Thursday, November 17, 2016

Marvelous Manure

Manure is nature's best fertiliser.  For as long as farms have had sheep, cows and chooks, manure has been used to fertilise food gardens. But are all manures of equal value? And how should we use manure on our gardens?

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Growing Vegetables South of Australia

Under the tittle Growing Vegetables South of Australia Steve Solomon self-published in 2002 a book for Tasmanian food gardeners. Fourteen years later I very much recommend the 6th edition of this book if you are (what the writer calls) a serious gardener who is keen to produce healthy nutrient-dense food, or like to give a great present to someone who is.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Tomato workshop notes

Denis M has grown thousands of tomatoes from seed every year for many years to sell and raise funds for a school in Africa.  In a recent Food Garden Group workshop he showed his methods and tools.  Over two sessions participants discussed growing tomatoes from seed to crop in great detail.  Denis gave us two handouts that are shown below.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Microbes in your soil

In this blog post Letetia Ware explains how to make bokashi, and also a simple fermented liquid, a simple fungi-rich compost and potting soil.  It documents information provided by her during the Food Garden Group's 2016 winter workshop.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

How to build a wicking bed

If you are thinking of adding a raised bed to your food garden, why not make it a wicking bed?  This blog post explains how to turn the normally useless bottom half of your raised bed into a water reservoir that will save you watering-time and water.

At a recent food garden visit host Tara explained the use of wicking beds and showed us several wicking beds in action.  People wanted to know more and the idea was born for a blog post that would explain how to construct one.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Growing Bananas in Hobart

In Tasmania banana plants are sometimes for sale in nurseries, but people who try to grow them in our climate never seem to have much success.  So I was a bit skeptical when Karen D, after recently joining the Food Garden Group, told me that she grows her own bananas.  In this blog post  Karen explains how she does it.

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Pruning Berries

As I get more varieties of berries in my garden, it becomes harder to remember how each variety should be pruned, so I decided to document what I knew, add more detail and ask others with expertise in this area for input and feedback. Here is the result.

Friday, April 1, 2016

Pruning potatoes - an experiment

Did your potatoes rise to great heights this season?  Did they block paths and make your potato patch an untidy mess?  A visitor to my garden suggested that I prune my potatoes.  Never before had I  heard of anyone doing this. Would it increase or decrease yield?  I decided to conduct a potato pruning experiment.