Thursday, August 17, 2017

A wildlife-proof garden

Mandy lives on the edge of a country town in an area with lots of bush, paddocks, wallabies, possums, birds of prey and other wildlife. This blog post describes the netted enclosure and garden Mandy created. It might inspire people who live in similar environments because it demonstrates that fruit, vegetables, ornamentals and chooks can all be safe in areas where there is plenty of wildlife.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Controlling curly leaf

Curly leaf can have a devastating impact on stone fruit trees in spring. This blog post discusses methods for preventing curly leaf, looks at what to do once you have it, and discusses organic ways of dealing with this garden pest.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Outsmarting the codling moth

Codling Moth infestations were really bad in Tasmania last summer. This post explains the Codling Moth’s life cycle and a range of pest control measures that can be put in place to make the coming fruit season much more successful.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Starting a New Food Garden

A few months ago someone asked me in an email ‘I have recently moved to a new property and want to put in a little vegie garden. Where do I start?‘ This blog post describes what I would do if I had the opportunity to start a small food garden from scratch.

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?