I love nothing better than giving a pretty bunch of herbs from my garden. It's so easy to make, costs nothing but means more than anything else. Read this for some of the meanings behind the herbs ...Read More
If you have a bit of spare room in your garden, a fire pit is essential. My husband Alex bought me one for Christmas a few years ago. It's an antique curry bowl from India that he drilled a hole in the bottom and made an elaborate drainage system underneath (it rains a lot where I live!).Read More
Here's a peek at some of the jobs and things in flower at Castanea this month. I've been planting a new area of dianella (strappy native grasses) underneath where the leaves will fall next autumn. Instant mulch.
I write about The Herb Walk in The Midsummer Garden. I used it as the inspiration for Mary's garden in my novel.
When I moved to Castanea, I wanted a garden brimming with herbs. With scents as you walked past. Of course, any gardener will tell you things never quite go to plan. For example, the wallabies ate 100 bay saplings I planned to make into a hedge - I have 1 left! In their defence, it was a drought year ...Read More
I'm a big fan of saving time and cutting corners whenever I can in the garden. At this time of year, it is all about weeding. But, it is possible using a no-dig garden, to minimise weeds.
I compost the beds over winter, then lay sheets of newspaper down (to stop weeds coming through) and plant into the paper.
Just add water and mulch. Voila!
Here's some pics of how we prepare our no-dig beds. It's so easy the kids can do it ...