Saturday, September 15, 2018

Why Green Manure?

Many of us only have a small food garden, so why would we ever grow a crop, and then chop it to bits and leave it on the ground, or dig it in, before it has given us a crop? Why bother?

Monday, September 3, 2018

Start of Season workshop 2018

It was the start of Spring 2018, time for a Food Garden Group’s Start of Season workshop.  The topics of this year’s presentation by Christina Giudici were propagation, seed raising mixes, potting soils, rooting hormone and biochar. This blog post documents some of what Christina covered in her workshop.

Monday, July 30, 2018

Controlling Pear and Cherry Slugs

Last season during food garden visits I saw many fruit trees devastated by Pear and Cherry Slugs. Ideally action against this pest begins in winter and if continued during the season can result in complete removal of the pest, and a return to healthy leaves and good crops.

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Preserving Your Harvest

Food Garden Group member Margie M shared her extensive knowledge of preserving in a workshop for those with limited or no preserving experience.

Monday, February 12, 2018

Sharing our Hothouse Skills no.2

A meeting of members interested in hothouses last winter was followed by a second session on the subject in the middle of summer. We looked at the host’s hothouse, and everyone had the opportunity to ask hothouse-related questions or discuss successes and failures in their hothouse. This blog post focuses on three topics that were discussed and that might be of interest.

Thursday, January 25, 2018

What is Deep Hay Mulching?

What is deep-hay mulching, and what might be the benefits for food gardens? One of our members spoke highly of the method a few years ago. Then another member took it on in the hope that it would improve her food garden. Always keen to learn, I found out more.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Food Garden Calendar

This is a brave attempt to list in short dot points what you could do in your food garden and when it might be the best month to do it.

They may help beginning food gardeners and also assist those who are not used to Tasmania’s unique weather.  Experienced gardeners might like to use these dot points as memory joggers.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Making Your Own Seed Tapes

Thinning seedlings out in the garden is one of my least favourite garden jobs, so when Food Garden Group member Margie M commented that she now no longer may have to thin seedlings, I was immediately interested. In this blog post Margie explains her method.