This year my garden had an extended autumn and now, judging by the flowers outside, it’s spring. Did Brisbane skip winter?
I only got 41.3kg of winged yam this year. What went wrong?
Paronella Park, near Innisfail, is the legacy created by Jose Paronella, a prodigiously productive person. Born in Catalonia, Spain, and trained as a pastry chef, Jose emigrated to Australia in 1913. He started as a sugarcane-cutter, then worked at improving sugarcane farms before investing his savings and energy into creating Parronella.
Winter has started fitfully, just like the previous two. Mild, drizzly, calm and cloudy conditions have encouraged moulds, but delayed sowing peas. Spells of cold, dry, windy conditions have spurred leaf drop on summer crops, like winged yam.
When the Guardian published a few shots of Australian plants that can be grown in Britain, I had a flashback to my Australian-effect front garden in London.
Whatever they said to you at school, farming is the oldest profession.
An Open Day is a great way to get feedback from gardeners on what you’re growing and how you’re doing.
Every time I open my garden there is something to celebrate about organic gardening and seed saving.
Productivity is gradually recovering after ex-Tropical Cyclone Oswald.
Heat and windy, sunny weather continue delaying sowing and planting summer crops.
Food production is quickly changing since summer arrived two weeks early…
After the storms that hit Brisbane yesterday you might expect that I could give watering a rest for a while.