Ryan Young

Eclips coordinator at SGA, Landscape Designer, Urban Farmer

Aug 012018

Cool clear nights, frosty mornings and plenty of rain can only mean one thing, it is August. Travelling around my home town I have already seen the first spring blossom and the jonquils are splashing the dull browns and greys with colour. Here are some top gardening tips for your place in the month of August.

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Jun 262018

When you look outside this time of year the last thing you feel like doing is standing out in the cold, wet and windy weather, especially if you live in the cooler areas. Don’t let this put you off. There is so much to do in the garden and a lot more to do in the garden shed. Get off the couch and put on the thermals, the beanie, a coat and your gumboots and warm yourself up with some winter garden love.

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Sep 282017

With the weather warming up nicely, there’s no better place to be than the backyard. October is a huge month in the patch. With so many varieties to plant, you’ll be struggling to get it all done. So, welcome to October, a fine time to be in any sort of garden. Remember to use all your senses in the garden. Watch for pest issues, feel for soil moisture, smell your soil, and… most importantly… taste the fruits (or vegetables) of your labours. Let’s get into it… Continue reading »

Aug 282012

When planning to practice crop rotation it is crucial to be up to speed with plant family names. The reason for this is so that you don’t follow up with the same family of plants so as not to compromise all the good work you are doing. Plants belonging to the same family planted in the same spot as last crop can be prone to the same soil-living pest and diseases. Moving them around help prevent the build up of problems. The following is a basic breakdown of common vegetables and their families;
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Aug 072012

As sustainable gardeners, we can lead by example with plantings and design lay-outs supporting biodiversity. Some general rules of thumb are to opt for more complex planting themes (avoid mono-cultural planting), plant to encourage pollinators, seed-eaters, honey and insect eaters. Biodiversity is going for a mixture of natives, exotics, indigenous where possible.

With more formal themes, native plants can be used as features – Telopea, Corymbia, Grevillea & Macrozamia, hedged and pruned plants could include Westringia, Waterhousia, Syzgium, Callistemon & Dodonaea species, and low growing indigenous plants and ground-covers can be used as fillers, borders, and can look stunning. Indeed all the design themes: Mediterranean, Bush, Potager, Asian will accommodate native and indigenous plantings, as well as the traditional exotic plants.

Ensure your garden does not include any invasive species, as common trees and plants are being added to the environmental weeds lists and National/State Declared Weeds registers, all the time. When in doubt, speak to your Department of Primary Industry, an SGA certified nursery staff-member or call us at SGA.

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