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.

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.

Garrawang – Kangaroo Apple season

Garrawang – Kangaroo Apple season

Long days, short nights, warm weather with the promise of dry thundery nighttime, increasing the risk of fire. Late-flowering Black Wattles, fruiting bushes and dry grasses for weaving.
We are on Kulin Country, and right now, December, is the local indigenous season of ‘Garrawang’ – Kangaroo Apple.

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.

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.

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.

Late SPRING IS FOR nightshades

Late SPRING IS FOR nightshades

What has a horse race got to do with tomatoes? It is all in the timing. Late Spring is for planting nightshades, so let’s get going.

ALLIUM HARVEST

ALLIUM HARVEST

It has taken us a while to settle on a harvest routine for alliums, but we got there. I need them LOFO (low-FODMAP), Hubby has a mix, and the kids love them any-which-way. How do we get the most out of alliums with such a high maintenance family? There is a way.

Our Australian Boot Jack

Our Australian Boot Jack

A gardener, a patternmaker and a foundry got together to make a traditional Boot Jack. That we know of, it is the only one made in Australia, from local iron. We are so excited. Come see how it happened…

Drugs for slugs

Drugs for slugs

So many slugs; so many ideas for how to get rid of them. Lots of folks have asked about our experiences with slugs, so here is everything we have used that has worked for us.

My PEST hitlist – CODLING MOTH

My PEST hitlist – CODLING MOTH

Apple trees look lovely in blossom right now, but if you would like to enjoy juicy fruit without moth holes and gooey bug bits later on, then a little attention to the tree now is a top idea.

Chamomile in Spring for Pollinators

Chamomile in Spring for Pollinators

Chamomile is a sweet little member of the Asteraceae - the daisies that is - and is a must-have in your Level Zero garden. The seeds are the tiniest seeds we have in the whole garden, but if you can resist the temptation to pinch the flowers for tea, and keep their...

MID SPRING IS FOR CUCURBITS

MID SPRING IS FOR CUCURBITS

Days warming up now, but with changeable weather continuing, often rain starting in the afternoon as the temperature drops. Frosts are also still well and truly on the agenda, but there is a lot can be done in the garden right now.

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