Soil & Compost

Unfurling Buds

Garden Jobs for Late Winter

August 2012

Late winter is no time to rest on your laurels. According to JUSTIN RUSSELL, it's one of the busiest times of the year with plenty to do before spring. Let's get cracking!

Potatoes

To Chit, or Not to Chit?

August 2012

To chit or not to chit? That is the question for home growers at this time of the year, so JUSTIN RUSSELL explains the process of chtting, and outlines its benefits.

Orange Tree

The Solution to Citrus Problems

August 2012

What's wrong with my citrus tree? JUSTIN RUSSELL says that this is the most common question asked of garden writers, but the solution is simple. Read on to find out what it is.

Dividing chives

The Great Divide

August 2012

Lots of perennial food plants can be easily propagated by division of the root ball. JUSTIN RUSSELL explains how.

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.

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