Gardening Experiences That Worked and Some That Didn't

These are all real life gardening experiences.

Food Future

From sitting back and looking at the state of things in the world, I am coming to the opinion that the future of food is going to be tied up in the hands of corporations. And if you look back on the history of corporations, you find that they have no soul or heart....

How To Grow Turmeric

It has taken me a couple of years learning how to grow turmeric. It probably took me this long because I didn't bother finding anything about how it grows or the best way to grow it. So if you are thinking of growing turmeric for its health benefits here...

Smashed Avocado – Grow Your Own

Is there anything better than smashed avocado fresh off your own tree? Looking out my computer area window and all I see is an old palm that has seen better days with a china mushroom at the base of it. Time to do something about making it a better view. And what...

Too Much Too Easy

Went to Eat Street Northshore today and had a pleasant time wandering around the food vendors on the banks of the Brisbane River near the cruise terminal. While there I tried a few of the different dishes from the Japanese pizza, to the salt and pepper...

Cover Crops

Cover crops are one of the easiest ways to build up your soil, protect it from the sub-tropical winter dry weather and early Spring heat. They also attract worms and soil microbes and they can be chopped in to add organic matter as well as having a root system that as...

Seeds Or Seedlings

Is it better to use seeds or seedlings? If you haven't planned in advance the decision is easy to make, get some seedlings. But if you have planned your calendar for raising seedlings and planting out, there are still times when it is better and more cost effective to...

Protected Crops

To Spray or Not To Spray Do I spray? That is the constant question running through the mind of the home gardener. On the one hand is the want to grow organic produce without the use of chemicals and fungicides. Deep inside there is an intuitive knowledge that tells...

Chipper Mulcher Update

It's been a while since I did an update on the Chinese chipper mulcher I purchased about three years ago. It gets used about twice a year and what has surprised me is that every time I wheel it out, it starts first time. I haven't had to charge the battery, just check...

Why they hill up potatoes

Volunteer Potatoes A few of last year’s potatoes decided to reshoot in the bed that I wanted to grow corn this year. I dug them out to see if there were any potatoes worth salvaging. Unfortunately the bed was quite hard and the potatos had a hard job growing into the...

Angled Luffa – The Green Wall

Remember the instant trellis. Now it is the angled luffa green wall. The house behind it hadn't started being built when I took the photo of the instant trellis. I have had some angled luffa seeds for a couple of years now purchased from Green Harvest. The packet said...

Dante and Gardening

I have just finished reading Inferno by Dan Brown. For those who don't know, the author uses Dante's Divine Comedy as a backdrop for a really good read. It took me a while to pick this one up (it was released in 2013) as I wasn't too fussed about reading another of...

Comfrey – a great liquid fertiliser

Comfrey is a forgotten hero of the gardening world. It has a higher fertilizer analysis than most animal manures and compost. It has a tap root that goes metres into the earth and drags up minerals. I grow it at the edge of my bed as it is very good at suppressing...

Egg Fruit

Yes, I know nearly everyone calls them egg plants. But have a think about it for a minute. I am talking about the fruit that is on the plant. So what would that be? Egg plant fruit? Hence, I call them egg fruit. Have a look at this Lebanese egg plant. Hasn't it got...

Instant Trellis

Castoffs Make an Instant Trellis I have been thinking about how to build a trellis for the climbing plants I want to grow. Plants like cucumber, climbing beans, some Asian climbing plants and maybe some gourds. I needed a fairly strong trellis and was thinking that a...

It’s not all Beer and Skittles

Gardening is a learning curve and the best way to get better at it is to keep doing it and try and keep some records so you can look back and see what works at what time of year. You will get failures along the way, but they are one step in finding out what grows well...

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