Working With Winners

Who would have thought that Auntie’s long-running, bargain-basement gardening show would outlive and outperform the ‘Burke’s Backyard’ tv show and thrive as the ‘Sydney in Bloom’ expo folded? Drought has so far claimed… Continue reading

Oil, Rust, Heat And Global Crises

Four days ago (the 8.8.06) British Petroleum closed Prudhoe Bay, the largest oilfield in the USA. BP’s public relations claim that this was due to ‘corroding pipelines’. No one gets nervous when you… Continue reading

Extraordinary Gardeners

Recently ‘Gardening Australia’ screened a segment filmed at Denise and Henk Horchner’s water-wise subtropical cottage garden. You can see that we get on well…they have a great sense of humour and I LOVE… Continue reading

In Production Today

We currently have 43 crops in production in our 400 square metre back garden. SE Queensland’s dams are around 70% empty, but we’ve got just enough recycled water to scrape by. Due to… Continue reading

Losing It In The Park

I’ve never before ‘lost it’ at a National Tree Day event. But today I did a number just before a few pupils from Lota State School turned up at Melaleuca Park, Clifton Street,… Continue reading

Grandad’s Recipe For Lawn Sand

The Fact Sheet for this segment needs a little editing…  To read the original go to the ABC Website at:http://www.abc.net.au/gardening/stories/s1366394.htm After having recommended this recipe – without any hitches – for over twenty… Continue reading

Poisoned Food And Poisoned Soil

Found this at ABC News Online Last Update: Tuesday, August 1, 2006. 8:00am (AEST). Police investigate crop contamination Police have set up a major incident room in Bowen in north Queensland to investigate… Continue reading

Planting Dates For The Future

The date palm is an ancient and productive symbol, an icon whose feathery fronds fringe desert oases. In terms of the speed of return for your outlay, dates plod to maturity. But once… Continue reading

In Flower Today

There are fifty one plants flowering in my garden. My Ant Plant is still flowering since the last ‘in flower today’ entry on 24.4.06;

Springing To Life

It’s thirteen days since the mulberry, Morus nigra, next door sprouted its new spring leaves – in the middle of July (17.7.06). Here springtime traditionally follows Brisbane’s agricultural show – “The Ecca”, August… Continue reading

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