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Growing Soup Vegetables

Growing Soup Vegetables

Homemade soup made from home grown vegetables is both nourishing and nurturing. Start now by sowing or planting out soup vegetables, including parsnip, carrot, swede, turnip and leek. In 12 weeks you’ll be picking your first soup pot harvest.

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Beetroot Bonanza

Beetroot Bonanza

It’s delicious, nutritious, and worthy of a spot in your veggie patch!

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Wicking beds for vegetables

Wicking beds for vegetables

What is a wicking bed and how can it work in your garden? Angie Thomas explains.

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Parsnip Perfection

Parsnip Perfection

For superb flavour, parsnip is hard to beat. Angie Thomas, horticulturist and self-confessed crazy plant lady, shares her secrets to success with this delicious root vegetable

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Cutting Garden: Fill your home with flowers

Cutting Garden: Fill your home with flowers

Easy, economical, and exciting... bulbs, seedlings and seeds to plant for a never-ending supply of cut flowers

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Preening your paws

Preening your paws

Now is the time to clean up and divide your kangaroo paws. Angus Stewart, author and native plant expert explains.

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Flannel Flower

Flannel Flower

How to grow this iconic Aussie wildflower. Maria Hitchcock OAM shares her tips.

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Hey spud

Hey spud

Autumn is the time to plan your potato patch. Read More
Apple crunch

Apple crunch

Late autumn/winter is the perfect time to plant an apple tree. Apples are commonly grown in cooler areas of Australia, but nowadays, you can find ‘low-chill’ varieties that also grow and thrive in the subtropics.

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My veggie patch

My veggie patch

Let us introduce you to Lee Sullivan, an organic gardener who believes anyone can grow their own food. Here, she shares her cool season favourites.

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The Sweet Life

The Sweet Life

Nothing beats sweet peas for cut flower colour, charm, and scent! Master gardener, Colin Barlow shares his tips for tall, healthy, and vigorous blooms.

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Net Gains

Net Gains

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Warrigal greens with fettuccine

Warrigal greens with fettuccine

Make this fresh green sauce ahead of time for quick summer dinners. It will keep for a week in the fridge. Read More
Warrigal Greens

Warrigal Greens

Top chefs are going wild for this antioxidant-rich native spinach that grows like a weed. Read More
Pumpkin patch

Pumpkin patch

Discover how you can grow these delicious gourdes at home. Read More
True blue

True blue

Forget buying a punnet of blueberries this summer. Here’s how to grow your own! Read More
A new leaf

A new leaf

Toss up your traditional salad by growing a mix of greens. So many tasty new salad greens are now available in seed packets or seedlings from your garden centre.

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A moveable feast

A moveable feast

Don’t let small space cramp your gardening style. Here’s how to grow a thriving vegie patch without a plot. Read More
Fennel and asparagus salad

Fennel and asparagus salad

The combination of zingy herbs, aniseedy fennel and citrus tang is a flavour explosion. This salad is delicious served as a starter or as a fresh accompaniment to a rich main meal. Read More
Fragrant Fennel

Fragrant Fennel

It may not look like much, but this bulbous stem has the most beautiful, but subtle aniseed flavour – perfect in roasts and salads. Read More
​Crown Vegetables

​Crown Vegetables

Asparagus and rhubarb are two long-lived plants you can grow from crowns planted in winter. Both these plants do best with an entire garden bed to themselves.

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​Mail Order Vegetable Seed Supplies

​Mail Order Vegetable Seed Supplies

We like to buy our vegetable seeds from trusted mail order seed companies, this way we get a considerable range of varieties for a lifetime of experimentation and flavour. Here are our favourites.

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10 things you didn’t know about fruit flies

10 things you didn’t know about fruit flies

Robin Powell reports from behind enemy lines on the fascinating, infuriating fruit fly.

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5 steps to starting a veggie patch from scratch

5 steps to starting a veggie patch from scratch

Isolation at home is much easier when you have a nice project. Ever wanted to grow your own veggies but never knew where to start? Here are five steps to consider when starting a patch from scratch.

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Apples

Apples

Pick delicious crisp apples from your own Garden of Eden! Apples are commonly grown in Victoria, Tasmania and cooler areas of western Australia, South Australia and New South Wales, and are becoming easier to grow due to improved disease resistance.

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Asparagus

Asparagus

Home-grown asparagus is easy, but it’s not quick. You’ll need to wait three years from planting before you can harvest a bunch of tender green spears, but the wait will have been worth it, and the asparagus patch will keep on giving for decades. Linda Ross shares her growing tips.

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August Jobs

August Jobs

Daffodil displays are the prize in August. It's time to get out there and enjoy them.

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Beetroot

Beetroot

This versatile and nutritious vegetable can be grated, shredded, boiled or roasted. It can be a pickle, a soup, a dip, a side dish, a main event or a salad. It is a great match for fetta cheese, goat’s cheese, walnuts, hazelnuts, horseradish, yoghurt, cumin, pine nuts, oranges, dill, mint and rocket. Not quite convinced the beet deserves a place in your patch? Consider this: the leaves can also be eaten, cooked when harvested, or picked young leaf by leaf to add colour and flavour to a mixed salad.

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Berries

Berries

Growing berries is not a cinch - they have fierce thorns, troublesome pruning rules and require commitment (and hardware) to keep wildlife away from ripening fruit. But if berry-stained lips sound to you like a rich reward, take notes from Linda’s masterclass, and plant in winter.

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Best crops for small plots

Best crops for small plots

Even the smallest balcony plots can produce crops from an interesting range of small-fruited, ‘patio’-sized vegetables. Linda Ross shares tips on making it work.

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Best-ever roast potatoes

Best-ever roast potatoes

Want the best-ever roast potatoes? Simple, delicious and deeply comforting the humble roast spud is a must-have in the cook’s bag of tricks. Here are a few of our favourite versions.

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Broad Beans

Broad Beans

Broad beans offer one of spring’s best seasonal flavours. And as well as tasting good they enrich the soil with nitrogen, and handle the toughest frosts so can be planted now in all areas of Australia. 

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Brussels Sprouts

Brussels Sprouts

The much-derided Brussels sprout is delicious when grown fresh and cooked quickly. Here’s how.

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Carrots

Carrots

We are harvesting handfuls of delicious carrots and using them in a variety of ways in the kitchen. Sow spring, summer and autumn, all year in mild areas. So buy a packet today and get crunching!

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Cauliflower

Cauliflower

In a classic segment of ‘River Cottage’ host Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall damns the cauliflower, describing it as insipid and boring.  Not fair. While caulis can devolve into tasteless watery mush when treated badly in the kitchen, the best
varieties are packed with flavor.


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Cauliflower

Cauliflower

Justin Russell says cauliflower is no cheesy addition to the vegetable patch; it’s a stand-alone star. 

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Chilli

Chilli

Spice up your life with the aroma and piquancy of chilli. Measured on a rating from one to over two million, there is a chilli to suit all taste buds from the chilli-phobic to the chilli-freak. 

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Chinese style Brussels sprouts

Chinese style Brussels sprouts

The European sprout gets an Asian makeover in this tasty stir fry.

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Companion Planting 1

Companion Planting 1

Companion planting is about wisely using plants to reduce the work of the gardener. These are our favourite garden workers.

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Companion Planting 2

Companion Planting 2

We love any strategy that reduces human intervention in the vegetable garden. Here are a few of our favourite tips for creating a productive garden with less personal effort.

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