SGA

May 262018
 

There are many prompts that lead people into wanting to get into gardening and grow their own food.  One of SGA’s enthusiastic volunteers tells us of her pathway into sustainable gardening.

“I lived in a high-rise apartment in Hong Kong for 26 years until I came to Australia.  Apple trees were in the fairy tale books and vegetables were in the supermarket aisles. Continue reading »

May 262018
 

If it is important to you to reduce your exposure to artificial chemicals in food, it can be quite expensive to buy organic fruit and veggies and it may not be possible grow all of them yourself. Production that is Certified Organic, means that as well as not being exposed to residues of chemical pesticides and herbicides, you are doing something for the environment because farmers and gardeners are not permitted to label food “Organic” if they use artificial fertilisers. But if you are on budget, like most of us, how do you decide which organic foods to prioritise when you go shopping or which to grow yourself? Continue reading »

Apr 272018
 

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 232018
 


If you would like to have an attractive and productive garden which doesn’t cost a packet and which allows a wider range of choice than is available with buying seedlings or potted plants, starting from seed is a good strategy to use. When nature produces plants that set seed, it usually means that this is the best way for the plant to reproduce. Of course, not all plants can be propagated by seed, but it might be worth having a go with those that do. Continue reading »

Apr 132018
 


Would you like to reduce your carbon footprint by decreasing food waste which accounts for 30% of all the resources used in farming i.e. water, energy, fertilisers?  And also reduce the production of methane if food scraps go to landfill?  Methane is 25 times more potent than carbon dioxide as a greenhouse gas.

Maybe you think you can’t because you don’t have space for a compost bin or you live in an apartment.  But there is a way for you to do this. Continue reading »

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