Top Tomato Tips

Would you like to be eating heirloom tomatoes like these, rather than the supermarket “Gourmets” in your summer salads? Supermarket tomatoes are hybrids bred for efficient machine harvesting and long-distance shipping. They contain an introduced slow ripening gene which prevents full development of the natural sugars which are a major component of a tomato’s flavour. Don’t get me wrong. Supermarket…

Hot debate in the garden

There’s a controversy which can stoke passionate debate in gardening circles all over Australia. It’s been on the agenda for over 50 years, and it still has the power to generate heated letters to the editor in gardening magazines. Here’s a clue. A stunning Australian native plant, Banksia ericifolia (banksia), and an equally stunning exotic, climbing rose. In the 1960’s, a…

Mudgee school garden fair- sustainability in action

Forget “potted colour”, forget hothouse flowers that keel over at the first hint of winter frosts. Forget supermarket prices, too! Cudgegong Valley Public School’s 2017 garden fair was a great place to buy plants for anyone interested in sustainable gardening in our local area. Local knowledge is invaluable when it comes selecting the right plants for your garden. And the…

A garden with heart and soul

An Australian who led the way for women in broadcasting in America, and her American husband, who reported several major historic events of the twentieth century, have spent the last 17 years living in Mudgee and creating their dream garden. In 2001, with family bonds tugging at their heartstrings, Susan Bray and Ed DeLong left their home in Philadelphia and…

Sustainability made easy

Would you like hundreds of bright flowers, herbs and vegetables in your garden, which you haven’t had to plant, or care for? Which thrive in thin soil, surprise you by popping up in beds you’ve prepared for other plants, or materialise in remote corners of your garden? If you don’t have this, you absolutely can, and you…