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Hot composting versus cold composting

Most gardeners envisage a compost heap as a hot steamy affair that breaks down within a matter of weeks leaving a rich brown organic material that can be dug into the soil to not only improve the soil’s nutrient levels but also help to increase its water and nutrient storage capacity. The reality, however, for […]

Anigozanthos ‘Bush Crystal’

A medium sized kangaroo paw, Bush Crystal produces a spectacular display of crimson pink flowers with branched stems though spring and summer. Arched deep green foliage creates an interesting colour contrast to the brightly coloured flowers. A great cut flower, also bird attracting. Best in a sunny spot. Cut old flowering stems back to their […]

How To Make Worm Tea

It requires surprisingly little effort to make your own organic fertilisers from various waste materials we generate every day around the house. Not only does this help the environment, it also saves money in fertiliser and potting mix costs. It can also be done effectively in very small spaces, so even if you live in […]

Renew Your Kangaroo Paw

A step by step guide on how to prune your kangaroo paw Kangaroo paws are very giving plants when they flower, but flowering comes at a cost to the plant in energy. So once the flowers die back, a plant can look sick or half dead, when in fact it is just full of dead stems and […]

Native Tamarind Chutney

A lovely fruity chutney, given a very special flavor from Australia’s own native tamarind. I used Diploglottis campbellii for this, their beautiful deep red colour added a beautiful glow to the finished product. 2 red onions, finely chopped 1 tablespoon of olive oil Half teaspoon of turmeric Teaspoon of fresh ginger (finely grated) 3 cloves […]

Daisy Wood And Her Botanical Art

Born at Wallington near Geelong at the end of the 1800’s, at a time when this part of Victoria was still mostly virgin forest, some of Daisy Wood’s earliest memories were of roaming the bush with her parents and elder sister, revelling in the profusion of beautiful wildflowers among the wattles and gum trees. Her father was […]

Grow Your Own

Grow Your Own – How to be an Urban Farmer Many of you, it seems, are keen on growing your own food. This interest seems to be most evident in city dwellers who are increasingly seeking a connection to where their food comes from, and also an awareness that a secure supply of food is […]

Australian Native Citrus

People are discovering Australia’s own citrus, long neglected due to the small fruit and prickly nature. But once people started getting creative with the little pearls of citrus goodness inside the fruit, suddenly everyone wanted them! Delicious in seafood salads and gin & tonic, as a beautiful and tasty garnish, for sauces and marmalade, and […]

Care and Planting of Tube Stock Plants

Why small plants in tubes are a great choice Small tubes are a nice idea if you want to stock your garden with new plants, as they are much cheaper to buy than normal nursery plants in larger pots, and can often grow well and catch up to larger plants and have better root systems. They are […]