Now that I’m a suburban homeowner with a garden that needs looking after, strange as it still feels, I’ve been experimenting with planting Australian natives. Many of them are drought-tolerant and suited for the variable climate patterns of southern Australia: beating sun, dry spells, strong winds, torrential rains, light frosts. Continue reading »
Square foot gardening is a handy, well-known method for figuring out how to cram in a bunch of edibles into a small space, and I admit it, I also like how visually tidy the results are. I really wanted to try it out with our raised veggie beds this year, once we rebuilt them from scratch. Continue reading »
White waratah in flower at the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens.
Some Australian flowers are better than others. Fact.
I’m partial to the protea family, which produces iconic gaudy flowers like banksias and grevilleas, and last year I planted one of the most iconic of the bunch: a waratah. Continue reading »