Category Archives: Organic waterwise gardening

See The Great Gardens Team In Action!

In my recent posts on waterwise gardening and sustainable gardening practices tailored to Perth conditions, I have sung the praises of the Great Garden Seminars. These free workshops are held throughout the year all over the metropolitan area. They’ve become increasingly popular over the last 5 years, and you now have to book ahead to ensure you get into your chosen seminar.

I can’t recommend the Great Gardens seminars highly enough. The GG crew include “celebrity gardeners” Sabrina Hahn, Josh Bryne and John Colwill, but all the presenters are experts in their own right, and represent the extreme cutting edge in contemporary sustainable garden design and practice in Perth and WA. Continue reading See The Great Gardens Team In Action!

Mulch – The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

I’m not gonna beat around the westringea here. You know that black mulch that costs more than any other? The stuff you see hastily piled into garden beds when a house goes on the market? Well, it’s crap.

Black mulchies will be taking on combat stances at this point. People don’t like having their assumptions challenged. Like, black mulch must be the best. It looks so dark and rich and fertile, and the pro gardeners use it, and the soil and garden centres recommend it, and it’s expensive.

That last point’s the clincher. Quality usually is directly proportional to price. You get what you pay for, right?

Right, but wrong in the case of mulch! Wrong wrong wrong! Continue reading Mulch – The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

Here’s the Perfect Spring Dish – and Ferran Adria Agrees!

Spring has arrived with a sproing. There’s a vibration of renewal, freshness, burgeoning life in the natural world. Buds are bloomin’, bees are buzzin’, birds are bonkin’. But it ain’t birds bees or buds that bang my spring drum. It ain’t the warming sun or the big blue skies.

It’s a spring vegetable that, picked fresh out of your own organic backyard garden and given a simple treatment, is that rarity – a food experience that cannot be improved. The perfect dish.

Big statement, yes. Stay with me. All will be revealed in a moment. Continue reading Here’s the Perfect Spring Dish – and Ferran Adria Agrees!