Thuan’s market garden: 1,500 sq m of alluvial, sandy loam in a flood plain of the Perfume River catchment, Hue, Vietnam. Fruit, vegetables, herbs, spices, flowers, poultry – and incense – in a prolifically productive, wet, inland subtropical climate.
Caffeine is a biochemical with the purpose of affecting the germination, growth, survival, and reproduction of other competing plants. Do not add coffee grounds to worm farms.
If ever there was a plant perfectly suited to the sets of the Wizard of Oz, it’s Hippeastrum. These flamboyant flowers are dead easy to grow and Australia is fortunate to have the likes… Continue reading
This is a fictional letter. My father, John, who had been living for some years with Alzheimer’s, died shortly after I emigrated to Australia. My sister and I looked after Dad at home… Continue reading
So there I was with Noel Burdette, in the pre-dawn darkness of Brisbane’s Cannon Hill. Groggy but organised, and with only a smartly dressed security guard as a witness, we got stuck in. Long… Continue reading
The most widespread recorded drought in Queensland’s history has meant most of my gardening effort continues to be spent on watering and soil improvement. At least I’m able to keep fruit trees productive and… Continue reading
Thirty four years ago, I graduated at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
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.
“Building the garden you want with whatever you’ve got”
Despite the amount of gardening and botanical research carried out by women, their roles and influences in horticulture are not shared in recorded history as equally or as well as the efforts of… Continue reading