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.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Safe Pest Control - Step 5 and 6

Best-practice safe pest-control for food-gardeners involves six steps (in this order):
  1. Make your food garden as healthy as possible 
  2. Don’t please your pests 
  3. Keep them out 
  4. Catch and remove 
  5. Is further action needed? 
  6. Use a low-impact pesticide 
Step 5 and 6 are discussed below.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Safe Pest Control - Step 3 and 4

Best-practice pest-control for food-gardeners involves six steps (in this order):

  1. Make your food garden as healthy as possible 
  2. Don’t please your pests 
  3. Keep them out 
  4. Catch and remove 
  5. Is further action needed? 
  6. Use a low-impact pesticide 
Step 3 and 4 are discussed below.

Friday, February 26, 2016

Safe Pest Control - Step 1 and 2

What to do about food garden pests if you don’t want to use chemical pesticides? This series of blog posts discusses pest control strategies that result in healthy produce without leaving harmful chemical residues.

Monday, January 25, 2016

Five Reasons to Grow your Own

With an abundance of perfect-looking fruits and vegetables for sale in supermarkets, why is growing your own becoming so popular?  Food gardening is becoming popular for at least five reasons:
  1. Home grown food often tastes better
  2. No pesticides, if you don't use any
  3. It's a great hobby
  4. No food miles
  5. It's a great skill to have
Let's have a look at these five reasons in more detail.