How to do a DIY Soil Test

Soil is the heart and soul of your food garden. The wellness of your soil dictates the wellness of your plants. How well is your soil? Is the ‘stuff’ you add to your soil improving its health? Or not? Is the money/time you are spending worth it? Or not? What does your soil need? These […]

For Less Disease + Better Vegies – Water Your Garden Like a Pro

Start the summer season with a new intention – to check the soil before you water your garden so that you only water when your soil needs it. Overwatering creates fungus and encourages sappy, pest prone foliage. Underwatering ergo dry soils – means minerals aren’t converted and plants are stressed. Either way soil life, the […]

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 […]

How to Prune Toms, Peppers + Aubergines

A single leader tomato is a very fine thing.  Easy to stake. Easy to pick. Easy to spot pests. Easy to spray. But most important of all in my high rainfall not reliably hot climate – plenty of airflow and sun for best health + ripening. Tomato Laterals + How to Remove Them The shoot […]

How to Prune Cucumbers + Melons

For best health plus the joy of a small footprint, grow vining small fruit cucurbits up strings or frames rather than along the ground. Prune them as single leaders, as per tomatoes. Easy to pick. Easy to spot pests. Easy to spray. In the protected environment of the greenhouse, I grow melons and cucumbers up […]

December in the Vegie Patch, Test your Soil, Water Right + Prune

Collaboration and diversity in the vegie patch are the keys to a highly productive, low input garden. Gone are the days of bare earth and worries of plant competition – jam it all in together my friends, so much goodness happens here! Above ground, the pests are confused, pollinators and predatory insects are seduced in […]