Garden Harvesting

Caught red handed

September 2010

The suburbs are full of neglected fruiting trees, bearing bucket loads of organic produce ripe for the picking. PHIL DUDMAN calls it ‘the fine art of foraging’, only this week he was caught in the act.

Peas and harmony

September 2010

A cover crop has provided an unexpected bounty, SIMON WEBSTER reports.

Lessons from Nino

December 2009

MARC LLEWELLYN, the author of Finding Nino - a Seachange in Italy, reveals how an Italian peasant farmer sparked his love of organic gardening.

Back in Australia, his love affair with home-grown produce has flourished.

Super sunflowers

December 2009

As a child I used various seed mixes for feeding my pet budgerigar, mice and gerbils. Curious to see what sort of plants these blends contained, one Easter holiday I sowed some of each. When the summer school holidays started in my London backyard I had my first crops of chilli, millet, sorghum and sunflowers. Those first sunflowers really caught my eye, just as they did with Francisco Pizarro, a Spanish conquistador, who recorded seeing them being cropped in 16th century Peru.

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