Our best photos of things growing
Cox’s Orange Pippin
‘Cox’s Orange Pippin’ is a wonderful heritage apple that needs gardeners to grow it and keep it viable. Justin Russell outlines, here, the history of apple varieties and the role we can all play in conserving such heritage fruit.
Remember to keep the water up to vegies during the hot season and dry spells. Asian greens and similar crops will often become bitter if not given regular water. And watering in winter is just as important. JUSTIN RUSSELL explains here.
Cucumbers can be planted in spring, summer and autumn in the tropics and subtropics; summer and early autumn elsewhere.
Luscious figs have gone out of favour because their easily bruised flesh is not popular with supermarkets who need to transport them long distances. Grow your own and enjoy their full flavour.
If you are determined to grow tomatoes, why not try some of the wonderful array of heirloom varieties with diverse colours and flavours. JUSTIN RUSSELL writes that you can even plant them as late as May. Read his blog here.
Almonds are a nutritious crop that is also drought-hardy and tough.
Radishes and lettuces
Radishes and lettuces: there is nothing better for a fresh salad. Read JUSTIN RUSSELL's blog about warming winter salads here.
Digging up your own home-grown spuds is incredibly satisfying. JUSTIN RUSSELL gives some timely tips, here.
Peter Cundall shows off his giant Winter Squash, also known as ‘Golden Hubbard’. These bright golden types of pumpkin can grow up to 20kg.
These purple carrots are among the many heirloom varieties now enticing home gardeners.