Category Archives: Tasmania

Gum: The story of eucalypts & their champions

If I was pressured to name one plant that was ‘absolutely Australian’ I would say the gum tree / eucalypt. Of course, I realise that eucalypts are found around the world however it is the variety and diverse natures of … Continue reading

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RTBG – a couple of November weeks

Thursday week ago, we dedicated ourselves to the large marjoram covered garden spaces beneath the olive trees in the Food Garden of the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens (RTBG)– and once again we did our best to rid the ground of … Continue reading

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Planting bamboo

Bamboo is a plant endemic to a number of countries around the world (not only in Asia. For example, Australia has three endemic varieties). This versatile plant is now grown in many locations to provide buildings, scaffolding, wind breaks, privacy … Continue reading

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Change is always possible

Next to a large red flowering camellia, in my front garden, grew a particularly attractive Rhododendron called Silver Edge with variegated leaves. Around these colourful plants grew self-sown marigolds, cosmos, potatoes, strawberries, tomato seedlings and unwanted plants better known as … Continue reading

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Discouraging codling moth from your apples and pears

In past blog posts (eg here and here) I have talked about my methods for trying to prevent codling moth tunnelling their way into my beautiful apples; basically I have been using agricultural glue on cardboard wrapped around branches and … Continue reading

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Blooming flowers good enough to eat

On the Goodlifepermaculture website comes a delightful video which shows a selection of flowers growing in our southern Tasmanian spring gardens right now, that can be eaten. This inspired me to wander in my garden and, with two exceptions (the … Continue reading

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RTBG 4th November 2021

Pre-Covid Thursday weather has returned!  Glorious blue skies. Warming temperatures.  Clean clear air after a night’s gentle rain.  And so it was in the Food Garden of the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens (RTBG). Sparkling, luscious, fresh and colourful. When I … Continue reading

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A chance to learn-Permablitz post 4 of 4

Currently, ‘food forests’ are much talked about by many gardeners.  If this term is new to you, then contemplate what you know about forests, out there in the bush, in the wild. The bush is a layered and co-operative collection of … Continue reading

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A chance to learn-Permablitz post 3 of 4

My Permablitz experience continued. I was interested to see the hugelkultur. Long term blog readers may recall that I built one in my own garden last May – you can refer to the blog post story here – so I … Continue reading

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A chance to learn-Permablitz post 2 of 4

Yesterday I introduced you to my recent Permablitz experience. In this post I will delve a little deeper into the permaculture practices we followed to create the herb garden. After a short welcome from the household owners, we self-divided into … Continue reading

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