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What to grow in August 2018

Days are warmer, but nights are still chilly in Warm and some Temperate areas, many of which need rain. Applying organic mulch to garden beds now not only conserves soil moisture and deters weeds, it also insulates topsoil from temperature … Continue reading

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What to grow in July 2018

Chilly winter weather has begun with some areas already experiencing frosty nights. Frost damage is more likely to occur in parts of the garden where cold air cannot drain away. If plants in your garden have been damaged by frost, … Continue reading

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What to grow in June 2018

It is not too late in most areas to correct pale citrus leaves. These are usually caused by either magnesium or iron deficiency. See: Yellow or pale citrus leaves. Finally, cold weather is setting in, which means it is time … Continue reading

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Leaf-eating ladybird

This ugly little creature is the larva of the leaf-eating ladybird. Stressed plants in prolonged hot, dry conditions attract these pests. The larvae become almost black as they reach pupa stage. Both adults and larvae of leaf-eating ladybirds are particularly … Continue reading

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Blossom end rot

A common problem affecting otherwise healthy tomato and capsicum plants during heat waves is blossom end rot, where partly formed fruit develops a dark, sunken patch furthest from the stem. This is caused by calcium deficiency, and is not a … Continue reading

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What to grow in December 2017

With Christmas and holidays on the horizon, many of you won’t have a lot of time to spare for gardening, or even watering the garden. Setting up some shade for your garden beds now, will provide protection in the hottest … Continue reading

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Winter tomatoes

  There is nothing like the taste of vine-ripened tomatoes, and this is how my neighbour, Cheryl, keeps her tomatoes cropping through winter on the Mid-North Coast of NSW. The tomato plants self-seeded in the rose garden in front of … 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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Aubergine (eggplant)

Have you ever wondered why they were called eggplants? This variety is the reason. The small white fruit, which look like hens’ eggs hanging on a bush, has a delicious flavour but has been very difficult to find in recent … Continue reading

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