Strawberries in the Desert

Story telling from Australia

Protect your patch

I’ve just come back from two days in Tasmania to discover birds have pecked at the 19 figs I’ve been jealously guarding for the past four months. I should have … Continue reading

February 11, 2016 · 7 Comments

When the time comes

Maybe I was expecting too much but I’ve been a tad disappointed in the lemon, lime and grapefruit trees I planted almost two years ago. The latter two probably hate … Continue reading

June 26, 2015 · 6 Comments

The humble tomato

I can’t let the week slip by without blogging about tomatoes, a last hurrah before autumn hits here in Sydney – and what a hurrah. Here’s what I picked at … Continue reading

February 19, 2015 · 12 Comments

How to rid your garden of woodlice

I was so impressed by what I learnt at Balmain’s community garden last weekend that I had to share the following tip on how to rid your garden of woodlice. Woodlice are … Continue reading

June 19, 2014 · 4 Comments


I’ve always tried to make a garden productive, even if all I had was a balcony or  window box. It feels wrong if there’s nothing to pick and eat, like … Continue reading

March 20, 2014 · 12 Comments

The Good The Bad and The Damage

Oh joy! It had me singing along to the radio, wiggling my hips and jiggling my arse. It was rain. Merciful, gentle blessed rain falling from the sky. Two weeks … Continue reading

November 28, 2013 · Leave a comment

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