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Feb 242017
 


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 »

Feb 242017
 


It’s wonderful to watch and identify all manner of birds who have chosen to pop into the garden for a drink and a stickybeak. From tiny, cheerful little wrens and pardalotes, to the cheeky parrots, gorgeous honeyeaters and bossy wattlebirds, it’s good to share space with our feathered friends. Just like a pot of basil and a shady spot, nothing makes a garden come alive like the twitter and chatter of a variety of Australian birds. They are essential in the garden, and not just to keep us backyard birdwatchers entertained, and there are many ways to attract them!

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Jan 312017
 

As your summer crop is having a little bit of a last hoorah, it’s time to start preparing your garden for autumn planting. This month’s Patch has loads of tips and ideas of what to do NOW that will ensure your patch is ready to go. Wait until the heat of the day is off and then spend some lovely time in the garden.   Continue reading »

Jan 312017
 


Although SGA recommends primarily using organic material such as compost and manures to promote fertility, it’s worth thinking in more detail about plant nutrients.   We know plants need them, we know things go wrong without them, we know gardening gurus can’t stop talking about them, and we know certain combinations of them can cost us a mint at the garden centre.  But what do they do, and what on earth are we paying for? Here is a list of plant nutrients, and why they are so important.

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Jan 012017
 

January is here! Wondering what to do in the garden? What vegetables and herbs should you plant? It’s the start of the New Year and whether it’s time for a little rest and relaxation after a manic December; or you have a New Year’s resolution to spend some quality time with your garden; it’s  time to get out in your patch!  While we have been distracted with festive things, our patches have probably suffered a little and are in need of some serious loving right now. We have loads of  tips that will encourage your garden to flourish in the sunshine of Summer. Continue reading »

Jan 012017
 

Did you know that the environmental impacts of concrete are out of control and that the carbon dioxide produced from the production of concrete are a close second to fossil fuel emissions?  Did you also know that concrete is the second most consumed substance on earth after water?

Alison Aplin, award winning landscape designer (Winner 2014, 2016 Landscaping Victoria ‘The Sustainable Landscape’) tells why she refuses to use concrete.  Continue reading »

Jan 012017
 

Over the last years gardens (and gardeners) have undergone a revolution of sorts. Water restrictions, climate change and rapidly disappearing native habitats has prompted a resurgence in native gardens. While rising food and petrol prices (amongst other things) have seen gardeners returning to home produce gardening. But, how to combine the two successfully? Continue reading »

Nov 272016
 

Life really start ramping up festive wise at this time of year, and things are certainly starting to bear fruit in your patch, its December! Hopefully you’ve already put in loads of produce plants but it’s not too late to get some more growing, especially if you’ve had the pleasure of already harvesting some plants.  Keep up the good work in the garden –  despite the rising heat there’s still plenty to do this month in your patch.

And if you’re heading off on a trip this break, read our tips on preventing “holiday-itis” in the garden.  It’s an all too common occurrence that can turn the most beautiful backyard into a garden grave in a matter of weeks! Give your garden the gift of a bit of your time this December… you’ll be so pleased you did! Continue reading »

Oct 302016
 

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As population and cities grow, houses on traditional quarter acre blocks are becoming more expensive and you may only have the option of renting or choosing a living space with a smaller footprint. For many this might mean forgetting about a garden, but it doesn’t need to be so. It is possible to have verdant growth and even a thriving veggie patch in small spaces and in ways that allow moving it all when you need to live elsewhere. Continue reading »

Oct 302016
 

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As our climate warms and the frequency of very hot days increases, the risk of plants being damaged increases too. It’s good to start thinking about this before the really hot days hit so that you are ready with your defences. There are some simple, sustainable and cheap methods of giving your plants some protection – you don’t need a special shade house, just some ingenuity and a bit of forward planning so that you are ready when the heat arrives. Continue reading »

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