What to Plant in November

This month’s post is dedicated to Joe, our long standing garden supervisor, who  leaves our little community for more exciting gardening challenges.  We thank him for his passion for our garden, his generosity, for sharing his skills, and his sad jokes, but mostly we thank him for all the dedicated hard work that he has put into our garden for many years. Happy gardening in the … Continue reading What to Plant in November

Growing Yacon

The Yacon, which is also known as the Peruvian Ground Apple is related to the sunflower, in the Astereceae family and the Jerusalem artichoke. It originates and is grown in the northern to central Andes from Colombia to northern Argentina and has crisp and sweet tasting tubers. They are now becoming more readily available for the home gardener too. Yacon plants can grow to over … Continue reading Growing Yacon

Growing Sweet Corn

Growing sweet corn in the home garden can be rewarding and with a little preparation and a good watering regime you can have a bountiful harvest of delicious and juicy corn over the summer. Growth habits and planting needs Select a site that gets full sun. Early preparation will ensure excellent rich soil for planting. Sweet corn needs rich fertile soil and abundant water to … Continue reading Growing Sweet Corn

What to Plant in October

The following is a list of things you can plant in October in Sydney, a temperate zone: Amaranth Artichokes Asparagus Basil Beans – climbing and bush beans Beetroot Broccoli Cabbage Cape Gooseberry Capsicum Carrot Celery – in seed trays Chicory Chillies Cucumber Daikon Dill Eggplant Jerusalem artichoke Leeks Lettuce Luffa Marrow – in seed trays Mustard Greens Okra – in seed trays Parsley Parsnip Peas … Continue reading What to Plant in October

What to Plant in September

Today is the first day of spring and this is the first planting guide of the season. The following is a list of things you can plant in September in Sydney, a temperate zone: Amaranth Artichokes Asparagus Basil Beans – climbing and bush beans Beetroot Broccoli Cabbage Cape Gooseberry Capsicum Carrot Celery Chicory Chillies Cucumber Eggplant Jerusalem artichoke Leeks Lettuce Luffa Marrow Mustard Greens Parsnip Peas … Continue reading What to Plant in September

Growing Tomatoes

Tomatoes are the jewels of summer and always taste best when home grown. With good soil preparation and the careful selection of varieties you can successfully grow delicious tomatoes even in Sydney where the fruit fly creates challenges for the tomato grower. Growth habits and planting needs Choose a site that gets full sun for at least 8 hours a day when growing tomatoes. Make … Continue reading Growing Tomatoes