How to get to Tjuwaliyn Douglas Hot Springs

Tjuwaliyn Douglas Hot Springs

How to get to Tjuwaliyn (Douglas) Hot Springs Park 130 kilometres from Katherine- about the Douglas and Daly region

Tjuwaliyn Douglas Hot Springs
Located 130 kilometres from Katherine, these hot springs are surrounded by tropical woodlands and hold water up to 60 degrees Celsius. Swimming is only recommended downstream where warm and cooler waters converge. There’s plenty of wildlife in the area and visitors are catered for in a large camping area with basic facilities. Just east of the Daly River is the area known as the Douglas Daly. It is home to the popular Douglas Hot Springs. In certain parts, the springs bubble at temperatures reaching 60 degrees Celsius and swimming is recommended in cooler pools downstream. There are plenty of camping and caravan facilities in the region, including the Douglas Daly Tourist Park where you can swim through The Arches, an amazing natural formation, into a waterhole that’s safe for swimming. Continue reading

Perfect Plant Combination


Just like Veronica at Through the Garden Gate, I’ve been peering into other people’s front gardens (this one in Maida Vale). Although I’m usually more partial to a blaze of colour: masses of daffodils or riotous tulips, I saw this arresting virginal combination of snowdrops and white crocuses the other day and it really moved me. I love this simple but heavenly effect and plan on borrowing the idea for next spring in my own small patch. Continue reading

15 Tips for Trough Planters



We recently concluded an exciting stint at the Chicago Flower and Garden Show to promote the educational mission of the Peterson Garden Project. The exhibit was a walk through the garden year as presented in our new book Fearless Food Gardening in Chicagoland – A Month-by-month Growing Guide for Beginners. We had over 20,000 people spend time in our exhibit asking questions, learning and getting excited for the 2014 growing season! Continue reading

Why Is A Healthy Garden Soil Important?

Why Is A Healthy Garden Soil Important

Did you have trouble growing veggies last year?  Every once in a while, I’ll have a bad gardening year.  Sometimes it’s beyond my control {i.e. squirrels or other critters getting into my plants} and sometimes, I’ll look back and be like, “Whoops, I can totally see how I screwed this year up.”  Gardening is definitely a learning process.

Maintaining a healthy garden isn’t really that tricky when you get right down to it, but it does involve the slightest bit of tenacity–which, on days when you would rather drink tea on the patio and only think about getting dressed eventually, can be too much to ask.  Ha! Continue reading