Tips to a lusty green lawn, by Kathleen Bernie

Once a year, either in spring or in autumn, both, if I am really motivated, I dethatch (vigorously rake out any dead grass that has built up) and core (give the area a good fork over to loosen the soil). Coring reduces compaction and improves aeration and drainage.

Mark overcrowded bulb clumps......


....... because they need to be divided!!! However the trick is to know when.

What to do with frost tender plants?

Let them die and replace them with hardier ones!!!!

Aurelie Quade 

Less than 200 metres for the little birds, by Helen Quade


    Did you know that most little birds will not travel from one tree to the next if they are over 200m apart?
    Helen Quade



Keep a warm heart on cold days!!!

Winter is on its way, rather early this year!!!! Keep the spirit up!!!! Say hello to casseroles, stews, woodfires and glasses of red to compliment the lot.

Or, how about a nice herbal tea, with herbs picked in your garden!!!!!

Which ever way, just enjoy!!!

Aurélie Quade

PS: Please do not come back to this website, if you are stupid to the point where you need to be reminded that you should be drinking alcohol in moderation.

April's quick vegetable guide

Time has come to plant out in NSW:
(if you are passionate enough, have a look at the moon calendar)

Beetroot, broad beans, broccoli, brussels sprouts, burdock, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, chives, collards (kale), corn salad, endive, florence fennel, garlic,  huauzontle, jerusalem artichoke, kohlrabi, leeks, lettuce, mizuna, mustard greens, onion, oregano, pak choy (bok choy), parsley, peas, radish, rocket, salsify, shallots, silverbeet, snow peas, spinach, swedes, turnips.

Planting vegetables with the moon

My great uncle closely follows the moon calendar and my grand-father claims that:

Vegetables growing from the ground up, should be planted with an increasing moon.
Vegetables growing from the ground down, should be planted with a decreasing moon.

Aurélie Quade

Time to relax with Jackie's book review

I kept hearing great things about this book before I finally picked it up myself and read it from front to back without a moment's hesitation.

Time to relax with Jackie's book review

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
A delightful and witty book written by a woman who unfortunately passed away
before her book was published. Annie Barrows is the niece who published her
aunt's book and am sure is very glad she did!
This novel's story is formed by a series of letters. I was wondering before
I read it how that was going to create a story that flowed but it does! The
main subject, Miss Juliet Ashton writes with such dry wit and heart-warming

Gardening and clean fingernails?

Anna says YES we can!!!!

Wear disposable gloves under your usual gardening gloves.

Just make sure that they are biodegradable.