Sunday, March 7, 2021

Quick Guide to Pruning Fruit Trees

Here are short to-the-point tips for pruning of Apple and Pear, Apricot, Citrus, Fig, Loquat, Peach and Nectarine, and Plum trees.

An apple at the end of a spur

Tuesday, February 9, 2021

Vegie Patch Basics - 7 (Feb-Mar)

This last article in the Vegie Patch Basics series discusses what to do in your food garden in February and March, plus what to do at the end of the season to get ready for the next one. This article completes the one-year Vegie Patch Basics series, an introductory look at growing vegetables, that started in April last year.


Monday, January 25, 2021

Handling organic materials

Gardening improves the health and wellbeing, both physically and mentally, of millions of people around the world. But some gardening practices can in rare cases makes people ill. This blog post aims to make you aware of how to best handle soil, mulch, compost, manure, hay and other organic materials. If you follow a few rules, then handling these materials will be very safe!

Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Vegie Patch Basics - 6 (Dec - Jan)

The December to January part of the food garden season is a busy time in the food garden. Vegie Patch Basics - 6 covers this period and aims to help you make your food garden even more productive and successful.
Pink Eye potato flowers

Friday, November 20, 2020

Deep hay mulching 3 years later

Three years ago I put together blog post What is deep hay mulching? It is a great way to save water and improve soil fertility. Recently someone on the Food Garden Group Facebook page wanted to know what those who used the method three years ago had learned. I decided to find out. Here is the result.

Saturday, October 24, 2020

Fruit - Apricots

Apricots are at their best when picked ripe and eaten soon after, and that means that ideally you have your own apricot tree. Add to that the fact that most shop-bought apricots are grown to look appetising when displayed rather than taste well, and you have two very good reasons why every food garden should have an apricot tree!
photo 1: Moorpark apricots

Thursday, September 24, 2020

Vegie Patch Basics - 5 (Oct-Nov)

Spring opens up great opportunities for growing vegetables, but the tricky Tasmanian climate makes timing really important.  This fifth post in the Vegie Patch Basics series covers the October - November period.  It aims to help you decide what to grow, and when to sow and plant it.


Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Online food garden chat August 2020

On Sunday 16 August 2020 the Food Garden Group's last online food garden chat for the 2020 winter season took place. We talked about snow peas and peas, beans, biochar, green manure, Oxalis, citrus fruit, Chilean Guava and the layering propagation method. Below is a summary of the discussions.