Animals & Insects

stinging nettle

Virtuous Weeds

February 2012

A week of rain, followed by a week of sun results in a massive crop of weeds in JUSTIN RUSSELL's garden. Can he turn a problem into a tasty solution?

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.

Rules of attraction

February 2012

SIMON WEBSTER investigates how to attract butterflies and their role in the garden.

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.

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.

Ripening Blackberries

Blackberry Season

December 2011

Unlike their wild, uncouth cousins, thornless blackberries are far more refined and oh so delicious. JUSTIN RUSSELL extolls the virtues of this underappreciated cool climate fruit.

A predatory hoverfly attracted to coriander flowers.

Flower Power

December 2011

As the caterpillar breeding season begins in earnest, fight them with flowers, writes
JERRY COLEBY-WILLIAMS.

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