The Practical Gardener

Autumn Veggie Gardening

I feel blessed to live in a temperate climate where we get to experience the wonder of autumn in all its shades every year. Every autumn is different, even more so as our climate changes and becomes less predictable. As gardeners it teaches us to observe closely and...

Tool of the Month – April

Japanese Hand Hoe The Japanese Hand Hoe, with ash grip, is a wonderful tool for all kinds of gardening. If you have a small back yard garden with lots of no dig boxes or garden pots then this is the ideal garden tool for you. Its great for making small holes for...

Winter Annuals

PLANNING Think about where you might need to fill in spaces in the garden so when you divide your perennials later you know where they are going.Get flower beds and pots ready for potted colour and winter annuals.  Think about colour schemes, textures and variations....

Winter and spring-flowering bulbs are hitting now

PREPARING Winter and spring-flowering bulbs are hitting now. (We will keep you posted on Instagram when they hit). Grab your favourites. If it is too early to plant, keep them in a cool, dark place. At least you will have them.  Prepare beds and pots for bulbs by...
Autumn Veggie Gardening

Autumn Veggie Gardening

I feel blessed to live in a temperate climate where we get to experience the wonder of autumn in all its shades every year. Every autumn is different, even more so as our climate changes and becomes less predictable. As gardeners it teaches us to observe closely and...

Tool of the Month – April

Japanese Hand Hoe The Japanese Hand Hoe, with ash grip, is a wonderful tool for all kinds of gardening. If you have a small back yard garden with lots of no dig boxes or garden pots then this is the ideal garden tool for you. Its great for making small holes for...

Winter Annuals

PLANNING Think about where you might need to fill in spaces in the garden so when you divide your perennials later you know where they are going.Get flower beds and pots ready for potted colour and winter annuals.  Think about colour schemes, textures and variations....

Winter and spring-flowering bulbs are hitting now

PREPARING Winter and spring-flowering bulbs are hitting now. (We will keep you posted on Instagram when they hit). Grab your favourites. If it is too early to plant, keep them in a cool, dark place. At least you will have them.  Prepare beds and pots for bulbs by...

PLANTING. PREPARING. PLANNING. FLOWERING

PLANTING. PREPARING. PLANNING. FLOWERING

These are the buzzwords for April ... Even though in March it officially became Autumn, the soil in our gardens is still warm and there is plenty of sunshine to come, despite the cooler nights and mornings. Lots of time to get new plants into the ground to establish...