Plant Guides

Scapes to Flakes: Growing Garlic
Plant Guides · 27. April 2021
Garlic is a long growing journey, taking place during the coldest of months. In our cold temperate climate, Garlic is the standout hero. Garlic is born to grow here. It suits this climate, well, down to the ground! Garlic does like a cold, reasonably wet and long winter, so down here in the south east of Australia, it makes sense that there are many garlic farms here. Last year, we got our best crop ever, and rainfall was above our 1000ml average for the year. So the garlic (...)
Pot luck: Growing successful container tomatoes.
Plant Guides · 13. October 2020
Growing tomatoes in pots differs only a little bit from growing them in a raised vegetable garden bed. The main differences are to remember to keep them watered (but water the pot, not the leaves from above) and to fertilise them frequently as they will be most likely potted into store-bought mix, and not have access to the vast nutrients that are in soil. (...)

Bliss out in the garden with Chamomile.
Plant Guides · 20. August 2020
Disguised as a cheerful flower, chamomile relaxes the stomach and supports digestion, as well as being anti-inflammatory. Find out how to grow these and more about them in this blog post. (...)
Hardy heirlooms "Court Jester" French Marigolds
Plant Guides · 11. August 2020
How does 9 months of colour sound? Check out this great growing guide: The French Marigold is certainly one of the most planted annual flowers in the whole wide world. They have a fabulous reputation as a stand out companion plant for vegetables, such as tomatoes, and are used by cottage gardeners to attract important and much loved pollinators like bees and butterflies(...)

Sages for Smudges
Plant Guides · 10. March 2020
To make the most of the herbs and sages I have been growing in the garden, I decided to look into making smudges and using them to provide calm in my home. Read on to see how I got on...
Adding Elderberry to the spring time garden.
Plant Guides · 11. August 2019
The underrated Elderberry shrub (Sambucus Nigra), with it’s white delicious plumes of Elderflowers, is a meaningful addition to any edible garden of note. It’s berry’s may not be as delicious straight off the tree, it’s akin to a watery blackberry, but once the dark purple blackening berry is stewed into a concoction, it takes on a delicious richness that will satisfy and keep flu’s at bay for the winter months.

Snowball Cauliflower in the Winter garden.
Plant Guides · 28. May 2019
These Snowball Cauliflowers are my favourite because they do not take long at all to grow, they wont take up very much room in the garden and they are scrumptious.
Feed the bees all Winter long
Plant Guides · 16. May 2019
These are the best flowers to put into your garden this Winter to keep the bees fed and happy so they will keep coming back, and tell all their bee friends. What will you feed the bees during the winter?

Borage Bounty
Plant Guides · 23. July 2018
Ornamental and edible, the vintage cottage star flower called "Borage" is eye pleasing, culinary, medicinal and essential food for the bees that enter the garden. Here in Australia..
Hardy & Sweet Cucumbers that Keep
Plant Guides · 05. March 2018
Perfectly sized to be eaten by one person, the old heirloom variety called "Lemon Cucumber" (because of the colour of the skin, not taste) ticks all the boxes! It's prolific, easy to grow, even here in our cold temperate climate, and miraculously develops a thick skin once it's picked, but remains sweet and juicy on the inside, without a hint of bitterness at all! It also tends to have a longer growing period than other cucumbers.

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