How to Grow Broad Beans

Broad beans are always part of my autumn roster out in the veggie garden. They are simple to grow, delicious to eat and planting them naturally enriches the soil. For me, the humble broad bean is also a personal lucky charm.


How to keep backyard chickens

The newest addition to our suburban backyard is a pair of chickens.   Water Pistol and Cooper (as we call them) love life in their new chook house and my kids enjoy watching them forage up and down the chicken run. Each day we collect fresh, delicious tasting eggs laid by our own friendly birds. If you’re interested in chooks for your own backyard, here are the basics to get you started.

How to build a scarecrow

Okay, so who doesn’t love making a scarecrow? This is a fun activity to do with the kids at any time of year, whether it’s in the lead up to Halloween or during the Christmas school holidays. Building a scarecrow is also a great way to repurpose old clothes that you no longer use. 

How to dry chillies the Italian way

For most Italian families, the garage is the hub for many gatherings and activities, such as making tomato sauce and curing meats.   Hanging in Nonno’s garage was not only homemade prosciutto crudo and salami, but also dried chillies… big, long strings of them.

How to turn your balcony garden into a green oasis

With a growing number of us switching to apartment living, the concept of gardening is changing. Think indoor jungles, lush green walls and rooftop gardens filled to the brim with edible plants.  All ranges of gardens are being used to green up our urban spaces.  If you’re an apartment dweller, the balcony is a great place to start. 

Top Tips for Growing the World’s Best Homegrown Tomatoes.

For many of us, cup weekend marks the celebration of all things Melbourne.   It marks the change of the seasons.  For some, it’s a time to get frocked up and head to the races, others it means playing Tetris with camping gear in the back of the car, and if you are a gardener like me.   It means time to transplant those tomatoes seedlings.  

Your guide for how to grow tomatoes from seeds

What’s the first vegetable that comes to mind when you think of Italian food? I’ll bet you were thinking of the tomato (though strictly speaking, it’s a fruit).

There are three different types of tomatoes – and as The Hungry Gardener, I love them all. First, there are bush tomatoes, which as the name suggests have a bushy habit. This type of tomato stays small and doesn’t require staking, so it’s great for growing in pots.

How to grow fennel like a pro at home

I love being The Hungry Gardener and growing my own produce. Fennel is my favourite veggie by far. Everything tastes better with fennel.

It reminds me of cosy winter nights sitting around Nonna’s table eating the homemade pork sausages she had laced with it.

The herbs to grow for homemade cocktails & teas

Herbs are great all-rounders in the garden. They’re easy to grow and even easier to use as flavour-packed additions in your cooking.

But you don’t have to stop there. Whether you’re a fan of cocktails, mocktails or tea, some freshly picked herbs will give a boost to your beverage of choice.

The fruit trees you should start growing right now

We should plant more trees in our neighbourhoods, along streets, in parks and in our own gardens: Trees beautify and add value to whole suburbs, they provide shade and clean the air.

Fruit trees are a particularly good choice for gardens and public spaces. I remember on a visit to Rome a few years ago, I came across a street lined with orange trees.