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.

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.

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.

Early Spring is for beets

Early Spring is for beets

Cold nights and longer days – early Spring is ideal weather to plant beets, so here are our beet-files for you, plus a rippa quick recipe if you happen to have leftover beetroot from last year.💜

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.

A minute a day.

A minute a day.

Holiday 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.

The stone fruit pruning trick.

The stone fruit pruning trick.

It is a tricky balance, pruning stone fruit. The timing can be a challenge, but there IS a trick to have your well-pruned peach cake and eat it too.

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).

Dividing Rhubarb in Winter

Dividing Rhubarb in Winter

Our unstoppable heritage rhubarb is a powerhouse that barely rests, even in winter. At some point though, we need to divide the clumps to give them space to grow and stay healthy. Let’s go.

Guling – orchid season.

Guling – orchid season.

Here where we live in Victoria, July is a period of rapid change from the Waring (wombat) season, to the Guling (orchid) season.

Garlic is up

Garlic is up

It is three and a half weeks since we chucked the Level Zero garlic in, and in mid-winter, they are up and happy. Let’s take a look..

Viola in July for Pollinators

Viola in July for Pollinators

The cheerful purple and yellow kitten faces of viola ‘Johnny Jump-ups’ are easy to plant and care for, so they are ideal for our Level Zero Flowers for Pollinators project.

Alyssum in June for Pollinators

Alyssum in June for Pollinators

It should be no surprise that Alyssum is happy in the winter months, is edible, and attracts pollinators – it comes from the Brassica family.

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