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
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 food production, developing a stronger food culture, building more resilient cities, aiding ecology and biodiversity and creating new economic pathways? All big picture questions where...
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 winter in our sub tropical climate. The organic and biodynamic methods we use to manage the garden and its design have all contributed to its
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 common inputs for organic gardeners, chicken manure and newspapers. When I say without chemicals, I do mean without harmful and mostly synthetic chemicals, as...
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 gardeners in Australia are more often presented with the challenge of keeping their organic gardens moist than managing excess moisture. In managing excess moisture in […]
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 such an earthy, slow moving activity as organic gardening? My observations below, after running a number of corporate workshops focused on organic gardening over the […]
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 serve your needs and motivations. There are a number of key principles I have worked with over the years with our organic garden build Brisbane […]
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 day of the year. We run the Rose Blossom Children childcare service at our home property and the children, aged from 2-5 years, are often […]
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 periods of time in your organic garden, especially if you live in a warmer climate. These are my how to grow basil tips after working […]
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, no-cost changes in how you manage your vegetable seedlings can make such profound difference to their success. I list simple tips below that I work […]