Apr 272016
 

While the southern parts of Australia have donned winter pyjamas and flannelette sheets, the northern states are still revelling in warm, and mostly sunny autumn days. Regardless of the conditions in your little patch of paradise, there is still loads to do this month. Get set for those produce plants that need the cooler weather to grow. Continue reading »

Apr 272016
 

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This garden is for the soul as well as the stomach – a delight to all the senses. Visually gorgeous in any season, with spectacular camellias in winter through to the cottage-style plantings and roses throughout the rest of year, it is obvious that Valerie gets great delight in having something beautiful to enjoy from the house. Even without the extensive produce, the garden provides colour and interest as well as food. Continue reading »

Apr 272016
 

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Nicla Byrnes writes:

Gardening is more than soil and productivity. It is frequently much more profound – intersecting with personal experiences, human interactions and sociological change. I was at my local nursery recently buying violets as a gift, African Violets. But found myself transported into childhood memories and witness to a touching experience of love and generosity by an older lady who reminded me of my grandmother. Continue reading »

Mar 302016
 


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 302016
 

kelp-05The term “seaweeds” here to refers to macroalgae – the kind you see clinging to rocks at low tide, or in beautiful subtidal gardens (these can also be found on beaches cast up after storms). They come mainly in green, brown and red varieties. The other plant group often called seaweeds are the seagrasses, which also occur in subtidal meadows, and are sometimes cast up onto the beach in huge swathes. These are good for mulch in the home garden, but generally lack the intensity of nutrients and other components found on the macroalgae. Extracts, however, are more beneficial to garden fertility. Continue reading »

Mar 302016
 

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This garden has evolved for just over 12 years since the owners, Mim and Paul, moved in. They run a landscape design and construction business, and the garden provided an opportunity to express creativity and experiment with ideas and plants. It started as a place to practice their trades, learn, play, entertain and be an example of how a sustainable and productive garden can also be beautiful and functional.

The arrival of their first child set them on a new trajectory. They ask “How do we expect our children to care for this planet if they have never had the opportunity to fall in love with the wonders that it holds?” So outdoor play, mud, dirt, chickens, bees, homemade pizza, flowers, bugs, and herbal potion are now essential aspects of garden activities.

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Feb 262016
 

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Many people would take it as a given that parks, gardens and trees have their own aesthetic and intrinsic values. However, so often in capitalist societies, decisions are based on the economic or monetary value of systems and their components. In such systems, as soon as something performs a function or provides a service that is valued, then it too has an economic value. It worth thinking about the economic value of the benefits provided by our gardens and trees because it increases their status in decision making processes1.

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