Veggie Patch Ramblings | November

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The muggy heat has arrived in my part of the world with an intensity that makes it difficult to believe that we get zero degree nights here. It has made gardening during the day not so fun – and because we are super busy in the office this time of year, time is limited as […]

Adventures in Gardening


It has been super busy here in the Gardenware office. I’m grateful that when it gets hectic, I open the door and take five minutes out in my garden. This is one of the advantages about working from home… When the going gets tough, I like to go out and enjoy the native frangipani (Hymenosporum […]

How Gardenware fell in love with Bulldog Tools


In 2002, I fell in love with a business book by Paul Hawken called “Growing a Business.” Hawken  wrote the book in the 80’s and used his own business, Smith & Hawken, as an example of successful and sustainable business practices. Smith & Hawken started as a mail order tool catalogue, importing Bulldog solid forged […]

Veggie Patch Ramblings | October

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I was looking forward to getting back into the veggie patch this October. The warmer weather had seen many of the cooler weather crops start to flower and go to seed. Weeds had also loved this weather and were scattered in amongst the nature strip veggie patch. My first task this October was to remove […]

Down To Earth | Interview with a Gardener – John Davis

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John Davis’ garden is named Dingo’s Run.  It was started in 2008 and covers 6 acres of a twenty acre property.  He bought his land in 2007. At the time it was being used for cattle and was almost devoid of trees, except for the summer creek area. Over the last 6 years, it has […]

The Amatuer Gardener | Adventures in Gardening

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Planning and design have never been one of my strong points. However, what I’m realising as I meander through my garden journey is that a little bit of planning is a good thing! Working out where plants will be happy in my garden is a win/win – not only for the plants but for my […]

A Visit to The Huntington Gardens, USA

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About a month ago, I spent 8 days in Los Angeles, USA. Having lived in a small country town the last 10 years, the experience was amazing and slightly overwhelming. During my time there, I managed to visit a place called The Huntington. There is a library, art gallery and botanical gardens located here. It […]

Veggie Patch Ramblings | September

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In September I was away for 10 days. I always love coming back home and checking out my garden when I have been away. The time away makes me see the patch with a fresh perspective and appreciation. This is especially the case if I have been visiting somewhere urban, which in September was Los […]

Food Glorious Food | Cheesecake with a Twist

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After making a Mushroom Chocolate Espresso Cake, I was looking forward to my next vegetable dessert baking experience. I was going to make a Creamy Cauliflower Cheesecake. The usual way I enjoy eating cauliflower is a cauliflower cheese bake and a cheesecake is not that much different (apart from the sugar and biscuit base) Below […]

Down To Earth | Interview with a Gardener – Jackie Walkington

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Jackie Walkington has created a garden space that is inspired by diversity. She appreciates the peace that her garden offers her and over time has become an expert composter! Here is her garden story. First of all how would you describe your garden? (What do you grow? What is your climate like? ) I moved […]