Quirky Quandongs

Quirky Quandongs

Truly the best native fruiting plants of arid areas of Victoria, SA and NSW, the Quandong, or Native Peach, Santalum acuminatum, is rarely seen today. A small, slightly weeping tree, with narrow grey-green leaves, they are parasitic plants, so are not simple plants to...
What a cute little beetle, but is it friend or foe?

What a cute little beetle, but is it friend or foe?

There are so many interesting and colourful bugs in our gardens and in our countryside, but it’s hard to know when they are something to be appreciated or feared. I know when I find a cluster of beetles or unknown insects in my garden, I am usually a bit suspicious,...
Avocado Varieties For Cool Climates

Avocado Varieties For Cool Climates

Those of you who know me and my garden will be well aware of how much I love avocados and it would be easy to think that the first time they planted these that they magically and quickly produced, however this was certainly not the case.  It took many years of trial...
To mulch or not to mulch?

To mulch or not to mulch?

Surely that’s not a question you think? Mulching is such an accepted practice in modern gardening, that querying this is surely sacrilegious! Gardening habits, like others in our lives, develop over time as society does. Gardening articles and texts are often...
Untangling tomatoes – why dwarf tomatoes are the future

Untangling tomatoes – why dwarf tomatoes are the future

We gardeners choose our plants carefully, curating the heights and widths of plants and visualising how they’ll fit together in our gardens when fully grown. For most garden plants it’s easy to find information on their dimensions, from labels, internet searches or...
Stop the rot

Stop the rot

With above average rainfall, as temperatures increase, so too will a range of fungal and mildew diseases on our plants, but particularly on our vegetable gardens. Keeping your soil and plants healthy with organic growing techniques will help them be more resistant to...