Strawberries in the Desert

Story telling from Australia

Should you tip prune citrus?

That was the question I googled this week following a brutal hailstorm that neatly tip pruned all the citrus trees, crushed the blueberries and stripped paint off the back door … Continue reading

August 27, 2015 · 6 Comments

Guidance from the local hardware store

Ironing boards, step ladders, front door mats and bags of compost get stacked outside Beattie Trading on Darling Street every morning and taken in again each night. Our local hardware … Continue reading

August 21, 2015 · 10 Comments

Jury Service

Jury service has been on my bucket list for a frustratingly long time. Younger friends summoned two or three times have declined, with perfectly legitimate reasons. I would gladly have … Continue reading

August 13, 2015 · 18 Comments

Quietly optimistic

Copper tape repels slugs and snails by giving them a small electric shock. Place it on the soil around tender young plants, or fix it along the rim of plant … Continue reading

August 6, 2015 · 4 Comments

I'm a writer based in Australia with a passion for gardening, remote places and people with a story to tell.