- Díbeartach (the_old_soul) wrote in aussie_garden,
- Díbeartach

New Garden

Now I really am going to get my act together and build a garden that is outside. Since it's warming up and Spring up here usually means much-needed rain, it's probably a good time.
The thing is planning. I live in the Blue Mountains, NSW, so we do get some decent frosts and cold winds. I'm very much into herbs, and have sage, marjoram, oregano, curry plant, mugwort, yarrow, comfrey, corriander, lemonbalm, mint, rue, thyme, bramhi, elderflower, feverfew, rosemary, bergamot, catnip, wormwood and parsely already. I have a small sweet basil, but it looks like it might be on the way out. I also have a tomato and a french lavender to stick in somewhere.
I want the focus to be veges and herbs, posibly some frost tolerant citrus fruit like lemon. The space I have is a 20 by 15 foot rectangle for which I plan to have some good soil brought in to build it up, as well as the goodies from my compost tumbler and worm farm.
My question is mainly this : Where can you find out about which fruit, vegetable and herb plants are suitable for your corner of Australia, and if I have to take things into consideration like building a shelter to keep frost off, companion planting or whatever. Generally how to manage a successful Aussie vege garden in the space I have, and in NSW climate.
Er ... any ideas?
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i can recommend two books i've read so far: babs corbett's 'intimate secrets of a flambouyant gardener' and 'companion planting in australia' by brenda little. the first i bought and the second i got at the library. both were fun and interesting reads.

I recently purchased - 'Fruit & Vegetable gardening in Australia' by Michael Pollock, and published by the Royal Horticultural society.
I've found it to be very comprehensive, and the best book i've found that deals with fruit & veg in Australian conditions. It does have information on some herbs but covers the more common varieties only. The price of the book is bound to put some people off (my copy cost $59.95).

I've never had much luck finding anything worthwhile online that deals with growing veg & herbs in Australia, the occassional site about a specific herb or Vegetable is out there but nothing that covers a hell of a lot. Maybe someone else in this forum has come across something.