The Things People do . . . . . . . . . . to Trees!!!

Given the splendor and usefulness of trees in the urban environment, it is really amazing what otherwise sensible and apparently sane people do to…

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Habitat – A Practical Guide to Creating a Wildlife-Friendly Australian Garden

As we book-loving gardeners know, there’s always enough room on the shelf for one more. Well, if you haven’t already done so, you should make sure…

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Backyard Food Forest Gardening using Ecological Principles

Have you ever wondered how forests develop, how they regenerate after destruction, why certain plants grow happily in certain areas without any human…

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July In Your Patch

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…

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What Gardeners Can Do About Climate Change

Worried about climate change?  Gardeners are in a great position to do something about it - even if it is not a lot, every bit counts! We know that…

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June in Your Patch

Ok, it’s official, winter is upon us. And while it may seem easier to curl up on the couch with a cup of tea and a good book, it is the perfect time…

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Using Coffee Grounds in the Garden

Spent coffee grounds are increasingly recommended by professionals and gardeners as a sustainable way to improve your garden soil and provide…

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Sea Celery – an Indigenous Edible Plant

When we think about native foods, or bush foods we often miss the nuances of what each one means. Many (if not all) are inextricably linked to…

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From Farm to Renting in the ‘Burbs

Megan Ambrus, one of SGA's subscribers has written this inspiring account of her gardening experience.  Thank you, Megan! Growing up on a farm we…

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May In Your Patch

  While the southern parts of Australia have donned winter pyjamas and flannelette sheets, the northern states are still revelling in warm, and…

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Gall (of Australian Native Trees)

Hi, my name is: Gall (of Australian Native Trees) Describe yourself: I guess some people would describe me as an abnormal growth on plant parts, but…

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Overwintering Capsicum

One of SGA's staunch supporters and volunteers, Gianni Montalto, tells us his experience with growing capsicum. "Over the last few years I have…

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Gardening Trends 2018-2019

Like many activities we engage in, gardening is subject to fashion and trends.  So what are the current directions?  Do they have anything…

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Kale

Belonging to the family, Brassicaceae, kale has been rediscovered as a superfood. It is mostly rich in lutein, folate, vitamins A,C, E and K,…

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April In Your Patch

The perfect month for chocolate lovers and practical jokers alike, April is also a top time to get into the patch! There is a little bit of rain…

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Davidson’s Plum

Australia is blessed with thousands of native edible plants, yet not many people know this. Davidsonia pruriens When asked to name any bush foods,…

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Crop Rotation

Crop rotation – despite what my non-gardening mates believe, is NOT the twisting of sunflowers to chase the sun (although, they do have a…

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Penny Woodward and Sustainability

SGA chatted with notable organic gardener and author, Penny Woodward, asking her questions about her life and sustainability. What was Penny's life…

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Are Plants Intelligent?

In the 1980’s, mentioning that plants could communicate or that they might be intelligent used to draw the response “Are you crazy?” when this was…

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March In Your Patch

March, the month named after Mars, the Roman God of War, is an excellent month to wage war on your patch. Be it ripping out the weeds, mulching up a…

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