Upper North Shore Sydney Australia

Turmeric & Ginger Quail

Using the fresh roots of Turmeric and Ginger (a traditional Indian fresh pickle) as a quail marinade creates hot, peppery flavours, slightly reminiscent of bitter orange. Add fresh orange juice and honey for acid / sweetness balance.



Part of the ginger family (Zingiberaceae) this flowering perennial is a broad leaf tropical looking plant, about 1 metre in height, producing a spectacular flower stem in summer.

Testing the microbial ‘aliveness’ of your topsoil

Healthy soils rich in soil biota will hold together while soils devoid of soil life fall apart and form a layer of sediment in the bottom of a jug of water. Place the soil sample in the sieve and rest the sieve across the neck of your jug lowering the soil into the water.



Cydonia oblonga      Quince trees live to a great age and have showy, white or pale pink ornamental flowers and a delicious aroma as the fruit ripen. As the tree matures the wide, contorted branches make a very sculptural form in the garden. Planting Planting is best done during…


Peas are an annual legume plant lasting for one year. Legumes convert atmospheric nitrogen into nitrogenous compoundsSnow pea flowers useful to plants.

Eight varieties of pear


A pear tree looks lovely when covered in their snowy, white blossoms in spring and their autumn foliage adds interest.

Naked Baby (bare root) Trees

In a bare root nursery trees are grown in the open ground rather than in containers. They are lifted for transplanting during the winter when the plants are dormant.



Deciduous trees that provide good shade in summer, leaves turn yellow in autumn and drop. Mulberries can be grown either as (heavily pruned) bushes or standard trees. Some varieties can become very large trees and last 40 years.

Compost Dirt

Microflora & Microfauna of our Topsoil

Topsoil is defined as the humic (derived from decomposed plant and animal remains and animal excrement) upper fertile layer of soil.


Figs do well in our mild Mediterranean climate and dryer warm temperate areas. Figs are tolerant of most types of soil, but perform best on well-drained, reasonably fertile soils. Their root systems are fairly shallow, but extensive, therefore pot cultivation is recommended. Figs can easily be propagated from cuttings, air layering or grafting, however, figs grown from seeds are not true to type.