A Short and Snappy Guide to Windbreaks

Why establish windbreaks? Because they: — allow gardens to grow without being beaten to death, — slow erosion, — increase pasture and production, — reduce stock losses, — protect plants, — habitat for wildlife and insects, — manage snow, — can provide fodder, food crops, timber or fuel, — improve work conditions. Windbreak components Height, […]

Garlic Planted

Ya’know how they say plant garlic on the shortest day, harvest on the longest? Well, that’s never really worked for me. I always got such tiny, squiddly little bulbs that I simply couldn’t be bothered using them for cooking. Last year, when I left my bulbs in the ground longer, I got better results. And […]

Phytoph-Tora: the plant destroyer – Lessons in early childhood gardening for a non-parent

Ever ready to take up the challenge of getting someone excited about gardening and growing food, I offered to look after my neighbour’s sweet little one-year-old, Tora while I was planting my green garden the other day. The kid was hanging out, looking for a good time while all her mum really wanted to do […]

Mildew Spray

So much for summer – we’ve been inundated with misty overcast horrible grey days and the wind has knocked the stuffing out of my plants. First sunny dry day, I’ll be out there cut things back, allowing air to circulate, clearing out detritus and generally cleaning up. I suspect I’ll also need a bucket-load of […]