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Potatoes

Potatoes

Potatoes have been a staple in our diet for hundreds of years. Growing them is easy, so why not start thinking about producing your own home grown potatoes. For those who love their spuds,…

Sweet Potatoes

Sweet Potatoes

Ipomoea batatas Also known as Kumera, a perennial trailing tuber, developing over the warmer months. Plant in spring and harvest 4 to 6 months after planting. Highly digestible, rich in vitamin C,…

July in your garden

July in your garden

Winter can be a challenge, but it sure puts a rosy hue in your cheeks when you rug up, brave the elements and go about doing some of those winter gardening tasks which have been beckoning from…

Tomatoes

Tomatoes

Who doesn’t love a tomato? Delicious home grown tomatoes are easy to grow, taste great, and you control what gets sprayed on them, if anything at all. Late October to early November is the…

Companion Planting

Companion Planting

Many vegetables grow well with other plants in the garden and, using a few basic principles, organic gardeners can really have nature on their side in the biological control of pests. The most…

Eggplant

Eggplant

Eggplants (Solanum melongena), also known as aubergines, are a member of the Nightshade (Solanaceae) family to which tomatoes, potatoes and peppers also belong. They are not a naturally occurring…

August in your garden

August in your garden

Well, the last weeks of winter are finally here, with the scent of Wattle signalling the promise of spring just around the corner. The first Magnolias are in flower and the gold and purple of…

Produce Gardening in Small Spaces

Produce Gardening in Small Spaces

We do not all have access to large sunny gardens or even any garden at all. If you would like to grow food at home but feel like you don’t have the room, help is at hand. If you have a small…

Leeks

Leeks

One of the great versatile vegetables for cooler climates. They do best with temperatures between 15 and 25 degrees C. Leeks are an easy to grow member of the Amaryllidaceae family, easier than the…

Bush Tomato

Bush Tomato

Solanum sp. This large genus provides the world with tomatoes, eggplants and potatoes. It has representatives in the Australian flora. The so called “Bush Tomato or Desert Raisin” is…

September in your garden

September in your garden

September is a magnificent month to be out in the garden. You can smell spring in the air and the soil is starting to warm up, just like us. Spring is the turning point for planting options……

May in your garden

May in your garden

Autumn foliage at its most stunning. The cold days and nights bring out the deep reds, translucent oranges and butter yellows in our wonderful deciduous trees. Take the time to enjoy autumn’s…

Garden Pest Control

Garden Pest Control

Effective and sustainable pest control for the garden. It is only within my lifetime that consumer standards have changed so dramatically to the point where there is currently an expectation that…

Pepino (Melon Shrub)

Solanum muricatum The Pepino is a small fruiting shrub and a member of the solanaceae family (Tomatoes, eggplants and potatoes). It is a tough perennial bush which will produce fruit for a period of…

Insect Repellent Plants

Insect Repellent Plants

Natural Insect Repellents… Plants, recipes and ideas I was amused, reading an article that stated “the success of insect repellent plants is part folklore, part experience and part…

Grow Tunnels

Grow Tunnels

Up until now we have been using these cloche hoops with netting to protect the vegies from birds, possums and cabbage moth. Our ever adventurous Dennis recently used the hoops with UV resistant…

Strawberries

Strawberries

Nothing compares to the taste of homegrown strawberries, and those monster things you buy in punnets at the shops are generally a poor (and expensive) imitation. So, why not grow some strawberries…

Tamarillos

Tamarillos

Solanum betaceum For those of you who may not have the greenest of thumbs, here is a perfect productive plant for you to try growing. The tamarillo, sometimes called the Tree Tomato, is a member of…