TGoG Podcast 082 – Spring Fruit Tree Tips


Spring has finally arrived in South Eastern Australia and the fruit trees are full of blossom with busy bees everywhere doing their thing.  I love this time of year.  The soil is heating up as are the days, and finally a bit of sunshine to boost growth here in the suburban food farm. During this episode I share a few spring fruit tree tips.  I talk about soil conditions, fruit tree pest   [Continue Reading …]

TGoG Podcast 079 – Robyn Rosenfeldt from Pip Magazine


Way back at the start of the year I wrote a post about Pip Magazine.  Robyn Rosenfeldt was seeking funding via crowdsourcing to launch Australia's first permaculture magazine in 10 years. I caught up with Robyn during this episode to see how things were progressing with the magazine (now in its second issue), to learn a little bit more about Robyn herself and her lifestyle. I found   [Continue Reading …]

Veggie Patch Maintenance

Sugar Loaf Cabbage

Garden maintenance is essential at this or any time of the year.  Weeds to be pulled.  Vegetables to be fertilized.  Weeds to be pulled!  Yes I said weeding twice.  There was so much of it. Well of course this weekend was no exception.  I had been neglecting the front yard until I discovered that we have a cabbage thief in the area.  It gave me the wake up call that I needed. I spent the   [Continue Reading …]

Frosty Cabbages

Frosty Sugarloaf Cabbage

After two months of winter, we have finally had our first frost!  It was a chilly 1.9°C (35.4F) at 7am this morning, which was our coldest day of the year so far.  Certainly brass monkey weather! So when I arose, I inspected the garden for frost damage, and found these lovely frosty cabbages in all their glory.  Don't they look just beautiful? Cabbages are frost hardy plants, as are most   [Continue Reading …]

Suburban Food Farm – Mid-Winter Update

Suburban Food Farm

Home grown food.  Amazing stuff, even in winter.  I have really surprised myself this winter, by pulling out all the stops and growing vegetables that I would not normally grow.  In the past this has been because I haven't usually had the room, but since my additional 11.5 sqm of front yard garden bed, and the pool area wicking bed, I can put in so much more. Our favourite citrus tree at   [Continue Reading …]

Lamp Post Garden Complete


Whilst I was making some more wooden soap moulds for our upcoming soap making workshops, Kim completed the lamp-post garden makeover. I helped put in the wooden edging and reinforced it with screws, extra wood and stakes so that it wouldn't move with a bit of weight behind it, but other than that, all the work and beautification was her hard graft. This is where we left off last   [Continue Reading …]

New Look for the Lamp Post Garden


So glad to be back on my feet again after so long recovering. I put all this healthiness to good use, and helped Kim today spruce up a little looked after part of the garden. We fondly call it our lamp post garden, for reasons that will become obvious as you read further. It is too dark and shaded to grow vegetables in, although when we first moved in 14 years ago, it did have a very old   [Continue Reading …]

TGoG Podcast 072 – Growing Organically with Kathy Finigan

Kathy's beautiful organic garden

I put out an invitation via my Facebook page for podcast guests the other day, and a lovely lady called Kathy Finigan replied.  She is passionate about sustainable living and she is a qualified in agricultural science, urban horticultural and permaculture.  A handy person to have around, so I asked her to be my guest on the show. She has been a TAFE teacher for 29 years teaching general   [Continue Reading …]

Our Winter Harvest

Winter Harvest

Who says you can't grow much in food winter?  Well, I think that it is a bit of a fallacy. Here in Melton (Heat zone 4, Cold zone 10), we are managing to harvest food each week to supplement our diet.  Lots of leafy greens, citrus, and Brassica. Because it was a wonderfully sunny winters day, Kim broke out her camera and took heaps of produce photographs for me. Here is some pictures of a   [Continue Reading …]

Tips for Growing Citrus in Pots

Tips for growing citrus in pots

Do you have citrus planted in pots?  Are you concerned that they are not getting enough nutrients or water? I have grown citrus in pots since I first started food gardening in 2007, I have accumulated quite a few tips for growing citrus in pots.  I have had quite successful crops over the years, and am not having too many problems. Lindsay from the very informative   [Continue Reading …]

Our Winter Garden

Our Winter Garden overlay

As part of Ben's media studies, I tasked him to shoot a video of our winter garden and fruit trees. It was his first time with the video camera and tripod, and I think he did a pretty good job.  I performed the editing and voice over, as that is his lesson for next week.   Let Ben know what you think of his videography skills.  I am sure he would love to read your comments. Gav   [Continue Reading …]

Growing Salad Greens in a Wicking Bed

Growing salad greens in a wicking bed

Today we are looking at growing salad greens in a wicking bed.  This type of growing medium is ideal for thirsty vegetables. So, here's one I made earlier.  During the Easter break, I reported to you all that I finished off the wicking bed in the pool area. You can read about how I built it at this post titled Building a Wicking Bed on Concrete. We are currently using it to grow salad   [Continue Reading …]

Front Yard Veggie Patch June Update

Sprouting Broccoli

We received our first frost of the season today, so let's have a look at how the front yard veggie patch is growing.  I spent half an hour out there this morning, pulling the odd weed and breaking off some leaves for Kim to give to the chooks. ;-) I planted six kale plants during easter.  This is the first time that I have grown kale other than a massive variety called Chou Moullier.  That   [Continue Reading …]

White Button Mushroom Update

Growing Mushrooms - Marvellous Mushrooms

I would love to report that the white button mushrooms were growing thick and fast, but I can't. They simply didn't grow after the whiskers appeared. I am going to report this experiment as a failure.  It has been seven weeks since I prepared the Marvellous Mushroom kit from Mr Fothergills seeds.  Something should have happened by now.  The instructions suggest that growth will start at   [Continue Reading …]

TGoG Podcast 065 – Balcony Gardening and Quilting with Teena Webber

The Greening of Gavin Podcast

During her visit, my sister Teena was telling me all about her balcony garden on Bribie Island Queensland, which sounded very impressive. So impressive in fact, that I just had to bring her on to the show as a guest to talk about it. She lives over 1776 km (1103 miles) away from where I do in Victoria, so her climate is vastly different.  For example, she can grow tomatoes in the winter,   [Continue Reading …]

The Top 11 Books That Changed My World View

Preserving for dummies

This post has been a while in the making, and was requested by a reader about two months ago. I really had to think back through all the books I read in the first and subsequent years of my greening. I am a voracious reader, consuming about a book a week.  That is in between greening, blog writing, podcasting, and a full-time day job. I mostly read non-fiction books, sometimes how-to, but   [Continue Reading …]

TGoG Podcast 063 – Suburban Food Farm in May

The Greening of Gavin Podcast

I do love talking about growing food, and I enjoy bringing you these regular updates about what is growing well and what is not. I also have a few observations about climate and the weird things that are happening to a couple of my fruit trees.  Near the end of the show, I talk about all the veggies that you can plant right now in a temperate climate in the Southern Hemisphere. Please   [Continue Reading …]

Broad Bean Seed Experiment

Saved Seed vs Commercial Seed

Growing Broad Beans are easy.  Not much to them really, but this year I am performing a bit of an experiment to see which broad bean seed is better; commercially purchased or saved seed. Will the saved seed be more suited to our climate seeing that it is a generation older in my care?  Will the germination rates differ between the two batches?  Will the saved seed be stronger in the long   [Continue Reading …]