What Gardeners Can Do About Climate Change

Gardening and agriculture produce several greenhouse gasses apart from carbon dioxide – and we can help lower emissions of most of them. Even if each…

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Beat the Heat – with a DIY Sunshade

Many parts of Australia get scorchingly hot over summer. As I write this, it is 36C outside and our garden is shimmering in the late afternoon heat.…

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Wicking Beds

You know, I’ve been doing this horticulture thing for a while, and over that time, I’ve seen a number of garden designs, products and “innovations”…

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Living with Possums

Living with possums isn't always easy, but there are a few things we can all do to live in harmony with possums in our shared urban spaces. Let's…

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Native Lawns

It may surprise you to learn that not all native grasses are tall feature plants. In fact in parts of Australia, pasture is composed almost entirely…

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Grow a Garden for Wildlife – Excerpts from Webinar

Get a few tips about creating a garden which is wildlife-friendly.  Here are some excerpts from our webinars.  They feature suggestions about…

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Permeable Surfaces

Permeable paths and driveways can help water nearby plants and reduce pollution of waterways with fertilisers and pesticides which run off from…

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Butterflies

It was Dolly Parton who once said that "love is like a butterfly" and I have to agree... well, kind of! There is nothing I enjoy more than sitting…

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Lizards

Generally when we think of backyard habitat, we think of beautiful birds and butterflies, fantastic frogs, persistent possums and a host of other…

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Frog Ponds

Like a famous American frog once said, "It's not easy being green", and this is particularly true for our amazing Australian amphibians. Although we…

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7 Ideas for Designing and Landscaping a Backyard Naturescape Playground

The concepts of sustainability and providing a better future for our younger generations are intertwined with physical and mental health. We can…

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Sustainable Garden Design

Principles Getting started Your needs, wants and budget Take your time The design Selecting plants Special elements Plant selection Plant placement –…

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Starting Your Own Vegie Patch

If you would prefer to just focus on designing and starting a vegie patch rather than a whole garden, here is a description of how to do it - even on…

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Is Biochar “Wonderstuff”?

Biochar has been hailed as a useful contributor to reducing the world’s increasing carbon emissions since it stores carbon in the soil1 . It has also…

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Sustainable Garden Furniture

Even if we live in an apartment, most of us have some sort of garden furniture – even if it is just one chair. Traditionally made out of wood, tables…

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