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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October In Your Patch

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…

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Mealybugs

Hi, my name is: Mealybug Describe yourself: I'm about 4mm long, and I'm a real sweetie, covered in a lovely layer of white powder. Although I may…

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Designing Productive Gardens

Few things can be quite as satisfying as growing your own vegetables, herbs and fruit. The quality and freshness of home grown produce combined with…

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September In Your Patch

September is a fantastic time to be alive for us gardeners! The chill is almost gone from the mornings, and the afternoons are getting longer.…

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Josh Byrne – SGA Patron

SGA caught up recently with our patron, Josh Byrne, to hear how he became interested in sustainability, and what he’s up to with the team at Josh…

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Winter Washing of Fruit Trees

Although it may look like there is not much happening with your fruit trees over winter, the microscopic world of fungi is making plans,…

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Virus or Variegation

A common error gardeners make is to assume that appearance of coloured areas on leaves is caused by natural variegation, fungal infection or nutrient…

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August In Your Patch

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…

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Wildlife in a Tangle

As gardening in urban areas becomes popular for providing sustainably grown, healthy fruit and vegetables, many of us forget the extra risks to…

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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…

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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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Growing Apricots

Apricots with their luscious combination of sweetness and tanginess are, in my opinion, the tastiest fruit in the stone fruit orchard. There's…

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Aphids

Hi, my name is: Aphid Describe yourself: I'm a real softy, small in size (around 2 - 3mm), with a shiny, transparent green or yellow body! I…

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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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Produce in Pots

Plants in pots... it’s hardly a new or revolutionary concept... I mean, we are all well acquainted with the potted Maidenhair fern in the bathroom, a…

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A Pathway to Sustainable Gardening

There are many prompts that lead people into wanting to get into gardening and grow their own food.  One of SGA’s enthusiastic volunteers tells us of…

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Choosing Fruit and Vegetables to Grow or Buy Organic on a Budget

If it is important to you to reduce your exposure to artificial chemicals in food, it can be quite expensive to buy organic fruit and veggies and it…

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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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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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