Our newest additions 


People say I’m crazy to plant in this heat. Maybe I am but I can’t help it. The new arrivals are all hot weather plants that are being grown by folks in the general area. Common sense prevails in the choice of plants even if not in the timing. In the pics below, you’ll see…

Vlog 3: Surviving the heat


It’s the last Vlog of the year and it’s a hot one. This time, I cover the ways we keep the garden and critters watered and cool. At this stage of the game, we don’t need to artificially shade any of the plants. The garden was designed so that after two or three years, the…

Being careful 


We have to be careful with this little plant. No, it’s not poisonous or invasive. To someone who doesn’t know that we planted them, these shoots look just like the young shoots and leaves of a notorious (but edible) garden pest Soursobs (Oxalis pes-capre) who’s yellow flowers cover the land at certain times and are…

Oka progress report


I haven’t had much luck growing Oka (Oxalis tuberosa also known as New Zealand Yams) in the past. It’s either been eaten by dogs (Charlie and Bronson both enjoyed digging them up and eating. Bless you boys, wherever you are), rotted from too much moisture or shrivelled from the opposite). This year I thought I’d give…

Planting time!


We’ll, I’ve finally got time to scratch myself, so it’s a good time to get some seeds started. I’m not that lucky with seeds but always give it a go. There’s everything in this pile, from lawn daisies (which I recently found to be quite tasty) to that perennial permaculture favourite, Pigeon peas. I try…

Vote for Keeley!


Yates are running a search for Australia’s Next Top Gardener and our friend, Keeley Mann is having a shot. Keeley is the daughter of Megan Mann who runs Red Ochre Farm, an organic farming project at Krondorf in the Barossa Valley. Hopefully, I’ll be chatting with Megan soon for one of our interview spots. I…

Where’s the weeds?


A passerby yesterday said my our garden would look great if we could get rid of the weeds! They pointed at this section…I can’t see any weeds here…

Aquaponics Sweet Potatoes


Jelina is happy! We cleaned out the aquaponics last week and boy, did that Sweet Potato make a mess of things! So why is Jelina happy? It’s because we harvested more than 2 kg of crunchy little purple tubers. They’re kind of like little carrots. As you can see from the pic above, there is…

Jerusalem Artichokes (Helianthus tuberosus)


    Jerusalem Artichokes (Helianthus tuberosus) are a close relative of the well known Sunflower (Helianthus annuus). They are equally as tall, hardy and beautiful as their cousins and even more productive.This plant has many names, the most descriptive being ‘Sunchokes’ or ‘Fartichokes’. I call Jerusalem Artichokes ‘everyone’s best friend’ because they have so many…