How To Grow Beetroot

Beetroot is such a sweet crop. Virtues abound for the grower and the cook. Beets are undemanding on the soil, grow quickly, not bothered by pest or disease, use hardly any space and get on well with everyone – all in all easy peasy … or is it? Some of you are having beetroot traumas. […]

The Genius of Living Mulch

Soil that’s undercover, hums with life. In this cool, moist environment mineral exchange and immunity are high. Whether mulch is inert – hay, straw, woodchip or living – or a living cover of plants, doesn’t matter. I use a mixture … either way works. Though living mulch has a few trumps – diversity and all […]

December In The Vegie Patch

A daily stroll is your secret garden weapon this December. Catching problems when they’re small makes for simple solutions = a peaceful easy life.  Pinching little laterals off your tomatoes and peppers leaves tiny wounds that heal in a flash and prevent viruses and bacteria getting in. Squashing little groups of aphids or a few […]

Make Your Summer Garden Better

Gardens go up a gear in December – plants, seeds, weeds, pests, the good and bad. Everything starts to zoom along. Keep everything in top health and pest epidemics at bay with a daily garden walk. Sort stuff there and then. If done daily, it’s easy little stuff – little weeds, little pests, little bits […]

For Less Disease + Better Vegies – Water Like a Pro

Sometime this month or next we’ll be gearing up for watering. Before summer hits proper I want to encourage you to ponder the way you water. In part to conserve this precious resource, but also to improve the overall health of your gardens. Overwatering creates fungus and encourages sappy, pest prone foliage. Underwatering means minerals […]

SOLD OUT! The Organic Greenhouse Workshop

Due to popular demand I’m running a second greenhouse workshop on Sunday December 1 9:00 am – 11:30 am. Price $70. Here’s the lowdown The greenhouse is my saviour! A toasty warm environment that extends the season an extra 3 months either side, allowing me to easily provide homegrown vegetables for the family year round. It is […]