Mar 012017
 


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
 

As sustainable gardeners we are probably relying quite a bit on commercially sourced compost, manures and mulch to help promote healthy plant growth. But do these products reliably do that? Over the last decade or so there have been problems worldwide with contamination with substances that harm seeds and plants that we want to grow and eat. 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 »

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