Tommy Toes

Tomato Experiment Update

April 4, 2012

JUSTIN RUSSELL updates his experiment in growing disease free tomatoes using four different methods.

Turnips & Parsnips

March 25, 2012

PETER CUNDALL says easy-to-grow ‘old-fashioned’ turnips and parsnips are back in vogue with their distinctive flavours and textures.

How much shade can your vegies take?

March 20, 2012

We’ve heard it all before. Plant your vegies in a spot that gets at least 6-8 hours direct sun a day. But for many of us with small backyards, it’s just not practical. Shady PHIL DUDMAN  takes a good look at his own shady reality and suggests some crops that are ‘made in the shade’.

Autumn Pea Flowers

Green Peas

March 16, 2012

St Patrick's Day is traditionally regarded as the perfect time to plant ornamental sweet peas. JUSTIN RUSSELL argues that it's also the ideal time to plant edible peas in anticipation of an extended harvest.

Cabbage on my mind

March 8, 2012

The subtle chill of an early autumn morning has PHIL DUDMAN in a planting frenzy of all things Brassicaceae.

male pumpkin flower

Pumpkin Pimping

March 1, 2012

JUSTIN RUSSELL outlines a simple technique to ensure your pumpkin, melon and other cucurbit vines set masses of tasty fruit, even when the bees decide to stay at home.

spring onions

Why spring onions are undervalued

February 10, 2012

One of the best plants in the vegie patch is one of the least valued. JUSTIN RUSSELL makes the case for growing a year round supply of spring onions.

Howdy doodhi

January 27, 2012

The doodhis are coming thin and fast for SIMON WEBSTER.

How to Grow Organic Eggplant

January 17, 2012

Eggplant is the perfect summer crop for organic gardeners, but it doesn’t come without its challenges, says PHIL DUDMAN

Veg Garden Summer

Summer seed sowing

January 13, 2012

With the lazy days of summer well and truly upon us, it's time to do some relaxed pottering about the garden. JUSTIN RUSSELL suggests sowing seeds and planting seedlings in anticipation of a winter harvest.