Chauncy Vale – a little Tassie gem

Now our kids are getting older and have the stamina for some longer walks, we have started spending more time exploring the bush again. I hadn’t realised how much I had missed it, as we haven’t had much opportunity for longer day walks in recent years. Although now it’s not as peaceful with a 6 and 8 year old in tow, we are still having a lot of fun. Recently we got wind of ‘Chauncy Vale Wildlife Sanctuary’. Continue reading

Hop, a wolf in plant’s clothing

It’s time to return to Hop. Last time it was all about beer. This time, it’s only partly about beer. Seeing pots of Hop for sale at the Diggers garden at St Erth, near Blackwood, I recalled an impressive display by this climber at the Cloisters in New York. You don’t have to travel that far to see it thriving, but I’ve used pictures from that visit back in September. Continue reading

Bandicoot, microbat & broad-tailed gecko

Today I’m profiling three native species that have probably been in your Australian garden but it’s unlikely you’ve actually seen them. Nocturnal bandicoots inspire both delight and horror among gardeners; broad-tailed geckos are so well camouflaged, you might not even see one that’s close by; and microbats are the tiny cuties of an animal that fill some people with irrational fear. Continue reading

Tree T-Pee conserves water for new trees in dry zones

Johnny Georges survived his pitch on America’s ‘Shark Tank’ TV show last year, and walked away with a billionaire investment partner for his patented Tree T-Pee plant protector, which reduces a young tree’s irrigation needs in dry environments to less than 10% of conventional irrigation. How does it work?

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How to grow salads with CRUNCH

Read any recipe for a gourmet salad and it’s sure to include something crunchy for contrast to the softness of the usual vegie staples such as tomatoes and leafy greens. Usually it’s a sprinkling of toasted seeds or nuts that’s called for, but don’t stop there. There are lots of plants to grow in your garden to give your garden salad the edge and turn you into a masterchef.
I recently enjoyed a delicious salad made by gardening friend Sharon who served up a bowl filled with small cauliflower florets and finely sliced, freshly harvested asparagus all topped with lightly toasted walnuts and drizzled with raspberry vinegar. Continue reading

The 7 best pieces of garden advice I’ve had

I first started gardening a few decades ago now, but there are seven pieces of gardening advice that stick with me, every day. They keep me going when problems seem insurmountable, they remind me of going back to basics when things go wrong, they help me understand exactly what I’m growing and they keep me enjoying my garden. Now I’m going to share them – and reveal the some of the sages who gave them to me. Continue reading