Food plants usually need quite a lot of water, they are generally shallow rooted and they need water to be productive. You can still have a water efficient garden using any of the following techniques. Hand watering works well with a few simple rules, don’t use thick or heavy mulch,
Pesticides and fertilisers upset the natural balance and kill both insects and the animals that feed on them. Birds, lizards and frogs will deal with most pest insects on their own and if you use herbicides you will kill them and often any creatures that live in water including fish and tadpoles.
Gardeners love gardening calendars. Sustainable Gardening Australia do a good one on their shop if you want a hard copy. For online calendars I love Gardenate, it is simply laid out and comprehensive for herbs and vegetables. The following selection is for temperate climates, south of about Sydney but Gardenate
Hot, lazy days are just around the corner. We will be taking cool drinks on the veranda because a good gardener gets ready for summer in Spring and then retires to the shade. Here are half a dozen hot tips so your garden stays cool. Get the right plants. Many wonderful plants are tough as nails and will not need any assistance.
The weather is definitely warming up now and if you find you have more energy there are some very useful things to do, some of them are fun too. Get ready for entertaining! Check to see if the outdoor furniture needs fresh paint Clean the BBQ, check the hose fittings, check the gas bottle How about shade? Dust off the market umbrella
As the days grow longer and warmer the plants in your garden may need additional watering. Some simple advice will help you use your valuable water to make a great garden. Before you even consider watering, push aside the mulch, stick your finger into the soil – if it is moist below the surface you don’t need to water.
How does laundry detergent stack up against the rest? Even if you aren’t using greywater, did you know there are some important reasons to use some detergents over others? Greywater is a great alternative source of water in dry weather. It includes water from the washing machine, shower or baths being reused in places like the garden.
I think late autumn and early winter is truly is one of my favourite times of the year. I love the beautiful display nature puts on for us to admire and I love the crispness as the summer heat subsides. My favourite F’s are at the market – figs and fennel – fantastic! Even though it is getting cooler, there is still so much you can do in
We want to thank the Mums this weekend for all their hard work with some gardening gift ideas. Breakfast Our daughter makes this breakfast on Mother’s Day and it never fails. Not gardening related? Think again! You’ll need your herb garden for this one.
It’s 40 degrees in Alice Springs with bright blue skies. It is raining in parts of northern Australia but Alice doesn’t get rain every year and with high temperatures and low humidity anything damp is oven baked pretty fast. Clothes dry on the line in the time it takes to have a meal. How do you garden in the desert? I was wondering how plants survive at all but there are