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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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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Edible and Useful – Walking Stick Palm

The Walking Stick Palm Linospadix monostachyos is a small attractive palm with showy spikes of cream flowers and edible red berries, perfect to…

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Bacteria

More than 200 different plant bacteria cause plant disease in Australia. However, there's also a host of bacteria that are beneficial to the plants…

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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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Greening Cities

Although beautiful old gardens are disappearing, there are initiatives to green cities.  As old houses are pulled down to make way for new large…

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Native Ginger

Native ginger Alpinia caerulea/coerulea is an attractive, easy to grow feature plant  and also a bushfood with a mild, tangy ginger flavour. A…

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Gardening and Food Security

Availability of sufficient food is an issue for many around the world.  If you are reading this your food supply is probably currently quite secure.…

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Local Food and Harvest Swaps

Groups which swap and share food and other local produce have been increasing in number for more than a decade. As the Food Swap Network in North…

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Eggplant

The exquisite flavour and versatility of home grown eggplants makes them a summer garden essential.  Some people think they look ugly, but that does…

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February In Your Patch

Because it is warmer than summers 10 years ago, you might need to change what you normally do in February.  Maybe some of  your summer crop is having…

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Insects and Extinctions

What is happening to insects? Do you see the same number of insects in your garden as you did a few years ago? Research in the northern hemisphere…

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Garden Predators

There are plenty of garden critters that are useful predators of plant pests, and SGA encourages home gardeners to reduce their chemical use, in…

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January In Your Patch

January is here! Wondering what to do in the garden? What vegetables and herbs should you plant? It's the start of the New Year and whether it's time…

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Regenerative Gardening = Sustainable Gardening

Some people say that the place to be in gardening is no longer just in sustainability - it’s being regenerative. But isn't that where SGA been all…

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What makes my garden sustainable?

The vegetable garden is a flop, the drought tolerant plants turned up toes as soon as the summer rain came so I planted plants that like water, and…

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Extending Sustainability to Your Workplace

If you are an SGA reader your garden is probably quite sustainable, but what about your workplace? Whether you work in a large corporate…

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December In Your Patch

Life really start ramping up festive wise at this time of year, and things are certainly starting to bear fruit in your patch, its December!…

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