Friday, March 17, 2017

Getting the Best out of your Fig Tree - Part 2

Food Garden Group member Richard Kent is an experienced fresh fig and fig tree grower who has grown figs for over a decade. In this blog post he shares what he has learnt over the last few years.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Mulching - Why and How

Many food gardeners have strong opinions about mulching and garden writers report heated discussions on the subject.  Not here.  This blog post will hopefully be an interesting but uncontroversial read.  It might even change the way you use mulch in your food garden.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Eating Weeds

Last year, after reading a book on the subject, Food Garden Group member Lian raved about eating weeds on our Food Gardeners Tasmania facebook page.  I invited her to write a blog post about eating weeds that commonly occur in Tasmanian gardens.  Food for free.  Here is what Lian wrote:

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.