Diospyros kaki

A very beautiful harvest of Kaki fruit from my small tree in Reservoir. I grew up with Kaki trees in Italy, and remember thinking they were amazing. Tomato like in appearance but so vastly different in flavour. The large seeds…

Brick fence

A brick fence/wall, especially a high one, can be great at helping you create a warm microclimate for subtropical plants and can wind protect them too. However in our case our low brick fence was reducing our productive space as…

Spelt

For a change or because wheat is bloating you, then try spelt. It is more expensive, about $28 for a 5k bag, where I shop, compared to $13.50 for a similar size bag of wheat flour, but it is really…

Chicken House Garden Cupboard

I hoped for a garden cupboard,  I hoped to be able to walk up, see clearly what’s on offer, grab and walk away, so I asked Ralf if he could build us a garden cupboard which could double as a chicken house….

Soil Structure

When the  desire to garden hits then I want nothing to stand in my way…except that if the soil is wet, then wait I must. Soil structure is diminished if you cultivate a soil when wet and if you stand…

May Quince

For many years in Melbourne, I would ride my bike in search of quinces. Near CERES, Brunswick, I found two maybe it was three small trees, planted along the nature strip. I would knock and ask the nearby house, if I…

Ruby

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Bread in me

North of Adelaide, in a small town, where delicious bread cannot be found, my friends did find, that with simple measure they could bake bread at their leisure. Bread delicious and of sourdough kind, made twice a week to be…

Out to roam

For the most part I keep the chickens in their run, it is large and comfortable and everything they need is there. I let them out in the garden only occasionally but need to do so more often. I have raised garden…

Nitrogen Fix

I like to give myself and the garden a bit of a break in winter so I tend to grow a modest crop. Instead the focus for me is on replenishing the soil with nitrogen. For that reason peas and…