Living Mulch: Waterwise, Firewise & Seriously Good Looking

Mulching the garden to cut-back on water-use is enshrined in garden lore. Protecting the soil from direct sunlight prevents it from getting hot and…

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The Benefits of Indoor Plants

On average, every Australian spends around 90% of their time indoors, be it at work, at home, at the shops or the local pub - a figure that is quite…

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Return of the Weeds – Video

  So they’ve made it past your defences and past your bio-controls. They are running rampant threatening to take over. Fear not, help is at…

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Trees, not Just for Hugging – Video

  Think like a Koala and take a look at trees from a whole new perspective. The home of our famous Aussie icon can also add significant value…

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Growing Plants from Seed

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…

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Crowd Seed Harvests

Tiny Trowel, a relatively new initiative, seeks to engage the wider community to supply excess fresh fruit and veggies from back yard gardens to…

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Black Spot of Rose

Hi, my name is: Black Spot of Rose Describe yourself: Umm, my name pretty much says it all. I'm a black spot, kinda round with fringed margins and…

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Know Your Seeds

What’s in a seed? A seed contains the blueprint or instructions to produce a new plant. Traditionally all seeds were open-pollinated. That is, the…

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Review of “The Kew Plant Glossary”

Robyn Wing has reviewed the second edition of this informative book written by Henk Beentje. Publisher:  Kew Publishing, Royal Botanical Gardens,…

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Protecting Plants in Hot Weather

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…

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Getting to Know Poisonous Plants

Do you like to spend time in the garden with your children or with pets?  Do you like have vases with flowers to enliven your living areas?  If so,…

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How Sustainable is your Garden?

We talk a lot about sustainability, but what does it actually mean in relation to gardening? How can we contribute to a more 'sustainable' world by…

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Economic Value of Trees

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…

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An Inspiring Thornbury Garden

A garden created by Sharon and Craig Harris, recently opened to the public in Melbourne as part of SGA's Open Gardens and Tours program, attracted a…

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Roses, Salvias and Sustainability

In Glen Waverley, Melbourne, a committed gardener has created what many might view as a fairly traditional garden – white picket fence and roses –…

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