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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A Return to Nature – Organic Design

In a previous article on Wellbeing Gardening I summarised the research regarding the strong links between health and well-being and nature, but more…

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Diverting Rubbish from Landfill: Recycled Treasures

“My garden is chock-a-block with rescued plants, rescued pots & garden furniture, mirrors, birdcages, wheelbarrows, barrel hoops, ladders and all…

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February In Your Patch

As your summer crop is having a little bit of a last hoorah, it’s time to start preparing your garden for autumn planting. This month's newsletter…

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Indigenous Plants

What is an indigenous plant? Indigenous plants are not only native to Australia, but they are plants that occur naturally in your local area. Your…

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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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Carbon Emissions from Gardening

In a previous article we explored ways that gardeners can lock up carbon in the soil.  Although increasing soil carbon is important, it doesn’t…

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Compost, Worm and Weed Teas

If you are a gardener who tries to reduce your impacts on the natural environment, you will be using methods which avoid manufactured fertilisers,…

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