Category Archives: Market Garden

Summer is DONE (but our garden is not)

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So officially, Summer is done and dusted. Which is fine with me, if it means Autumn rains aplenty. By the Milkwood Farm clock, however, we’re still right smack bang in Summer, for a few more weeks at least.

Tomatoes absolutely everywhere, corn coming on, beans about to ripen, cucurbits extra absolutely everywhere, and Surprise! more ducklings. Ah, Summer…  Continue reading

Harvest Cafe: paddock to plate, for real


The whole restaurant-with-added-market-garden is becoming a bit of a thing. And hooray for that.

Most examples I’ve seen, however, are heavy on look-and-feel, but light on actual, really truly, garden-to-plate action. Not so with Harvest Cafe in Newrybar, just south of Byron Bay.  Continue reading

Wagtail Urban Farm, Adelaide: Grower Profile

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Ever wanted to start an urban micro-farm on that spare block at the end of your street?

Check out this stunning example: Wagtail Urban Farm - a blooming spare-block in Adelaide. Living proof that growing on rented urban land can be a very good thing.  Continue reading

Building our Greenhouse

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‘Next year, we’ll build a proper greenhouse’ – how many years in a row have we said that? At least five. But at last, it’s happened.

Given the frosty conditions and temperamental weather here, a happy space for our spring seedlings to germinate and grow has been a wonderful, powerful thing. No more seed raising in the loungeroom and everywhere else they will fit! Huzzah. Here’s how we did it.  Continue reading

Do you want to Grow? Common2Us is hiring

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A quick note that Common2Us, an awesome, non-certified organic, small market garden in Dural, are looking for a grower to join their small team. Experience preferred, but not essential for the right person.

We visited Common2Us recently and were really impressed by their, well, their everything, actually. This would be a pretty special chance to get your hands dirty with one of the funkiest growing crews of Sydney’s food bowl. The position description is here.

Image above is Borja of Common2Us and Michael from Milkwood during our recent visit there…

Three fold-up Farmstand ideas

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DIY fold-up farmstands allow producers (or picklers, bakers and beyond) a flexible way of bringing food to the people.

They also protect your produce from the sun, and allow for a quick pack up should the rain come down.  Continue reading

Crop planning with post-it notes. And moving that Greenhouse…

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Last weekend we held our annual Spring Market Garden Masterclass down at Allsun Farm, with the unstoppable forces that are Joyce Wilkie and Michael Plane.

This long weekend is always something akin to diving into Joyce + Mike’s heads, and into the crunchy whirlwind that is a small, diverse ‘garden farm’. Here’s a little of what we got up to…  Continue reading

Learn Organic Market Gardening basics with us!

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In less than two weeks we’ll be opening up the Milkwood market garden for 3 days of hands-on learning in the craft of organic market gardening.

Last chance till Autumn to get your learning on! It will be a scrumptious and inspiring workshop. Check out the pictures from last time here…  Continue reading

Why Movable Greenhouses are a Great Idea

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Movable greenhouses (on rails, skids or wheels) can be a great idea for the serious backyard grower or small-scale veggie farmer.

They’re a great way to benefit your plants, extend your growing season and avoid the potential insect and disease buildup of greenhouse growing…

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Chlorophyll Powered Everything

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The winter green manure mix has done it’s job, and done it well. Now for the transformation – green carpet turns to living mulch turns into seed bed.

It’s planting time.  Continue reading


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