organic gardening

Top Tips for New Gardeners

Following some recent conversations with first time gardeners it dawned on me that there are a few morsels of advice that I have accumulated that would have served me well if I had known them when I first started gardening. So here are a few of my top tips for new gardeners. 1. Start Now… Get something in the soil this spring, whether it be in pots or a square meter of spare ground. There will be time to plot…

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A Weedy Bed

I have been procrastinating on a weedy bed for several months now and I have no desire to dig up this piece of troublesome dirt to turn it onto productive ground. Grasses and oxalis are rife and now even thistles are setting up shop. I’ve been putting it off for months, and every week that goes by the weeds become more established and gnarly. But the solution has been right in front of me. I can’t quite believe that I…

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Winter Progress

The plants are starting to wake from their winter slumber and the first signs of spring are becoming evident in the garden. While it has been a quiet time for plant growth, we’ve made some significant progress in growing the garden over the winter months. Here is a brief summary of our winter progress. The Design Progress on the design stalled in the middle of last year. We documented our initial steps and made loads of observations but somehow didn’t…

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Planting Fruit Trees

I made some great progress in the garden on a glorious winter’s day. The second installment of the fruit tree order arrived a month earlier than expected. Deciduous fruit trees usually come bare rooted, which means they need to be planted again fairly quickly. I still had a small mountain of agapanthus to dig out, and I really wasn’t prepared to be planting fruit trees. It was a bit of a scramble but luckily I was able to call on…

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