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Don’s Expert Answers: Bruised Olives

Question From: in Point Cook, Melbourne Victoria Nature of problem: Bruised Olives Type of Plant (if known): Olive trees Symptoms... read more

Don’s Expert Answers: Thank you!

Question From: in Rose Park, Adelaide South Australia Nature of problem: Thank you! Type of Plant (if known): Preserving olives... read more

Don’s Expert Answers: Lime tree not producing as many limes as it did 2 years ago. We planted 2 olive trees 6 meters away. I just heard that the love trees stop lime trees from fruiting well. Is this true?

Question From: Linda Gregory in North Yunderup, Mandurah Western Australia Nature of problem: Lime tree not producing as many limes... read more

Growing Olives in Coastal NSW

GROWING OLIVES IN COASTAL NSW  OLIVE trees prefer a Mediterranean climate and Mediterranean soils, or they will struggle to grow... read more

Don’s Expert Answers: I’m pickling olives. For the first five or six days, I will change the water. Can I put this water straight onto the garden. Apparently it contains Glucosides.

Question From: Margaret McCaul in Christies Beach, Adelaide South Australia Nature of problem: I’m pickling olives. For the first five... read more

Don’s Tips: Backyard Harvest Times

Backyard Harvest
  April is very much the time to harvest the food that you have grown in your backyard.  This is... read more

Don’s Tips: Great Weeds

Weeds are almost always mentioned in a negative way, yet they can be both useful and very beautiful. The mixture... read more

Don’s Tips: Old Husbands’ Tales #7 – All Plants Need Tender Care

passion flower
Today’s furphy is that all plants need tender loving care. Most plants like to be looked after with water and... read more

Don’s Last Supper Lamb Cutlets

Geoff Jansz has prepared 262 recipes on Burke’s Backyard, but he has saved his best until last. Ingredients ½ loaf... read more

Warm Marinated Olives

Preheat the oven to 180°C. Place 2 cups mixed (unpitted) olives into a sieve, and rinse under cold running water;... read more

Simple Sangria

Combine 500mL red wine, 1/2 cup brandy and 1/2 a small sliced lemon and orange in a jug. Leave at... read more

Mediterranean chicken

preparation time: 20 minutes cooking time: 50 minutes serves: 4-6 12 chicken drumsticks 2 teaspoons olive oil 1 onion, chopped... read more