Mar 282017

The perfect month for chocolate lovers and practical jokers alike, April is also a top time to get into the patch! There is a little bit of rain around, the weather is cooling down, and shed loads of stuff is ready to plant! So, don’t be a bunny, get into gardening this April! Hop to it! Continue reading »

Mar 282017

Who are the people who bring Cuttings and web articles to you? And keep our office, website and social media going?

We are largely volunteers who are passionate about gardening and contributing to protecting the natural environment. Because SGA is a not-for-profit organisation we are reliant on donations to fund our work. That means we can only afford to pay a few staff for a few hours per week and still keep all those boring but essential things operational, such as office equipment, phone and insurance.

Our volunteers are a mixed bunch – here is a rundown on some of them:

An IT manager of a large company who took early retirement. She wants to keep her mind active and contribute to SGA’s skill and knowledge base – passionate about gardening and the local community garden.

A semi-retired lawyer who loves doing background research and finding clever ways of doing things. She also doesn’t mind contributing legal knowledge or doing repetitive tasks such as making sure our website is optimized for search engines.

A retired IT expert, keen on gardening, who is helping with aspects of our IT systems.

A retired atmospheric scientist who wants to keep using his scientific skills and contribute to protecting the environment. He helps update the database behind our Garden Product Guide.

A semi-retired business owner with a background in landscaping and engineering – shares management and oversees our subscriber database, IT systems and fledgling program for the gardening industry.

An ex-industry mogul whose exceptional IT skills and capacity to stay up all night keeps our website functioning – deals with our many requirements to use html and css and is pivotal for our electronic mailouts.

An agronomist between jobs – keen on environmental matters and helping keep the garden product database up-to-date.

A retired biochemical and environmental scientist – shares management, maintains website content and oversees communication and training.

Most of our volunteers contribute about 1-4 hours per week – some up to 40 (they’re the obsessive, crazy ones!)  More on our other volunteers in the future . . . .

To help provide the facilities keep our office going, we’d love it if you were able to make a tax-deductible donation – DONATE HERE.

If you’d like read more about what we’ve been doing in the last year, it’s in our (not very long) Annual Report.

Mar 282017

Few things can be quite as satisfying as growing your own vegetables, herbs and fruit. The quality and freshness of home grown produce combined with the peace of mind of knowing which fertilisers and chemicals have been applied has become an important issue to many people.

Thoughtful planning before you plant can save you months or even years of wasted effort!

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Mar 012017

March, the month named after Mars, the Roman God of War, is an excellent month to wage war on your patch. Be it ripping out the weeds, mulching up a storm, or popping in a plethora of plants, March is the ultimate time to launch a full scale (but well planned) attack on you patch! So, all you weekend warriors … March into action! Continue reading »

Mar 012017

One of SGA’s subscribers, Zeljko Horvatin, is a chef and is studying horticulture. He writes:

“Over the last couple of years, while studying, I’ve learnt to appreciate and have even fallen in love with Australian native plants. Being a chef and a gourmand switches my brain into food mode with whatever I work with.  So it follows that I’ve become fascinated with how Australian native plants can be part of the menu as well as part of the garden.

My first bush tucker experiment was with Tasmannia lanceolata, also known as the Mountain Pepper.  Continue reading »

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