Category Archives: Garden projects

New edition of my book

The new edition of my book with moon planting to the end of 2022 is the only edition available to order, although some retailers have been slow in updating their websites. Buy the book

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Cloche for seedlings

With very cold weather set to continue over much of Australia for some time, gardeners can protect young seedlings with an easy-to-make cloche. This simple structure named for the French word for ‘bell’ keeps plants warm on chilly nights and … Continue reading

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School gardens update

Recently I visited Westport Public School at Port Macquarie to see their school garden. The garden is cultivated according to the lessons in the ‘Organic School Gardens’ program that I wrote for BFA and is available free to all Australian … Continue reading

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Sun and heat protection update

With much of southern Australia experiencing extreme weather conditions, providing some shade for the vege patch and sensitive parts of the garden can help save water while reducing plant stress. See: Sun and heat protection Mary recently posted a comment … Continue reading

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Sun and heat protection

Some parts of Australia have been enduring extremely hot weather recently and, apparently, there is more to come. Last summer, a period of intense heat caused scorching in many gardens. To protect our vege patch this summer, we have been … Continue reading

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Herb garden

Autumn is a good time in most Australian gardening zones for maintenance work in the garden. My kitchen herb garden needed a serious renovation after three of our chooks escaped from their run during summer and made a total mess … Continue reading

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Cloche for seedlings

Nights are still cold in many areas of Australia and New Zealand, which can delay planting of seedlings that love warmth. Cold soils delay root growth and frosts can permanently damage delicate seedling foliage. You can get an early start … Continue reading

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A simple cold frame

A cold frame will get your seedlings off to a flying start in spring. Cold frames don’t have to be complicated structures or require carpentry expertise. We make ours from some old bricks and windows, and a small quantity of … Continue reading

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Plastic PET bottles

It’s a shame to throw empty plastic soft drink and soda water bottles into the recycling bin because they have a number of uses in the garden. If you cut the base from each bottle, you have an instant miniature … Continue reading

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Plant protection

To protect our peas, beans, broad beans and corn from birds, we have to net the beds. We have started using supports made from lengths of polypipe slipped over the ends of metal star stakes, or strong wooden stakes. These … Continue reading

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