Good Food - Susan Parsons

Susan Parsons


Susan Parsons is a Canberra-based writer. She writes the weekly Kitchen Garden column for Canberra's Food and Wine magazine.

Kitchen Garden - Susan Parson's tips for autumn

A family business is making magic with its mulch.

Drink | Susan Parsons | Tue Mar 03 23:45:00 EST 2015

Meet the Steensbys: Canberra's extreme organic pedallers


Cindy and Walter Steensby, of Scullin, have taken kitchen gardening and organic pursuits to new levels.

Food News | Susan Parsons | Tue Feb 24 23:45:00 EST 2015

Christine Fernon's decade of care bears fruit in Ainslie garden

Christine Fernon with a watermelon from her garden in Ainslie.

Christine Fernon has spent a decade establishing her cottage garden in Ainslie and the results are magnificent, writes Susan Parsons.

Food News | Susan Parsons | Tue Feb 17 23:45:00 EST 2015

Flower sprouts' blooming popularity might leave kale in the shade

There's a new vegie on the patch that is creating a storm in the UK and it's destined for Canberra.

Food News | Susan Parsons | Tue Feb 10 23:45:00 EST 2015

International Year of Soils 2015: Michele Barson leads Canberra's charge

The efforts of Michele Barson and a devoted team who help run a community organic garden in Cook show they are soil care champions.

Food News | Susan Parsons | Tue Feb 03 23:45:00 EST 2015

Susan Parsons: Greg Blood shares kitchen garden secrets

Avid Florey kitchen gardener Greg Blood shares his home-grown secrets and offers a wonderful fig preserve recipe.

Food News | Susan Parsons | Tue Jan 27 23:45:00 EST 2015

The good life at Yarralumla community garden yields high spirits


Brett Yeats and Allan O'Neil keep the community spirit alive and well within a Yarralumla townhouse by sharing wonderful produce.

Food News | Susan Parsons | Tue Jan 20 23:45:00 EST 2015

The great Sex without Strings beans experiment


A band of maverick kitchen gardeners reveal the bare facts of growing Sex without Strings in Canberra this summer.

Food News | Susan Parsons | Tue Jan 13 23:45:00 EST 2015

Canberra artist Julie Ryder's productive kitchen garden


Susan Parsons reveals Canberra artist Julie Ryder's raspberries, new year spuds and giant Gallipoli tomatoes.

Food News | Susan Parsons | Tue Dec 16 23:45:00 EST 2014

Christmas gifts for kitchen gardeners in Canberra

So what do you get an avid kitchen gardener for a Christmas gift? Susan Parsons has a few ideas.

Food News | Susan Parsons | Tue Dec 09 23:45:00 EST 2014

Five Canberra gardening heroes

Susan Parsons asks specialists to nominate people who are doing their bit for sustainability and helping strengthen the kitchen garden community.

Food News | Susan Parsons | Tue Dec 02 23:45:00 EST 2014

Oaks Estate family flourish as kitchen gardeners

Pondering: Several varieties of frogs live in Fiona MacGregor's pond  in Oaks Estate.

Building a new garden in an old district has been rewarding for Peter O'Dea and Fiona MacGregor, writes Susan Parsons.

Food News,Canberra Life | Susan Parsons | Tue Nov 25 23:45:00 EST 2014

Asparagus lettuce: Ling Chen's seven Chinese dishes

Sharing: Ling Chen harvesting asparagus lettuce in her kitchen garden.

Ling Chen shares seven Chinese dishes using asparagus lettuce grown from her delightful kitchen garden in O'Connor.

Food News | Susan Parsons | Tue Nov 18 23:45:00 EST 2014

Fetherston Gardens Friends digs deep to restore Weston site

Cutbacks:  Old pome fruit espaliers at Fetherston Gardens in Weston get some TLC.

Fetherston Gardens Friends is a band of devoted volunteers restoring a unique garden in Weston that features pome fruit espaliers. Susan Parson meets them.

Food News | Susan Parsons | Tue Nov 11 23:45:00 EST 2014

Rob Blowes and Tina van Raay's grand design in Campbell


Tina van Raay and Rob Blowes' remarkable vegie plot is a magnetic attraction for any kitchen gardener.

Food News | Susan Parsons | Tue Nov 04 23:45:00 EST 2014

Kentgrove opens to display innovative gardens and historic orchard

Doug Rawlinson, owner of Kentgrove in Goulburn and a devotee of "climate change gardening", is opening his property to the public, on November 1 and 2.

Good Food | Susan Parsons | Tue Oct 28 23:45:00 EST 2014

Chris Gregg's edible gardens inspire Queanbeyan

Chris Gregg in his vegie patch with a crop of Monaro garlic that is being grown in space in an industrial area of Queanbeyan.

Christopher Gregg's dynamic experimental approach in Queanbeyan is an inspiration, writes Susan Parsons.

Food News | Susan Parsons | Tue Oct 21 23:45:00 EST 2014

Sweet peas key to Canberra's kitchen gardens


Growing a scent station to charm bees that will pollinate your edibles.

Food News | Susan Parsons | Tue Oct 14 23:45:00 EST 2014

Floriade modular pots inspire kitchen gardeners

Design feature: Rust-effect panels complete an outdoor living room.

An innovative garden planter system called Mod-Pots has captured the imagination of Susan Parsons.

Food News | Susan Parsons | Tue Oct 07 23:45:00 EST 2014

Rick and Jane Smyth's communal gardens

Rick Smyth in his vegetable patch in Narrabundah.

Rick and Jane Smyth love sharing, so they helped create a wonderful communal garden in Narrabundah, writes Susan Parsons.

Food News | Susan Parsons | Tue Sep 30 23:45:00 EST 2014