January Gardening Guide

January Gardening Guide

We are changing the format of our gardening guide (slowly!) and would love your feedback and comments on its usefulness… Cool Temperate Garden WHAT TO PLANT? There are two main planting focuses for January in the cool temperate garden: Succession and replacement planting of your summer vegies, including: Carrots, beetroot, radish, turnip, lettuce (chill the… View more

What are Wicking Beds?

What are Wicking Beds?

Picture credit: http://www.thedesertecho.com Wicking beds. They seem to be the latest buzz in the gardening world. Great idea for conserving water in the summer months. Know what they are? I didn’t. Until very recently. Someone suggested we build our new garden beds as wicking beds, so I thought I had better find out what they were. You’ve… View more

December Gardening Guide

December Gardening Guide

[h4]MEDITERRANEAN climate[/h4]   Zone 0: Planning is well underway for the heat of summer – collecting jars and bottles for the summer fruit harvest, while Mum’s jam making has continued unabated from winter’s citrus marmalades through to loquat jam and jelly, mulberry jam and now cape gooseberry jam… I can feel the anticipation as everyone awaits… View more

October Gardening Guide

October Gardening Guide

[h4]MEDITERRANEAN climate[/h4]   Zone 1: Perennial herbs are making their spring comeback: mint, sage, thyme are all taking off. Broad beans are up to shoulder height and it’s time to start picking the beans (some of them, as always, were meant be green manure but didn’t get dug in in time!). Lettuces, parsley and beets… View more

September Gardening Guide

September Gardening Guide

[h4]MEDITERRANEAN climate[/h4]   Zone 0: Just when I ought to be getting my spring planting organised, I’m preoccupied with heading off for permaculture training – more on that later! Zone 1: Raised garden beds have had a quick sprinkle of seeds for a few more leafy greens before they get warm enough for the solanum vegies. The… View more

June Gardening Guide

June Gardening Guide

[h4] MEDITERRANEAN Climate[/h4] Zone 0: The laundry is littered with wax from what was probably the last honey extraction for the season. Never say never though. With another unseasonally warm and dry autumn just drawing to a close, who knows what the blossoms – and hence the bees – will be up to next? Meanwhile… View more

May Gardening Guide

May Gardening Guide

[h4]TROPICAL climate[/h4] May in the Tropical garden Zone 0: The wet season officially ended at the end of April and the sea surface temperature is below 27 deg C so that is the end of the cyclone season for this year. The humidity is decreasing and the mould will stop growing in the bathroom. Zone… View more

April Gardening Guide

April Gardening Guide

[h4]TROPICAL climate[/h4] Zone 0: Time to sort the seeds you’ve been saving in the crisper of your fridge. Sort them into date order and plant the oldest first.  You can still order seeds by mail-order and they will be with you in a few days. Zone 1: Now is the best time to plant the… View more

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