Urban farming blog Insights into successful urban farming and organic gardening

Raised vegetable garden beds – advantages and disadvantages

Raised vegetable garden beds have long been used in agriculture as a method of enhancing productivity and managing food growing space. This is often done simply by mounding of rows up to a maximum height of 20cm or where extremes of slope demand hard borders to create level growing areas, for example, hillside rice paddies

Enhancing observation skills in your organic garden

Enhancing observation skills in your food growing spaces has a powerful effect on how productive and healthy your patch is and how your experience in the garden improves your well […]

Urban farm plot at 12 months – high yields

Urban farm plot at 12 months has produced great results. I want to share the outcomes and reflections with you after it started as a grassy patch 12 months ago […]

Self sufficiency from your vegetable and herb garden

Self sufficiency is a common question I get when people see my vegetable garden. They ask, do I need to buy any vegetables and herbs with that much growing? You […]

Urban agriculture catalyst – balancing economy, community and ecology

Urban agriculture catalyst is a subject that is drawing much attention globally. How do we work with it to get more from less whilst aiding food security, reducing CO2 from […]

Biodynamic vs Organic

Biodynamic vs organic methods of food growing, is there a difference or are they pretty much different names for the same thing? The organic method is ecologically oriented. It tries […]

Urban farm plot – progress at 6 months

Our small urban farm plot of about 250m2 gross area and 160m2 bed area started just under 6 months ago in December 2018. Its now early June 2019, start of […]

Growing strawberries organically

Growing strawberries organically is one of my favourite activities in the food garden. Strawberries are a wonderfully nutritious and sweet tasting fruiting vegetable. I enhance organic methods with biodynamic soil […]

Organic garden design principles – working with beauty, goodness and truth

Organic garden design principles tend to relate to physical aspects of the garden such as: layout, size, orientation, drainage, materials used and how it is managed with a strong orientation […]

Urban agriculture – alternative ways of viewing economic aspects

Urban agriculture economic aspects are an evolving area of thought and practice where much innovation is occurring globally. I had the good fortune in February 2019 to attend an international […]

Small urban farm – design principles in our new plot

Establishing a small urban farm is a challenging and exciting task. We recently moved house to a bush land property only 35 minutes from Brisbane CBD. The 20 hec land […]

Regenerative urban agriculture – translating principles into action

Regenerative urban agriculture works with regenerative agriculture principles within an urban and peri-urban context. Those principles are more commonly discussed around how to regenerate farming land and communities severely degraded […]

Inner gardening – food garden consciousness raising tips

Inner gardening is a pathway to improving your well being and one of the best places to start this journey is in your food garden. Successful food growing in urban […]

Vegetable garden paths – design considerations

Vegetable garden paths are essential in your food garden. If designed correctly, they make the space more functional, beautiful, aid soil fertility and improve drainage. Getting the right vegetable garden […]

Sheet mulching – Issues and alternatives

Sheet mulching is a common practice recommended in permaculture. It uses cardboard and paper to smother the earth from growing weeds and grass whilst you attempt to build healthy soil […]

Organic gardening without chemicals – practical and ethical issues

Organic gardening without chemicals. sounds pretty logical, but in our desire to be pure in this pursuit, many fuzzy lines exist. Let me demonstrate this fuzziness with two examples of […]

Farm individuality – new concepts of individuality for urban food growers

Farm individuality is an important principle in biodynamic food growing. Individuality can also be applied in urban food growing spaces of any scale, but there are some changes needed in […]

Biodynamic agriculture conference – 2018 at the Goetheanum – My reflections

The biodynamic agriculture conference for 2018, held at the Goetheanum, Switzerland, was a wonderful experience for me. I wanted to share some reflections of my journey as I have just […]

Making good compost – a biodynamic perspective for well balanced compost

Making good compost is a key goal of any serious organic gardener. I have found that biodynamic methods used to enhance the quality of the organic composting process greatly increase […]

Keeping backyard chickens in your vegetable garden space

Keeping backyard chickens around your food gardens is an important part of widening the living system that supports your soil fertility process. Its very possible in urban environments to have […]

Four fold nature of the organic garden and urban farm

Four fold nature is a very helpful conceptual framework for looking at the make up of your organic garden or urban farm and how to optimise its quality.  Being conscious […]

Spring experience in a sub tropical climate vegetable garden

Spring experience in a sub tropical organic garden is quite a unique one compared to more temperate climates. There is so much beauty in this transition of seasons, as well […]

Using planetary impacts in your organic vegetable garden and urban farm

Using planetary impacts is a method of widening the system you work with to create greater productivity in your food growing activities. The planetary system is all around us and […]

Managing NPK in your organic garden or farm with living processes

Managing NPK is an obsession of industrialised agriculture which started over 100 years ago. This focus works with complex combinations of different NPK synthetic fertilisers to make plants to grow […]

Urban farming – Millen Farm a nationally significant urban agriculture venture in Australia

Urban farming on a more commercial scale is evolving in Australia and although its early days, Millen Farm in Samford represents a great example of a peri-urban model that is […]

Managing fruit trees with biodynamic methods in your organic orchard

Managing fruit trees is a task most backyard gardeners and hobby farmers take on. It can be very rewarding and it is also filled with many challenges of learning, like […]

Low cost vegetable garden from your lawn – design tips

Low cost vegetable garden created from your lawn, if you have grass, is the easiest and most cost effective way to get started with your vegetable garden or expand an […]

Growing marigolds and nasturtiums in your vegetable garden – essential for any organic garden

Growing marigolds and nasturtiums in your vegetable garden helps control insects, adds beauty and is a tasty and healthy addition to your dinner plate. I have used them in my […]

Organic garden design – Case study in urban agriculture

Organic garden design and build is always an interesting challenge. There are so many factors to consider with any organic garden design to ensure the mix of design elements match […]

Managing soil ph levels in your organic garden

Managing soil ph levels in your vegetable garden can make a big contribution to its success. There are a number of ways to easily and quickly fine tune your soil […]

Understanding soil in your organic and biodynamic garden

Understanding soil is the key task in a successful organic and biodynamic garden. How do you get a grip on the importance of all the soil nutrients or grasp the […]

Managing excess moisture in the vegetable garden

Managing excess moisture in the vegetable garden will be on the minds of most vegetable gardeners in eastern Australia now as ongoing rains are forecast for the coming months.  Food […]

Controlling weeds organically in your vegetable garden

Controlling weeds organically is a concept that could transform a massively destructive herbicide industry. The “war on weeds” could be a thing of the past. Is this an impossible dream […]

Corporate workshops – Organic gardening in the corporate world

Corporate workshops using organic gardening as the subject are quite new in the corporate world. Why should the corporate world, in all of its frenetic daily exertion, be interested in […]

Climate change adaptation in the vegetable garden

Climate change adaptation is being forced upon food gardeners and farmers that grow in the open air. One could become negative about this as its yet another challenge to get […]

Organic garden build – Key design principles for a thriving food garden

Organic garden build is a process that is dependent on many factors and for DIY organic gardeners, its very easy to get sidetracked into creating something that does not really […]

Harvesting herbs with the Rose Blossom Children

Harvesting herbs from your organic garden is always a joy. We have a mixture of herbs to harvest giving us the delights of fresh herbs for cooking and teas every […]

Nematode control in your organic garden

Nematode control is a common challenge of organic gardeners. There are a large variety of nematodes that are helpful for the garden, but its the root knot nematode that causes […]

How to grow basil in your organic garden

How to grow basil, one of my favourite herb crops in the organic garden. If handled well, its a massively productive plant for a small space that crops over long […]

Vegetable seedlings – tips on how to plant

Vegetable seedlings are the starting point for a healthy and productive organic garden, once you have your garden layout and soil well prepared. You will be surprised at how small, […]

Planting vegetable seeds – open pollinated, hybrid or GMO?

  Planting vegetable seeds using open pollinated, hybrid or GMO seeds is an important question for gardeners and this question has been at the heart of large disturbances in farming […]

Green manure crops – growing tips for your organic garden

Green manure crops are grown specifically for soil health in your organic garden, rather than grown to eat. This may seem like an unnecessary interruption for most food gardeners. The […]

Making compost from a compost bin in 2 months – made simple

Making compost is an essential part of an organic gardener’s yearly activity.There are many ways to make compost and this blog concentrates on one simple method which I think overcomes […]

How is biodynamic gardening different to organic gardening

Comparing biodynamic gardening methods to organic gardening is a common question I deal with at our workshops. One of my favourite authors on organic and biodynamic growing is Wolf Storl […]

Vegetable garden water saving tips

Vegetable garden water saving is critical at dry times of the year. Its so easy to waste water but with a number consistent practices explained below, you can greatly reduce […]

How to create a green thumb in your vegetable garden

When I first became passionate about vegetable gardening many years ago, the concept of a “green thumb” fascinated and frustrated me. I have always felt there was no end to […]

Rural residential organic gardening and urban farming tips

The lure of moving onto acreage gets to many people, I am one of them and have lived on 5 acres of rural residential land now for about 20 years. […]

Your spring food garden

For your organic garden, spring is a time when nature really awakens from its winter slumber and life in your food garden is transformed. Here are my tips to help […]

Food gardening with children

Having an organic vegetable or herb garden and some fruit trees at your home is a wonderful avenue for engaging your family in a healthy, enjoyable and productive activity. What […]