Pump Up Your Fruit Production

Today I’m sharing a September task that’ll really up your fruit production. It’s time to tie down young branches, to change their direction from up to out. Especially important on young fruit trees that you are shaping into perfect specimens. Also for older trees that have had an old branch removed and a newbie has […]

August in the Vegie Patch

August Garden Tasks Your Pre-Spring Seed Sowing Check List Ain’t it great when seeds and seedlings are back! Clean your seedtrays. Just use water and a stiff scrubbing brush, then leave them out in the sun. Once upon a time I would have rolled my eyes at such advice, thinking it over fussy, prissy. It […]

Get The Chooks On The Job!

Every autumn I sow a mustard greencrop in the greenhouse beneath the tomatoes and peppers. Mustard for soil is like lemon juice for livers – a deep cleanse, (or biofumigant if you want the techy term). A soil cleanse like this is especially important where the solanaceae family (tomatoes, peppers, eggplants) has been. Come July, […]

August In The Orchard

If you blink you’ll miss it! The early plums are on the move, brewing up another batch of beautiful blossom. For those of you pondering copper sprays – this is your sign to get ready, the moment is nigh. Take a quiet wander in your fruit trees to see which trees are beginning to roll […]

Easy Peasy Crop Rotation

One of my favourite winter jobs is planning my crop rotation (garden nerd alert!) Working out how much of each crop we need, and when and where it all gets planted to ensure a daily harvest year round while looking after my soil. Excitement for crop planning took a while to dawn. For many years […]

Broccoli and Leek Tart

A quick and easy tart jam packed with broccoli – perfect for using up the forest of broccoli shoots that fill the winter garden (and a fresh take on broccoli for dinner!). Add some sweet sweet leeks, and encase it all in my buttery, machine free pastry = tea time heaven. Grease a loose bottom, […]