8 10, 2019

Pollination Explanation

By | 2019-10-08T11:51:28+00:00 October 8th, 2019|Nursery, Nursery Advice|0 Comments

Hooray! Our male and female mountain peppers are flowering and spring seems like a good time to talk about pollination. Like Kiwi fruit, Carob and Pistachio, Mountain Peppers (Tasmannia lanceolata) are dioecious, which means having male and female sex organs on separate plants. If you want them to fruit you need to have BOTH [...]

22 07, 2019

Bare-root Fruit Trees Explained

By | 2019-07-22T18:06:54+00:00 July 22nd, 2019|Nursery, Nursery Advice|0 Comments

July is a fairly quiet time in the vege garden. The garlic is shooting, the silverbeet is looking lush and the peas and broad beans are stretching their green little heads to the sky. It's tempting to think you can sit back with a cuppa and relax! But if you have the room winter [...]

17 09, 2018

Of Love and Avocado Flowers: The mysterious sex life of avocado trees

By | 2019-11-11T15:43:48+00:00 September 17th, 2018|Nursery, Nursery Advice|3 Comments

Let’s be frank: the confusion about avocado flowers and their pollination is well justified. Their reproductive habits are as mysterious and romantic as a magical realism novel, fascinating but sometimes hard to follow. It’s fitting because these trees originated in the warm, humid climes of Central and South America. As far as floral gender [...]

24 05, 2016

Edible Gardens

By | 2016-11-10T10:30:22+00:00 May 24th, 2016|Community Groups|0 Comments

Ed Lagzdin has been involved with the LETS community at CERES for many years. He recently contributed this article to a local paper and it has some great info about edible gardens. It's essentially a book review of Edible Gardens - A Practical Guide by Craig Castree, but Ed has useful pointers for backyard growers. [...]