's no need for plants to be classed as either ornamental or edible. In a productive garden they can be both. JUSTIN RUSSELL makes hedges that look pretty, and taste good too.

Raspberries

Raspberry Maintenance

June 2011

For delicious home grown raspberries in summer and autumn, there's a list of routine jobs to do in your berry patch during winter. JUSTIN RUSSELL shows you how.

How to make straw bale gardens

How to make straw bale gardens

May 2011

They must be the ultimate in lazy gardening. PHIL DUDMAN explains how to turn a simple straw bale into a productive organic garden in seconds flat.

The under-utilised choko is a great winter crop!

Give chokos a go

May 2011

Chokos are at their productive peak, but there must be more to cooking them than smothering them in white sauce. PHIL DUDMAN puts the challenge to his foodie buddy Julie Ray.

Lemons

Secrets to Lemon Success

May 2011

Gardening writers get asked more questions about growing lemon trees than anything else. They're a perennial favourite, and given the right treatment are one of the most productive trees in the garden. Justin Russell shares his lemon growing secrets.

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