Category Archives: Gardening


Christmas is the one occasion where you have a goodly amount of time off to enjoy your home, garden and family, but you don’t want to be out in the garden slaving away while you have guests hanging out without


Following my previous article about growing tomatoes I have been approached at the nursery on many occasions asking what else I know. I’m often asked if I have any top secret tips- something that will make fruit sweeter, produce bumper

Tomato time!

Tomatoes are one of the most popular home-grown vegies of all and it’s fair to say that once you’ve tasted a tomato you’ve grown yourself-there’s no turning back!  Wikipedia claims that close to 170.8 million tonnes of tomatoes were grown worldwide


With spring on the way, it’s hard not to get excited about the new happenings in the garden. In fact, I think that one of the best ways to experience the seasonal transition of winter to spring, is to watch

It’s rose season!

Roses are some of the most romantic and classically beautiful flowers that we grow in the garden, but the number of choices can be mind boggling. Choosing a colour is a great place to start, but it’s important to select

The glamour girls

The Camellia is the icon of winter, unrivalled for glamour;  it is the shining star of the sleepy winter garden. Camellia are largely known for their lush, evergreen foliage, array of colour and variety, and their stunning flowers. But I


Autumn is just the perfect time for working in the garden. The sun has simmered down, and the cold winds of winter are many weeks away. Now is the time to primp and prepare your garden for winter, and have

Basic principles of good garden design

Step one: Don’t over-think it! Creating a beautiful and practical garden design is much like baking a cake; all you need is a good recipe, and the right quality ingredients. You may have a pantry full of ingredients, but you

Shade in Summer Part two

So, I thought I’d use this opportunity to showcase some species that perform best in the Manning Valley and, ideally, aid in narrowing choices to find the perfect tree for your space. These are some of my favourites that are

Shade in Summer

Summer can be a tough time in the garden. Especially when most of your time is consumed watering and trying to keep your beloved plants alive; all while combating the blistering, summer sun.  Summer is the season where most of

Fighting Fruit Fly

There’s nothing worse than biting into a juicy piece of fruit and looking down to find that it is riddled with wriggling fruit fly maggots. YUCK! Followed closely by the thought of “Did I just eat those!?” Double YUCK!! These

Passionfruit Problem Solver

The Passionfruit vine is one of the most popular garden plants in Australia. It’s easy to see why, when they produce beautiful purple and white flowers, followed by loads of delicious fruit, all against a lush green backdrop. And the