from garden…

thyme and raspberry flowers from the garden
WE GROW FOOD – not everything, just the achievable stuff. Our aims for the garden are to save money, avoid packaging, enjoy our place, gift and share, and work within our climate. Find stories here to take snack-size steps with us in your garden towards those aims. More than that, we hope you will thoroughly enjoy it.

Explore and ask questions. Please do tell us about your garden progress and ask questions in the comments sections, so we know what stories you like and would like next, and of course contact us any time.

Explore and ask questions. Please do tell us about your garden to plate progress and ask questions in the comments sections, so we know what stories you like and would like next, and of course contact us any time.

Trenching garden bed waste

Trenching garden bed waste

Aside from collecting scraps etc. from the kitchen, the other MAJOR source of organics (plant matter) that we use to improve and build great soil in the garden is the exact stuff that took the nutrients out of that garden space in the first place. Here is how..

Bandicooting

Bandicooting

Superkeen to taste your new potatoes but not ready to dig up the whole lot yet? Bandicoot a few instead.

boom & bust

boom & bust

This story is for Rosalyn, who asked ‘Why do the fruit trees sometimes have lots and sometimes fruit hardly at all? Grab a cuppa and take a seat – this is a long one.

berry tidy bed

berry tidy bed

Once in Spring or Summer we tidy the berry bed. We have strawberries and blueberries in together because they enjoy the same conditions. It’s not a complete pull-through, just routine stuff that takes about an hour, tops. Come see how.

level zero sweetcorn

level zero sweetcorn

With a greenhouse, you can jumpstart sweetcorn seeds way back in October. With seed, you can start in November, but this is Level Zero – we grow corn for the first few years with the most simple methods to experience success and learn basic essential skills. Let’s go.

Zucchini experiment 2020

Zucchini experiment 2020

Every year we experiment with new ideas and ways to push the food-growing envelope. We have successes and failures. Plenty of failures. Sometimes though, we slam dunk a winner, and a lot of our growing practices come from incorporating them into the seasonal calendar.

marigolds in spring for pollinators

marigolds in spring for pollinators

Marigolds – so sunny and bright and a must-have in your Level Zero garden. The seeds are like funny little sticks. In fact they hardly look like seeds at all, but they grow strong and fragrant, attracting helpful critters and making the mischievious ones less than comfortable.

homemade cotton ties

homemade cotton ties

Reclaimed compostable cotton handy garden ties – free and so easy to make. Here is how…

easy and free paper pots

easy and free paper pots

Make paper pots for your seedlings to plant directly into the garden; no special tools required.

Buath Gurru – grass flowering season

Buath Gurru – grass flowering season

Days warm and the rain comes in fits and bursts. In fact, crazy November weather days can be hot, stormy, wet and full of pollen. This is the season of flowering grasses.

level zero nightshades

level zero nightshades

This is growing nightshades at Level Zero for absolute beginner gardeners. Learn to grow these, and the rest of the family will fall into place. The easiest to grow are the potatoes, and everyone wants tasty tomatoes too, so we start there. Let’s go.

Broadbean harvest

Broadbean harvest

Growing broadbeans is easy.. but harvest time can be overwhelming. Here is the easiest way to get those babies into the freezer to enjoy over weeks ahead.

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