Last week I took a drive with my good friend Jeanie to see the garden her parents have created over the last decade or so. They live about an hour from me, near Castlemaine in Victoria. They have creative a waterwise garden, a mediterranean idyll on a hillside in Victoria. Rather than their garden being a pastiche, Bill and Jane have managed through careful plantings of cypress pines and a combination of indigenous and local hedges and grasses to make an original space completely their own. . . . → Read More: An inspiring country garden near Castlemaine, Vic
Once you’ve decided where your vegetables are going to grow, it’s time to prepare the garden bed. If you are interplanting (putting herbs and vegetables among other plants in an existing bed), you’ll need to make sure that the garden bed has been well dug over to remove weeds. . . . → Read More: Some tips on building raised veggie garden beds
A few weeks ago I went with my friend Kellie to the famous Lambley Nursery in Victoria. This nursery has become a bit of a pin-up of the gardening world in Australia because of the painterly way the perennials are arranged in the garden. The miracle is that these plants are given only four deep soaks of water a year. . . . → Read More: A visit to Lambley Nursery
Many gardening books diss the ‘no-dig’ method and refer to this as lazy gardening. Who wants to spend hours every week weeding? Throw the mulch on and go have some fun with the kids. When you have finished your raised garden beds it is possible to easily establish a ‘No-Dig’ garden. . . . → Read More: Introducing the ‘No-Dig’ vegetable patch
Time is the most important thing to consider if you have kids and you are considering growing your own fruit and veggies. Work out what tasks you will have to do every week, namely watering, weeding, checking for pests and harvesting when the plants are ripe. . . . → Read More: What time and space do you have for a garden?
Once you have worked out the best position to grow your vegetables, the next issue is how? . . . → Read More: Some thoughts on designing a veggie patch
You can overcome space limitations with a lot of imagination. Herb and vegetable foliage are as beautiful as any ornamental plant. The biggest issue with pots is that plants dry out far more quickly than those planted in garden beds. . . . → Read More: Growing your kitchen garden in containers (and small spaces)