Garden Tasks

Watermelon frame

Phil's simple watermelon frame

July 25, 2012

Whether tomatoes, melons or peas, supporting your plants with frames and trellises encourages healthy crops and saves space, writes PHIL DUDMAN.

Watch how to construct a simple A frame, and support fruit and other crops on bamboo trellises.

The story of a herb garden

July 25, 2012

PENNY WOODWARD witnesses the transformation of old trial planting beds into a beautiful big herb garden. A large herb garden was established at Heronswood – the home of the Diggers Club in Dromana, Victoria – designed by gardeners Simon Dodd and Clive Blazey.

Life Lessons

July 23, 2012

PETER CUNDALL reflects on his lifelong journey of learning about organic gardening.

As a child during the Great Depression of the 1930s, I grew vegetables organically, but didn’t know it. In those days, few people knew what organics was all about anyway. And artificial fertilisers and poisonous sprays were unaffordable, so my little patch remained pure.

Wood Ash

How to Use Wood Ash

June 26, 2012

Wood heating is common throughout the cooler parts of Australia, but what to do with all that ash. JUSTIN RUSSELL recommends using it in the garden.

Orange Tree

Ripe for the Picking

June 20, 2012

Knowing when to pick a crop of fruit is a vital skill for home growers to learn, writes JUSTIN RUSSELL.

Fallen Leaves

The Value of Leaves

May 15, 2012

JUSTIN RUSSELL suggests that instead of seeing fallen leaves as a problem, we should see them as a precious resource.

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.

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.

Pest-repellent plants

April 12, 2012

A book calls on pest fighters to take a new approach, reports SIMON WEBSTER.

Coriander

Plant coriander for winter

April 11, 2012

Don’t fall for the myth that coriander loves to be grown in blazing hot sun during summer. JUSTIIN RUSSELL writes that the world’s most widely consumed herb does brilliantly in winter, even in the shade.

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