Using Phosphorus Sustainably in Gardens

It is widely known that root vegetables need phosphorus to grow well, but is it so widely known that phosphorus supplies may be dwindling and that…

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Glorious Garlic

Allium sativum In the same family as the onion, chives and the leek, garlic has been used for millennia for culinary and medicinal purposes, though a…

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Aphids

Hi, my name is: Aphid. If you would like to know more about how to control aphids, read this interview with me: Describe yourself: I'm a real softy,…

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March In Your Patch

March is the month named after Mars, the Roman God of War.  So March in your patch is an excellent time to wage war on it. Be it ripping out the…

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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 your garden.  Maybe in February in your patch some of…

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Queensland Fruit Fly Prevention

QFF depositing eggs in a tomato. Photo: J. Newman, M. Schultz Queensland Fruit Fly prevention is becoming more important.  are tropical Queensland…

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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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January In Your Patch

Wondering what to do in January in your patch? What vegetables and herbs should you plant? It's the start of the New Year and whether it's time for a…

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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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Growing Beans

Phaseolus spp. "Beans, beans are good for your heart, the more you eat... etc.". Conveniently I have forgotten the rest of that ditty but it's true…

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December In Your Patch

Life really starts ramping up festive wise at this time of year, so it is important to know some December gardening tips! Hopefully you’ve already…

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White Curl Grub

Hi, my name is: White Curl Grub (cockchafer in the southern states) Describe yourself: Well, I’m white and, as my name suggests, kinda curly (more C…

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Newbie Sustainable Gardener in COVID Times

Extra time at home spurred an SGA subscriber to become a newbie sustainable gardener by starting her own veggie garden.  Amy Esdaile tells us of her…

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Wicking Beds

Wicking beds are one of the gardening innovations which have become mainstream. You know, I’ve been doing this horticulture thing for a while, and…

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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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November In Your Patch

We’re always being told to eat more fruit and veggies and get more exercise with this diet or that exercise program. If the thought of donning the…

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Earwigs

Earwigs are striking little numbers, about 12-20mm in length. They are smooth, shiny, dark chocolate brown, with sensational pale yellow legs,…

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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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Capsicum and Chillies

Capsicum spp. Chillies would have to be about the greatest things on earth (okay, slight exaggeration, but they are pretty awesome!) I love chillies…

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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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