I’m super lucky to write a monthly gardening column for ABC Everyday, the lifestyle website of Australia’s national broadcaster — I’ve saved my full story catalogue here for easy reference.

I alternate between first-person pieces about things I’ve learned in my own tarndanya / Adelaide garden (through trial and a whole heap of error) and interviews with awesome urban Aussie gardeners growing organic food in interesting and clever ways.

And yup, there’s the odd permaculture theme gently woven in…

Here’s my column catalogue, full of tips to get you growing

How to start growing mushrooms at home, August 2021

Out the back of his Lismore rental, in northern New South Wales, Joel and his sister Chez are “vertically farming” inside their shed — growing enough nutritious oyster mushrooms in stacked buckets to feed both themselves and their local community.

➔ You can follow Joel’s work via Swap and Grow Mushrooms. And you might also like to check out Young Farmers Connect, a non-profit Joel founded.

➔ And if you’re keen to learn to grow, this Milkwood Home Mushroom Cultivation course is ace!

What is sun mapping and how can it help homegrown veggies thrive? July 2021

Edible plants need sunlight to grow — the more of it, the better — yet the sun changes position across the seasons, dropping lower in winter and throwing longer shadows across the earth. Here’s how to map the sun to work out which spots are best to grow food at your place.

Anna the Urban Nanna in her Melbourne backyard.

How to grow vegetables and fruit trees while renting, June 2021

Anna Matilda has lived in five different rental houses in the past decade — and sustained a thriving veggie patch at each one. Her secret? The Naarm (Melbourne) permaculture gardener grows almost all her food in pots.

➔ You can follow Anna’s work via The Urban Nanna.

Me fertilising my garden with a green watering can and homemade weed tea.

How to use fertiliser in your vegetable patch, May 2021

For about two years I produced sad little vegetables from my backyard patch. Finally dawned on me — the importance of fertiliser. Because turns out, compost alone won’t make for lush produce. Here’s what to do instead.

And — I’m on the hunt for stories! Do you fit the bill?

Are you a youngish food gardener (roughly aged 25–40) growing loads of organic food?

I’m always looking for interesting people to feature in my Q&A pieces, particularly folks growing veggies in urban backyards or very small spaces. If that sounds like you or someone you know, please get in contact.

And a big thanks to the ABC Everyday team and my editor Sonya Gee for giving me this ace opportunity.