Plants & Vegetables

Nasturtium

A Nod to Nasturtiums

April 2012

One of the best plants for organic gardens is the nasturtium. JUSTIN RUSSELL writes that it's useful, ornamental, and lots of fun to grow.

Autumn apples

Apple and Rhubarb

April 2012

Apple and rhubarb is a classic autumn pairing, both in the garden and the kitchen. JUSTIN RUSSELL celebrates the season by sharing a favourite recipe.

Pest-repellent plants

April 2012

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

Coriander

Plant coriander for winter

April 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.

Tommy Toes

Tomato Experiment Update

April 2012

JUSTIN RUSSELL updates his experiment in growing disease free tomatoes using four different methods.

Breaking up a Gastropod Party

March 2012

Slugs and snails can wreak havoc in the vegie patch and are difficult to control organically. JUSTIN RUSSELL shares his succeses and failures.

Once figs are picked, they stop ripening and need to be eaten or preserved as soon as possible.

Fabulous figs

March 2012

Fresh figs are hard to find at markets and grocers, making them an ideal fruit tree for home gardens, says PENNY WOOWARD.

Turnips & Parsnips

March 2012

PETER CUNDALL says easy-to-grow ‘old-fashioned’ turnips and parsnips are back in vogue with their distinctive flavours and textures.

How much shade can your vegies take?

March 2012

We’ve heard it all before. Plant your vegies in a spot that gets at least 6-8 hours direct sun a day. But for many of us with small backyards, it’s just not practical. Shady PHIL DUDMAN  takes a good look at his own shady reality and suggests some crops that are ‘made in the shade’.

Autumn Pea Flowers

Green Peas

March 2012

St Patrick's Day is traditionally regarded as the perfect time to plant ornamental sweet peas. JUSTIN RUSSELL argues that it's also the ideal time to plant edible peas in anticipation of an extended harvest.

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