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Crop planning with post-it notes. And moving that Greenhouse…

September 27, 2013 | Farming, Gardening, Market Garden | 5 comments | Author:

Last weekend we held our annual Spring Market Garden Masterclass down at Allsun Farm, with the unstoppable forces that are Joyce Wilkie and Michael Plane. This long weekend is always something akin to diving into Joyce + Mike’s heads, and … Continued

Chlorophyll Powered Everything

August 30, 2013 | Farming, Gardening, Market Garden | 12 comments | Author:

The winter green manure mix has done it’s job, and done it well. Now for the transformation – green carpet turns to living mulch turns into seed bed. It’s planting time. 

Grower Profile: Michael Hewins, Milkwood Farm

August 5, 2013 | Farming, Gardening, Market Garden, Profiles | 2 comments | Author:

We think it is high time we started introducing you to the network of awesomeness that is the growers and doers we work with, and whom we take inspiration from. These are the folks we know and love who spend … Continued

New models for awesome Community Supported Agricultures (CSAs)

January 1, 2013 | Farming, Gardening, Market Garden | 21 comments | Author:

The capacity and creativity of Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) models are growing. What used to be a simple (but noble) system of receiving a box of veggies fresh from a reasonably local farm each week is no longer the only … Continued

Bring on Tomato season (and what we’re doing differently this year)

December 4, 2012 | Gardening, Vegetable Gardening | 14 comments | Author:

So we’re into year 2 of community-scale tomato production. Last year the tomato yield was respectable, hailstorms and fruit fly notwithstanding. This year, we’re trying to hone our technique a little in terms of infrastructure, as well as planning to … Continued

Pea Party

November 12, 2012 | Farming, Gardening, Market Garden | 13 comments | Author:

Field pea harvest time… this calls for a pea party. While no longer common in supermarkets, podded peas are on the menu at Milkwood Farm this week. Michael sowed them as a spring crop that would both improve the soil … Continued

Good book: Crop Planning for Organic Vegetable Growers

November 6, 2012 | Farming, Gardening, Market Garden, Publications, Resources | 6 comments | Author:

If you’re looking for a good resource on the actual practicalities of taking on market gardening, get a copy of this book. It’s full of deeply practical insights and uses multiple small-scale, successful vegetable growers direct experiences as templates for … Continued

A radish can make you smile

November 5, 2012 | Gardening, Vegetable Gardening | 10 comments | Author:

See? New season radishes have got to be one of the cutest things in the garden cabinet. Especially when they’re organically grown, multicolored, freshly washed and about to become lunch… Radish tops are also great in salads, especially when the … Continued

Cima di Rapa

November 1, 2012 | Farming, Gardening, Market Garden | 9 comments | Author:

Cima di Rapa is is a common brassica green in Italy, but not well known in Australia. Which is a shame, because it is truly delicious. And hardy. And nutritious. So we’re growing bucketloads of the stuff in the market … Continued

Picking silverbeet thinnings as microgreens

October 18, 2012 | Farming, Gardening, Harvesting, Market Garden | 3 comments | Author:

This year in the market garden Michael has sown lots of silverbeet and rainbow chard, because it’s such a versatile and hardy green. However silverbeet are poly-embryonic, which means that multiple plants will sprout from the one seed. So to … Continued

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