October 19, 2020

Heirloom seeds have recently enjoyed a meteoric rise in popularity. While it may appear that they’ve become the latest ‘must-have’, humans have relied solely on heirloom seeds, season after season, for centuries.  Whether it be quick growing rice, the sweetest yams or...

October 9, 2020

Please note: My focus is on the introduced pests the Common Garden Snail (Cornu aspersum) and Leopard Slug (Limax maximus). 

It’s important to know that snails are gregarious and home bodies. They like to hang out together and, unless the harbour has dried out, will ret...

September 22, 2020

When people ask me about easy food plants to grow, I enthusiastically rave about perpetual spinach.

I love growing them for several reasons.

  • These plants want to grow. There are no demands for an extra dressing room or a tray of Skittles. They're down to earth. They'...

August 24, 2020

Tomatoes are relatively easy to grow but have a few, shall we say, idiosyncrasies that require understanding to improve cropping. They're one of Summer gardening's true delights and no self respecting vegetable patch would be seen without at least one tomato plant. (To...

May 15, 2020

I've had many queries about how to buy and receive my plants so I thought it was high time I got organised and explained it properly.

Please note: If online shopping is unavailable to you or someone you know, please contact me directly. I'm always happy to help anyone....

May 12, 2020

Lemon Balm (Balm, Common Balm, Balm Mint)

Melissa officinalis

Lemon Balm is a perennial, herbaceous plant that belongs to the mint family. It grows in most situations however will thrive in moist, semi shaded positions. Like most members of the mint family it can become...

April 14, 2020


  • A large bunch of Silverbeet or Spinach

  • 200g Feta

  • 1 Sheet Puff pastry

  • 5 eggs

  • 1/2 cup milk

(see below for the 'sometimes I add' section)

Preheat your oven to approx. 200C

Wash your greens well before wilting them down. Place them in a s...

May 27, 2019

I get frustrated with writers who waffle on at the beginning of informative articles. For example, if I want succinct information on how to grow tomatoes I don't want to know how lovingly a writer remembers the plump flavorsome tomatoes of their childhood or a poetic d...

May 26, 2019

"I don't know how."

"I rent. I don't have room."

"Time issues."

"My husband whipper snips everything."

"Murderous black thumb."

"Weeds, weeds, WEEDS!"

"Dogs, cats, rabbits, villainous chooks."

"Crap soil."

"Too dry, wet, shady, hot, windy, frosty."

"Back, neck, knee, arthritis...

July 28, 2017

I've been growing seed-raised Black Passionfruit plants for sale for over a decade and the vast majority of my customers lament that they've grown a grafted plant only for the graft to die and the rootstock take over. The most likely rootstock culprits are Banana Passi...

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