Good Food - Owen Pidgeon

Owen Pidgeon

Owen Pidgeon writes a weekly gardening column for Canberra's Food and Wine magazine.

Owen Pidgeon is an orchardist and runs the Loriendale Organic Orchard near Hall.

Plant garlic now for summer bounty

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Garlic varieties fall into two families, the soft-neck and the hard-neck varieties.

Food News | Owen Pidgeon | Wed Apr 23 03:00:00 EST 2014

Herb of freedom and promise

There are several herbs that can be planted now and grown through the winter, writes Owen Pidegon.

Good Food | Owen Pidgeon | Wed Apr 16 03:00:00 EST 2014

Beurre bosc pears are simply sweet

Beurre boscs are sometimes referred to as the ''aristocrats among pears'' and are great for desserts.

Cook | Owen Pidgeon | Wed Apr 09 03:00:00 EST 2014

Hardy quince truly versatile

One of the advantages in growing a quince tree is that it is self-fertile, writes Owen Pidgeon

Good Food | Owen Pidgeon | Wed Apr 02 03:00:00 EST 2014

The little apple has a big story

The apple can be eaten fresh, cooked, baked, dried and turned into juice and cider, writes Owen Pidgeon.

Good Food | Owen Pidgeon | Wed Mar 26 03:00:00 EST 2014

Fig for a king

The noble fig has a long and distinguished history on the other side of the world, writes Owen Pidgeon.

Good Food | Owen Pidgeon | Wed Mar 19 00:03:22 EST 2014

Name dropping

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Autumn has arrived when the Williams pear is ready to harvest, writes Owen Pidgeon.

Good Food | Owen Pidgeon | Wed Mar 12 03:00:00 EST 2014

Plant now for early winter

There is just sufficient warmth in the soil to do a last planting of root vegetables, Owen Pidgeon writes.

Good Food | Owen Pidgeon | Tue Mar 04 12:15:55 EST 2014

Red, juicy rewards

If you have been able to bring your tomatoes through the heatwave and drought, you have done well.

Food News | Owen Pidgeon | Wed Feb 26 00:12:03 EST 2014

Lettuce begin ...

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Lettuces are historically a cool-season vegetable but there are some varieties that can survive the hot summer.

Food News | Owen Pidgeon | Wed Feb 19 03:00:00 EST 2014

Respect your elders

An elderberry tree is one of very few plants where both the flower and the berry have several uses.

Good Food | Owen Pidgeon | Wed Feb 12 00:01:00 EST 2014

Brave new world in vegetable gardens

Are you a gardening traditionalist, or do you begin an adventure every summer to discover something new?

Good Food | Owen Pidgeon | Wed Feb 05 03:00:00 EST 2014

Chill factor crucial

There is a delicate aspect to the smooth-skinned nectarine, which has firm and juicy flesh when picked ripe off your backyard tree.

Good Food | Owen Pidgeon | Wed Jan 29 03:00:00 EST 2014

Time for summer racers

It has been so hot many of us are struggling to just keep the water up to our flowers, vegetables and fruit trees.

Food News | Owen Pidgeon | Wed Jan 22 03:00:00 EST 2014

Golden harvest worth the risk and effort

Apricots that are allowed to fully ripen on the tree are delectable, writes Owen Pidgeon.

Food News | Owen Pidgeon | Wed Dec 18 03:00:00 EST 2013

God's fruit perfection

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Strawberries are one of the few crops that just about anyone can grow, writes Owen Pidgeon.

Food News | Owen Pidgeon | Wed Nov 27 03:00:00 EST 2013

Sugar-cane mulch hits the sweet spot

Organic mulches such as sugar cane offer sweet success in the war against weeds.

Food News | Owen Pidgeon | Wed Nov 20 03:00:00 EST 2013

Finding the hot spots for planting chillies

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Chillies, as with the larger sweet capsicums, need warm, sunny conditions.

Food News | Owen Pidgeon | Wed Nov 13 03:00:00 EST 2013

Summer's rainbow harvest

Capsicums are sun-loving plants and grow well on the long hot summer days, writes Owen Pidgeon.

Food News | Owen Pidgeon | Wed Nov 06 03:00:00 EST 2013

Best seeds to sow for little green thumbs

Owen Pidgeon reveals five vegetables that are perfect for children to sow their first crop.

Food News | Owen Pidgeon | Wed Oct 30 03:00:00 EST 2013