Upper North Shore Sydney Australia

Capsicum and Chillies

Solanaceae’ family Capsicum annuum Small bushy plant about 40cm high Plant As with all food crops disease spreads much more slowly if organic carbon levels are high. This is due to increased soil microbial activity that favours more beneficial fungi and bacteria that help to suppress pathogenic organisms, as well…


FAMILY: Asteraceae BOTANICAL NAME: Smallanthus sonchifolius (formerly Polymnia sonchifolia) COMMON NAMES: Yacon, Peruvian ground apple, Bolivian sunroot, llacon, groundpear, pear of the earth. It is comparable to the white fleshed tuber Jicama /Climbing Yam Bean – Pachyrhizus erosus. Yacon is native to South America and is a hardy, attractive herbaceous…

Herb Robert

Geranium Robertianum F. Geraniaceae Favourite Growing Conditions Herb Robert prefers a shady damp woodland environment. It grows from tropical Cairns in the north to cool temperate Tasmania in the south of Australia. Planting The plant has shallow, weak roots and prefers shady damp conditions and can be grown in containers….


Overcoming Light Limitations

Perhaps there is a shady place in your house or garden where you would like to grow plants. Here are some tips to create brightness and increase warmth in a shady area like a courtyard or side path.

Spring Planting of Dwarf (Grafted) Fruit Trees

I know that taking the time to plant your trees correctly is insurance that their optimum health and productivity is obtained. After deciding on the best planting site my next step is to find out each fruit tree’s particular needs to ensure compatibility. Considerations include; sunlight hours for fruit set, minimum space requirements, wind tolerance, soil type and water needs.

Fruit Tree Decisions

When deciding on what fruit trees and where and how you will plant and harvest them consider these points. Many fruit trees can grow very large and their roots can travel upto 3 – 5 times the height of the tree seeking water and nutrients and become damaged if you dig around them.

Feed Your Soil

I recently attended an advanced soil workshop organised by Lane Cove Council. Led by the very knowledgeable Peter Rutherford, senior Ecologist, Kimbriki Eco House & Garden and his lovely wife Alison, the overall message was summed up with a quote;

“The plant always eats at the second sitting; the plant only gets what the microbes give it. Feed the soil, not the plants!”

Coffee and Firelight

Having recently moved to my new home in the leafy, bush suburb of Berowra, NSW I acquired a very efficient wood burning heater and purchased a new coffee machine both provide me with recycling waste. Apart from the sheer pleasure of enjoying the brew and the firelight what is left from this activity is grounds and ash. Both of these products can be used effectively into assisting you to build up the health of your garden soil.

herb planter pots

Boosting Sunlight

I want to grow my own crop of luscious red tomatoes and I think have the ideal place.

Actually given the lack of growing spots in my coastal garden it is probably the only place.


Australian temperate zones

Our garden information is based here in Australia where we live in a temperate climate. Information, from the Australian Bureau of meteorology, includes the inland area of Brisbane, New South Wales tablelands and coastal region of Sydney, and much of Australia’s southern coastal area from Melbourne, Adelaide through to Perth…