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Taking stock

Today I got another five robinia seedlings transplanted. That makes a couple of dozen, now, I think. About half the western fenceline is planted out and waiting for spring. As I was digging the holes for them it began to … Continue reading

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Autumn

We’ve been having some absolutely gorgeous days recently. Cool evenings and lovely warm sunny days. After a couple of years of building up the little veggie patch, it’s finally getting somewhere. And I’m getting to know the soil and the … Continue reading

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Growing lettuce in pots

Recently a search turned up in the stats, someone was asking if cos lettuce can be grown in a 6 inch pot. The answer is yes! My experience has been that even in deep, rich composted soil lettuce, rocket, coriander … Continue reading

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Gardens for small spaces

Not having a big yard may not be a barrier to having a bit of a garden. If you’ve been wondering about all this home grown stuff, but don’t have a yard, you can still have a play. (My theory … Continue reading

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Backyard chickens, free range eggs

Having chickens in the backyard is an idea that’s making quite a comeback in many suburbs in Australia. We haven’t had any since the move and I’m finding myself missing them more and more. Last week I finally lashed out … Continue reading

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New garden beds

For the past couple of weeks I’ve been (slowly) trying to expand the veggie growing space in the yard. There’s a spot down the West side of the house that gets plenty of sun and has an old garden bed … Continue reading

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Autumn weeds and grass in a large yard.

Out here in rural Victoria we only have ADSL access, which at times runs very, very slowly. It would be great to be able to do more videos of the gardening, however, six minutes of footage can take five hours … Continue reading

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Propagating plants from root cuttings and division

While nothing beats growing from seed for both selective breeding and preserving genetic diversity, when you don’t have any seeds to hand cuttings and root cuttings can be a great way to enlarge your garden for free. The comfrey out … Continue reading

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Treating garden pests: aphids

After the cucumber vines were treated for mildew, they greened up a little but didn’t really bounce back. Today the culprit was discovered… Black aphids all over the undersides of the leaves and in the flower buds. There’s too many … Continue reading

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Treating garden pests: Cabbage white butterfly

This little sucker is probably one of the most hated pests in all of gardenhood. The cabbage white butterfly, Pieris rapae. It was introduced to Australia accidentally and rapidly became a notorious pest. Every Summer they come in waves, laying … Continue reading

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