My Favourite Biological Brew

The health of all life above ground – you, me and our crops included, rests on the shoulders of the trillions of tiny organisms – the bacteria, fungi, protozoa, nematodes et all that inhabit healthy soil. These microscopic critters are in constant motion performing checks and balances that counteract our often diabolical actions and restore […]

March In The Vegie Patch

Clear starry nights, cool, dewy mornings and that special golden hue in the evening sky are all signs that Autumn is moving in. Those cool mornings and nights slowly begin to cool the soil, which in turn slows soil life + plant growth. May plantings take much longer to mature than April plantings, taking longer […]

Top up your Dung Heap

Back in the day everyone had a dung heap. Before there were blue pills for gardens, there were cow do’s. And the cow do’s win (though don’t be poo-ist, whatever do’s you can get your hands on are great). Rotten manure grows the best soil,  the best vegies and the best roses. A dung heap […]

Soil Prep for Winter Crops

Hungry winter crops like leeks, broccoli and cabbage need awesome soil. Check in with it before planting out by grabbing a handful and squeezing it. If it looks kinda like the picture above – a nice moist crumbly chocolate brownie – then you are on a win. Further evidence of soil thats good enough to […]

Boozy, Roasted Stonefruit

Such a yum dessert and always popular with visitors who without fail want to know how to make it. You’d think such deliciousness was tricky, but this dessert is super quick to cobble together. Make it in the morning and leave the fruits to macerate in those yummy slightly boozy juices all day. The recipe […]

Natural, Simple Ways to Keep Your Soil in Good Heart

Keeping soil in good heart is tough when water has been sparse. By March, soil can be beaten and bruised making it tricky to get hungry winter brassicas planted out. Learning how to keep soil in good nick is the main part of our gardening journey. It takes time! So don’t beat yourself up if […]