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Summer!

Yesterday, December 1st, was the first official day of summer here in Australia. And it arrived with one of those unpleasant summer days: partly cloudy, drizzle and heat (36 C / 97 F) and awful humidity. I found it uncomfortable … Continue reading

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Chicken Manure Tea Fertiliser

I recently watched an old Gardening Australia show on TV. One of the presenters was passing down some of his grandfathers’ gardening tips. He declared that poultry manure was one of the best all-round fertilisers (my chickens can be proud … Continue reading

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Gone to a Good Home

The Lilly Pilly that stood for several years in the middle of our back yard seemed like a good idea when we planted it, but it became somewhat of a problem. When we bought this house we thought we’d plant … Continue reading

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Winter Rings in Autumn

The 1st of June is the official start of Winter in Australia. And this year, almost on cue, Winter brought with it some Autumn colour. My Japanese Maple is (finally) brilliant. I had begun to despair ever getting any reds … Continue reading

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Rainwater Tanks

Way back in February 2004 Frank and I bought two rainwater tanks. I don’t want to try to remember when we actually installed them but I’m thinking it took a year (lots to do on the house back then). Whenever … Continue reading

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Autumn Colours

Sydney is not known for its autumn colours – and for very good reason – there aren’t any native deciduous trees here so we don’t get leaves turning red and gold before dropping. Of course Aussies have introduced any number of … Continue reading

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Treasure Hunt

In preparation for a couple of new veggie beds, Frank has to move our olive tree (that’s the tiny tree behind him, over his right shoulder in this photo). It’s going into a pretty open space near the top end … Continue reading

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Summer Ready

The temps have already topped 30 so I’ve spent quite a bit of time over the last 2 weeks getting the garden summer ready. Mainly mulching to help it withstand the hot, dry days. We are coming into the season … Continue reading

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Gloomy Winter’s Day

This is what my back garden looks like in the dead of winter. The grass is brown, the oak and frangipani trees are leafless (as is the cherry and Japanese maple), the mulberry is full of buds (including for berries), … Continue reading

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Getting Started

Here I go, my first post on my gardening website. I’m planning to use this just like someone way back in the 20th Century might have used a gardening journal: to track what works, what doesn’t and how things progress … Continue reading

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