This blog is about all things edible and how to grow them, from my experiances as a home gardener and in my job as a horticulturist and teacher in sustainable and edible gardening, follow my mishaps and adventures as I explore organic and sustainable vegetable gardening around the world and practice my findings in Geelong, Australia.
The Italian Gardener Allsun Farm, PO Box 8050, Gundaroo, New South
Wales, 2620 (02) 6236 8173 www.theitaliangardener.com.au
firstname.lastname@example.org Italian vegetable seeds
Kings Seeds PO Box 2785, Bundaberg, QLD 4670, Australia Tel: 07 4159 4882 www.kingseeds.com.au
Phoenix Seeds PO Box 207 , Snug, TAS, Australia 03) 6267 9663 Only postal Very unusual seeds
Diggers www.diggers.com.au email@example.com Fantastic company become
a member and help them in their work, they have two sites, St Erith (nr
Daylesford) and Heronswood (Mornington Peninsula) and when you become a
member you get sent out a free magazine / newsletter
Eden Seed M.S. 905, Lower Beechmont 4211 (07) 5533 1107 www.edenseeds.com.au Lots of information botanical and taste
The Lost Seed The Lost Seed PO Box 321 SHEFFIELD TAS 7306 ph: 03 6491
1000 www.thelostseed.com.au Has a selection of very rare vegetables,
and a great free download of sow what when chart
Well after a week of chasing the chooks out of the garden, I decided something must be done. Just sowed some unusual seedlings that I grew at work, (the advantage of working at a botanic gardens is that you have access to great greenhouses). But Moleen and Bigears got out, apparently they jump, and trashed them!!! Argh. Try and escape this.
Well just got the new Green Harvest catalogue and have ordered some exciting plants and books. 1. Galangal 2.Horseraddish 3.Krachai 4. Turmeric Edible Asian Garden Book-Rosalind Creasy and from Eden Seeds Garden Seed Inventury Kent Whealy
It is a beautifull winters day here in Geelong, so I let the girls, Big Ears and Moleen, out for a bit to eat weeds and bugs.
This broccoli's main head has been harvested, and the offshoots are starting to grow, a good way to extend the growing season of your plants. This is backyard farming, not agriculture.
This cauliflower is nearly ready to eat. As it started to 'head' up I tied the leaves together to prevent discolouration and spoiling, but the cauli still poppped out a bit. Better eat it tonight. The snow peas are growing well, I had to put a collar around the seeds to protect them from those damm slugs. The other reason to let out the chooks, they love slugs and snails.
What can I say, even under stage 4 water restrictions, I had the best grass in Geelong and I didnt want it, so I mulched with cardboard.Then I applied wood chips, admitedly this picture was taken last month that is June 2008, when I had to re-apply. But the garden looks good. Notice the various mulches, and layers.
Leaf Litter (from my neighbour, who cleaned out her gutters and then left a pile of 'gunk' and leaves outside my gate, very usefull
About three years ago I moved to the 2nd biggest city in Victoria, Geelong. After years of living in units and shared accomadation, I could finally have a vegie garden again. After emigrating to Australia, I longed for home grown organic vegies. At last I had a backyard. I was working in Melbourne and commuting up to three hours a day, had a budget of zero. But was ready to start.
I started by building my raised no-dig beds out of corragated iron and wood. After a while, the grass got out of hand so I mulched with cardboard and wood chips. Now all the beds are built, drip system installed (here we are on stage 4 water restrictions, so my garden is watered with washing machine water) and most of our food is produced here. I would love more fruit trees, but am restricted by growing them in pots as I am only renting.