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.

FedUni murnong project 2020

FedUni murnong project 2020

This is the #FedUniMurnong Citizen Science project 2020. Participants (me included) become custodian of 20 plants of an undisclosed subspecies of endemic Microseris for about three years. Frankly, it’s a real privilege to be involved and bloody exciting for a plant nerd.

Spring Snow

Spring Snow

When you grow food in cool temperate regions, it pays to know your snow seasons.Here in Napoleons, that is during Poorneet (September, early Spring), and sometimes later even in November some years. It snowed today ❄️🌿

Level Zero Beets

Level Zero Beets

This is growing beets at Level Zero for absolute beginner gardeners. Learn to grow these, and the rest of the Amaranth family will fall into place. The two most easy beets to grow, and those we prefer here in our patch, are BEETROOT and SPINACH.

NIGELLA in SPRING for Pollinators

NIGELLA in SPRING for Pollinators

Spring is here, and whilst the wind and chilly mornings are with us for a while yet, the pollinators are already busy.In our Level Zero flower calendar (the ‘just-chuck-em-in’ kind), Nigella are perfect to sow in September. Let’s go.

THE BEETS

THE BEETS

These are the Amaranthaceae – the beet family. All parts edible and found almost everywhere. They are sweet, nutritious and easy to grow. Let’s meet them.

Poorneet – tadpole season.

Poorneet – tadpole season.

The Spring Equinox in September marks our local Kulin nation indigenous season, ‘Poorneet’ – Tadpole Season. Growling Grass Frogs mate and lay their eggs in foamy rafts along reedy banks, and it is at this time that they hatch into darting tadpoles.

Calendula in Winter for Pollinators

Calendula in Winter for Pollinators

Spring is coming, and though the weather is still snappy-chilly, it won’t be long before our pollinators are buzzing about. In our Level Zero flower calendar (the ‘just-chuck-em-in’ kind), Calendula are perfect to sow in August (though any time Autumn to Spring is fine too).

Oscillating Hoe

Oscillating Hoe

Goodness, our very first YouTube video. Special thanks go to our technical advisor (Mr15)👍, because we are Level Zero at making videos 😉.

To the tunnels! 👉

To the tunnels! 👉

With no greenhouse, we get a jump on the growing season with these easy temporary poly tunnels. With a few tips and tricks, give your plants the best chance for a head start.

Tools for smaller hands

Tools for smaller hands

There ARE tools for you to reduce stain and keep you motoring along in your garden just fine without the force needed for larger species of worktool.

A minute every day.

A minute every day.

Diets don’t work. They also don’t work in the garden. Find out why, and how to avoid the GroundHog Day syndrome that prevents long term success for beginners.

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