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.


Monday, August 10, 2020

Vegie Patch Basics - 4 (Aug-Sep)

This fourth episode in the Vegie Patch Basics series looks at the many things that can be done in Tasmanian vegie gardens in August and September, months that on our island surrounded by southern oceans, are often dominated by an unpredictable mix of wind, cold weather, sun and rain.


Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Online food garden chat July 2020

On Sunday 19 July 2020 the Food Garden Group's third online food garden chat took place. We talked about compost heaps, hay and straw, pruning an espaliered fruit tree, pruning raspberries and blueberries, and how to use seaweed and sea grass. See below for a summary of the discussions.

Monday, June 22, 2020

Online Food Garden Chat June 2020

On Sunday 21 June 2020 the Food Garden Group's second online food garden chat took place. We talked about frost, passion fruit, globe artichokes, avocados, broccoli, garlic, neighbours, timing of sowing and planting, and the influence of temperature.  See below for a summary of the discussions.


Thursday, June 18, 2020

Food Garden Calendar

This calendar lists, for every month of the year, food garden tasks that are best done at that time.  It covers sowing, planting, pest control, fruit, berries, pruning, soil improvement, perennial food plants and general food garden maintenance. 
The calendar may serve as a memory jogger for experienced food gardeners. It may be very useful for  beginning food gardeners and those who are new to Tasmania’s unique climate. 


Saturday, May 30, 2020

Online Food Garden Chat May 2020

On Sunday 17 May 2020 the Food Garden Group's first-ever online food garden chat took place. We talked about aphids in Brussels Sprouts, biochar, improving soil, weed mat, wicking beds, moving an olive tree and carrots.  See below for a summary of the discussions.