Gardening Basics

What is Organics?

May 2013

Gardening legend PETER CUNDALL outlines the principles of growing organically.

New life for old pears

March 2013

PETER CUNDALL says pears have magnifcent textures, flavours and blooms, deserving a place in both the edible and ornamental garden.

Old pear trees can be brought back into regular production by selective winter pruning, as he describes here.

Rainbow connection

March 2013

JUSTIN RUSSELL tells the story of the heirloom vegie poster boy, Rainbow Chard.

How to Graft Citrus

February 2013

If you’d like to try your hand at grafting fruit trees, then have a go at citrus. It’s easy to do and allows you to grow a greater variety of fruit in less space, writes PHIL DUDMAN.

Mown Lawn

Grass clipping fatigue

February 2013

After surviving a second deluge in two years, JUSTIN RUSSELL deals with overgrown lawns, and a flood of grass clippings.

Peach Brown Rot

Stop the rot

January 2013

JUSTIN RUSSELL gives the low down on the fungal disease brown rot, and suggests some simple control measures.

Cucumber Trellis

Arc de Cucumis

January 2013

JUSTIN RUSSELL takes a leaf out of Phil Dudman's book and grows his cucumbers on a reinforcing mesh trellis.

Learn to scythe... and more

January 2013

Scything, soil and sauerkraut are on the menu at an upcoming workshop weekend, SIMON WEBSTER reports.

Sowing Carrots

Putting Down Roots

January 2013

The best time to sow winter veg is now, in mid-summer. JUSTIN RUSSELL shares his tips for sowing carrots and parsnips.

Apricots

Apricot Season

November 2012

Early summer is stonefruit season in many parts of Australia, and JUSTIN RUSSELL eagerly anticipates a bumper crop of apricots.

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