SARAH THE GARDENER

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Finding Peace in a Garden

This weekend I was in Melbourne and for me one of the highlights was to be exploring every inch of the Royal Botanic Gardens, with the long suffering Hubby the Un-Gardener in tow.  It was an incredible day.  The sky…

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Protecting the autumn seedlings

At this time of year, it is important to get the seeds of the new winter season off to a good start while the soil is still warm.  But there is a bit of a problem with this.  The majority…

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Well autumn aye?!

I always find this a strange turn of seasons. Especially because the transition is so vague. Spring is cut and dried. We are so over winter that we are happy to declare the 1st of September the first day of…

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Collecting apples for crushing

Currently, in my gardenless state, any opportunity to get up close and personal with any kind of gardening and I’m in.  Even a rain soaked autumnal day won’t dampen my enthusiasm, so when I was invited to help pick apples…

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Soaking in the Science

I find if I want to figure out how something works it is important to know everything.  I’m not very good at accepting things at face value if it means I’m not quite clear on how it works.  Except possibly…

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Sweet Chilli Goodness

I don’t know about you but I needed a break from all that heavy sciency stuff.  You should see what I have been looking into for us next!  I do have to say it has been a great distraction from…

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The root of the problem

On my journey to understanding my sandy soil from the plant to the soil, we have already found that the plant pretty much sucks up the water from the soil and releases it out of the leaves as water vapour…

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How do plants work?

Just to recap – I am on a journey to understanding my sandy soil that has taken me into the murky depths of soil and plant science to find clarity.  I am trying to understand the reason behind things, so…

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What makes soil tick

When you have great soil, you don’t really need to give it much thought.  Just pop the plants in, they grow wonderfully, you harvest a bountiful crop and then chuck in some more compost and fertilisers to replace what was…

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The dirty lowdown

I’ve been pleasantly surprised.  The sandy soil isn’t actually all that bad.  I always thought of it as a soulless substrate that contained very little goodness that needed amending within an inch of its life!  I believed those who had…

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