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Eremophila – The genus as a garden subject

Article by Dr Lyndal Thorburn Lyndal Thorburn is leader of the Eremophila Study Group (ESG), which was founded in South Australia in 1986, under the auspices of the Australian Native Plant Society of Australia (ANPSA). Lyndal is a Life Member of the Australian Plants Society Canberra Region Inc. and a member of APS NSW.  She […]

How To Use A Compost Mate – video

    Angus demonstrates a nifty tool…..a very effective way to aerate your compost or worm farm. With just a few minutes of light work each week you’ll create the perfect conditions to encourage rapid decomposition. You can also use it to quickly bring rich, finished compost from the bottom of your bin to the […]

Gardening With Children – An Educational Opportunity

Written by Rose Collins (Bachelor of Teaching- Early Childhood) & niece of Angus Stewart. The current times we are living in are challenging us all in so many different ways and on many different levels. I believe our own outdoor space (no matter how big or small) can provide great learning experiences, some respite and […]

Harvesting Worm Castings

If you have a worm farm, you will have noticed the dark brown/black, rich humus material within it that gradually builds up. This organic matter is the worm poo/worm castings. It is what the worms turn your kitchen scraps into once they have processed it through their digestive systems, and what a magnificent substance it […]

Managing Multi Level Worm Farms

There are many different ways to compost and worm farm. Anyone who is keeping biodegradable material out of landfill and allowing it to return to the Earth as nature intended is reducing their own carbon footprint. I say to you, well done! Composting and worm farming can be a journey of learning and it is […]

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’ – Kangaroo Paw

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 […]