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Why I can’t give up my lawn

I learned to ride a bike on the lawn. Not a rough-as-guts Aussie lawn, but the softer, feathery kind from my UK childhood. The lawn cushioned the blows when I grew too old for training wheels but not old enough for the open road. Read more

Wordless Wednesday #2

Welcome to Wordless Wednesday, this week’s sneak peek into Geeky’s wet and soggy backyard. Read more

Help! Green lover wants more

Dear Geeky, I’ve just started a relationship with a keen gardener whose green fingers are playing sweet music with my body and mind.

But I’ve been talking up my gardening skills just a little. I told him I grew my own vegies when I tried once and they shrivelled due to neglect. Then there’s the time I let slip I collected heirloom seeds.

Now, I’m in a pickle. My lover’s coming over to hang out in my garden. What shall I do? Read more

Help! Vegies still alive on plate

I’m disturbed to find that fruit and vegies* are alive when I eat them. Not jumping up and down. But biochemically active – sensing their environment and making compounds in response.

Until now I thought that life stopped the moment I yanked a carrot out of the ground. Dead, final, kaput.

Not any more. Read more

Wordless Wednesday #1

Welcome to The Geeky Gardener’s first Wordless Wednesday, a sneak peek into Geeky’s backyard. Read more

Advice for a shopaholic?

Dear Geeky, Before I tried gardening, I used to love shopping with my friends. Credit cards at the ready, we loved nothing better than hunting down bargains at the mall.

Now, that world is behind me. But old habits are hard to break and I’m spending my dollars down at the local garden centre. Read more

To rake or not to rake?

Fallen leaves are making a dense mat on my lawn and I don’t know what to do.

Should I rake them up? Or go over them with the lawnmower, leaving the clippings as a mulch? Read more