Friday, January 20, 2023

When Rust blows in

Rust is a fungus that manifests itself as yellow, red or rust-brown speckles on leaves and stems of plants. Rust loves wet warm conditions and is hard to get rid of once you have it. This blog post shows examples of Rust and offers organic strategies for containing it. 

Rust on broad beans

Monday, November 14, 2022

Fruit & Vegetables from South America

There are at least ten South American vegetables and fruits that can be grown in Tasmania. They are all worth considering because they are nutritious and add variety to your diet. Quite a few of them are rarely available in Tasmanian shops and markets. This makes it even more worthwhile to grow them yourself. Want to know your tomatillos from your tamarillos and tomatoes? Keep reading ...

Tuesday, September 6, 2022

Beneficial biochar

Biochar is one of many organic substances that can be added to soils to make them more fertile. What is it? What does it do? Why is it worth using it in addition to organic fertilisers? Where can you get it, or how can you make it yourself? 

Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Renewing an old raised garden bed

Sometimes you just have to start afresh. Jan R. gave an old tired raised garden bed a new lease of life, and look at the result!  She took photos along the way, and explains what she did.

Friday, April 22, 2022

Pest-Control Quick-Guide

Do you have a pest in your food garden, but you are not sure what it is, or you don't know what to do about it? Look through this pest-control quick-guide, and you may find to-the-point info and photos that give you the answers!

Monday, March 14, 2022

Homemade Pest Control Sprays

Make simple food-garden pest control  sprays at home, so you avoid the nasty chemicals that are present in many commercial products. These 'old as the road' recipes cost very little and have been effectively used by generations of food gardeners, without putting anything that is too poisonous to humans on your produce or in your soil.

Scale on a lemon tree

Monday, February 21, 2022

Compost heap and worm farm

What are the benefits of having a compost heap in your food garden? And how do these benefits compare with having a worm farm? So why do some food gardeners have both?

Thursday, December 9, 2021

A Taste of Beekeeping

In a recent FGG workshop participants joined experienced beekeepers Frank and Laura in an inspection of two well-established hives and two newly collected bee swarms. It was a fascinating afternoon that gave us a very good insight into what beekeeping is all about.