Soil & Compost

Green Manure

Time to build healthy soil

July 2012

Late winter is the perfect time to build healthy soil. JUSTIN RUSSELL writes about composting and using green manure.

Life Lessons

July 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 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.

Gardening as a renter

June 2012

The fact that you are renting needn’t put you off growing food, SIMON WEBSTER reports.

How to make your own seed raising mix

June 2012

Raising seedlings is an important part organic vegetable gardening and to do it well, you need a quality seed raising mix. There’s no need to be spending good money on commercial product when you can make your own for less, says PHIL DUDMAN

Garden expert Peter Cundall builds a leafmould mound.

Gardener’s Gold

May 2012

Jerry Coleby-Williams explains how to turn autumn leaves into a rich garden resource – leafmould.

GalileeSpinach

Winter Spinach

May 2012

Spinach thrives in winter and provides a stream of nutritious leaves for months on end. JUSTIN RUSSELL gives the lowdown on a favourite cool season crop.

Fallen Leaves

The Value of Leaves

May 2012

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

Parsnip Seedlings

Parsnip Secrets

May 2012

Parsnips have a well earned reputaion for being hard to grow. JUSTIN RUSSELL shares his tips for producing a bumper crop oof long white roots.

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.

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