Category Archives: Herbs

What to grow in October 2017

Make sure you save some of the best pods on your pea crop well before the crop has finished for seed to sow next year. Simple instructions can be found here: Saving pea seed Once again, there is not a … Continue reading

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What to grow in September 2017

September weather encourages many gardeners to start sowing. However, warm weather this month can suddenly turn into a cold snap. Keep an eye on seedlings and provide delicate species with a warm, sheltered spot before planting out when nights are … Continue reading

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What to grow in August 2017

In warm and some temperate climate zones, where days are warm but nights are still chilly, gardeners can get an early start on spring-summer vegetables and herbs by sowing seed in containers in a cold frame. Instructions for an easy … Continue reading

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What to grow in July 2017

July plantings are very similar to those for June, but in areas experiencing very cold winters with late frosts peas can be planted later because pea plants are frost hardy but the flowers are not. Don’t forget to snap some … Continue reading

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Revised edition of my book

The 2012 edition on my book Easy Organic Gardening and Moon Planting has been re-printed with the section on Moon Phases and Best Gardening Days updated to the end of 2022. This book is not just about growing food – … Continue reading

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Heat wave help

  With high temperatures predicted for many areas of mainland Australia this week, I would like to remind you that you can find tips on helping your garden to survive extremely hot temperatures here: Heat wave protection

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Zing ginger

Recently, I received a sample of certified-organic Zing ginger, and it certainly suits its name. It was grown on Bauer’s Organic Farm in the Lockyer Valley. Rob Bauer is a very knowledgeable and dedicated certified-organic farmer and I always look … Continue reading

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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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Watering in drought conditions

This week, two readers have asked me about garden problems caused by lack of water. As you know, it is extremely difficult to keep gardens well-watered in drought conditions. However, as plants can only absorb the nutrients they need for … Continue reading

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Bees welcome

 Although we do not use pesticides, in recent years we have noticed fewer bees in our garden. In response we have set up a hive under a white mulberry tree, and added a ‘bee garden’ in a corner of our … Continue reading

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