Plants & Vegetables

Betony flowers


July 2021

Betony flowers provide nectar for bees, butterflies and beneficial insects explains Penny Woodward

Frost on kale leaves

A frosty reception

May 2021

When frost comes creeping into your garden, it can ruin all the hard work you've done in a snap! Helen McKerral suggests ways to combat the chills of winter.


Leafy brassicas

Winter fare

May 2021

Penny Woodward describes some unusual and more common edibles for planting now.

Prostanthera rotundifolia

Minty magic

May 2021

Known by gardeners as native mint bush, Prostanthera rotundifolia is a handy plant for semi-shade.

New Zealand spinach is a disease-resistant perennial also native to Australia

Spinach substitutes

May 2021

Spinach is a no-fuss cool season crop but there are some excellent substitutes for warmer seasons and regions too hot for English spinach.

'Purple Dragon' variety of carrot.

Colourful carrots

March 2021

There are so many different types of carrot you can grow in your garden, many of them vibrantly coloured heirloom varieties.

Asparagus spears

Growing asparagus

March 2021

A family favourite, asparagus is a must-have in the vegie patch, writes Helen McKerral.

How to grow sweet corn

September 2020

The crunchy flavour and versatility of sweet corn (and the fact it's easy to grow) make it a must-have in backyard vegie patches. 

Herbs for spring

August 2020

Most herbs are perfect for spring planting says Penny Woodward but its a bit early for basil.