Fruits & Nuts

Medlars are a lovely autumn crop

Bletting medlars

May 27, 2015

PENNY WOODWARD advises that this is not a new swear word.


An abundance of blackberries

January 22, 2015

An epic blackberry crop has JUSTIN RUSSELL convinced that growing your own food is about abundance, not scarcity.

Morello Cherry

Have a very cherry Christmas!

December 18, 2014

Christmas wouldn't be complete without cherries, but for a sour twist, JUSTIN RUSSELL suggests trying Morello cherries.

She'll be apples

August 27, 2014

It's early spring and the sap is rising, the perfect time to propagate deciduous fruit trees says JUSTIN RUSSELL.

Two Bud Spur Pruning

Time to prune grape vines

July 18, 2014

Sunny winter days are perfect for pruning dormant grape vines to keep them productive, writes JUSTIN RUSSELL.


Jane and Lizzie feeding on microgreens

Micro meals for chooks

June 19, 2014

Microgreens may be small on size but they are big on benefits for chooks, writes PENNY WOODWARD.

Ripe passionfruit lying beneath the vine.

Late ripening passionfruit

May 28, 2014

Passionfruit is one of our most popular backyard fruit crops and perhaps the most vexing, writes JENNIFER STACKHOUSE.

Fuyu Persimmons

Orange lanterns of autumn

May 22, 2014

Few plants can bridge the ornamental-edible divide like the persimmon. JUSTIN RUSSELL explains how to grow them.