Plants & Vegetables

Isabella Grapes

Isabella Grapes Save the Day

November 2011

With his grape crop ruined by last summer's record wet season, JUSTIN RUSSELL pins his hopes on a mildew resistant heirloom variety to make an annual batch of verjuice.

Glen Large Garlic

When to harvest garlic?

October 2011

To harvest, or not to harvest? It can be tricky to know when garlic is ready to be dug up, but JUSTIN RUSSELL has a simple method that doesn't involve counting leaves, and ignores the theory of set planting and harvesting dates.

Pierre de Ronsard rose

The Myth of Disease Resistance

October 2011

Could a new super-rose that is totally resistant to blackspot be a good fit for organic gardeners. JUSTIN RUSSELL argues that there are other virtues to look for in plants beyond the obvious.

Zucchini Frame Update

October 2011

With wet and windy weather dominating, PHIL DUDMAN’s zucchini frame is proving it’s worth.

The Need for Speed

October 2011

If you're not careful, the spring planting window can quickly come and go, leaving the vegie garden short on home grown food. Thank goodness for fast growing crops that produce a yield in a matter of weeks, not months, writes JUSTIN RUSSELL.

Ripe Tomatoes

Experiments in Tomato Growing

September 2011

Tomatoes are almost everyone's summer favourite, but they can be temperamental plants to grow. JUSTIN RUSSELL wonders whether gardeners over-cultivate tomatoes, and plans an experiment in leaving the plants to their own devices.

Flood

Confessions of a weather watcher

September 2011

JUSTIN RUSSELL explains why it's okay to be a "weather nerd", and describes his system for recording the rainfall and temperature in his cool climate garden.

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