No Dig Gardening, Sustainable Gardening With Less Effort

Everyone agrees that gardening would be way more fun, and many people would be more inclined to take up gardening if there wasn’t the need for all that back-breaking hard work such as digging… It may be a surprise to many people, but digging IS NOT a necessary part of gardening at all! So howContinue reading “No Dig Gardening, Sustainable Gardening With Less Effort”

Download Gardening Calendars (Australian Temperate Climate)

One of the secrets to productive gardening is seasonal timing – knowing what to plant when, and doing all the important gardening tasks such as pruning, transplanting and even propagation at the right time of year. It’s hard for anyone to remember it all, so many gardeners use a handy reference, the gardening calendar! ToContinue reading “Download Gardening Calendars (Australian Temperate Climate)”

Propagating Plants from Hardwood Cuttings

One of the easiest propagation techniques is propagating using hardwood cuttings. Since these cuttings don’t have leaves, there isn’t the initial requirement to provide a high humidity environment to stop the cuttings drying out before they root. Softwood vs. Hardwood Cuttings At this point you may be wondering what the difference is between taking hardwoodContinue reading “Propagating Plants from Hardwood Cuttings”

How to Build a French Drain

Water management is an important aspect in the design of a sustainable garden, for without water nothing grows, as I’ve said before, it’s virtually the very essence of life itself! In Permaculture, designing a garden to make optimum use of water is critical, especially in a country like Australia, the driest continent in the world,Continue reading “How to Build a French Drain”

How to Make Compost in 18 Days Using the Berkeley Hot Composting Method

Regular composting, also known as cold composting, involves placing a variety of organic materials in a compost bin, enclosure, or even just in a large heap, and leaving it there until it breaks down several months later. It’s a very slow process and typically takes 6 to 12 months. It can be sped up byContinue reading “How to Make Compost in 18 Days Using the Berkeley Hot Composting Method”

Companion Planting Table

  Good Companions Bad Companions Apples Chives, Horsetail (Equisetum), Foxgloves, WallflowersNasturtiums, Garlic, Onions Grass, Potatoes Apricots Basil, Tansy, Southernwood Tomatoes, Sage Asparagus Tomatoes, Parsley, Basil   Basil Tomatoes, Asparagus, Parsley, Apricots   Beans Carrots, Cucumbers, Cabbages, Lettuce, Peas, ParsleyCauliflower, Spinach, Summer Savory Onions, Garlic, Fennel, Gladioli, Sunflowers, Kohlrabi Beans, Broad Potatoes, Sweetcorn, Dill   Beans,Continue reading “Companion Planting Table”