Dec 082014
 

Photo © Heather Connor
That’s right, now you are not only growing good quality veg for your dinner table, but YOU have also got a COMPETITION TO WIN! As part of BAAG’s harvest season, we are celebrating the fruits of your labour by giving you a chance to show off some of Mother Nature’s finest works of art. There will be prizes for the biggest pumpkin, the pumpkin with the most (natural) personality, and for those celebrating nature’s mishaps. The veg will be on display as part of a Harvest Exhibition in March 2015 (actual dates TBA) at BAAG, with the winners announced at the annual Harvest Feast in Eltham. What do you need to do? There’s no need to panic, but don’t waste time… just get growing and stay tuned for details. Click here for some handy hints on how to grow your magnificent pumpkins.

Dec 082014
 

Photo © James F Carter - Used under Creative Commons Licence
Caper Bush (Capparis spinosa) are just taking off in Melbourne as we are now able to supply them (well, at least over the summer months). Even if you are not interested in the culinary aspect of capers, the bush itself is a low spreading perennial (winter deciduous) with tough rounded green leaves that provide a backdrop to lovely flowers with clean pink or white petals surrounding a spray of purple stamens. They really are a very attractive plant.
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Dec 052014
 

Photo © Bulleen Art & Garden
5th – 24th December. We are once again celebrating Christmas in the gallery with an interesting and diverse range of work by over 10 different artists for our Christmas exhibition including metal and ceramic sculpture, baskets, prints and paintings. Read More. This will be followed by a new exhibition by glass artist Jenie Yolland in the gallery from 7th January to 15th February 2015.

Dec 012014
 

Photo © Bulleen Art & Garden

A beautiful garden makes outdoor entertaining all the more inviting. Longer days along with summer festivities make the garden a perfect extension to your indoor space. Prepare for a lovely time outside this summer. There are plenty of things that you can do in the garden, think summer, think colour.

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Nov 182014
 

Photo © Bulleen Art & Garden

The end of the school year often means madly grabbing that box of chocolates or bunch of flowers for your children’s teacher while racing about doing a million other jobs. Why not try something a little different this year and help your kids to decorate a small terracotta pot and plant it out with herbs or flowers. These make a very personal and practical gift for their teachers, and the kids will have a blast designing, painting and planting them. Hamlet the cat approves of this project. Read on to find out how to do it.
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Nov 162014
 

Photo © Bulleen Art & Garden

The avocado is a versatile and nutritious fruit that, apart from being the perfect baby food, is high in vitamin C, full of anti-oxidants, great for our skin and a good source of beneficial mono-unsaturated fats and folic acid. The avocado tree is a generous, shady evergreen tree that may be pruned as little or as much as you require.

Generally regarded as a fruit of more tropical climes, many varieties of avocado will do just fine in Melbourne, as long as the soil and drainage is just right.
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Nov 152014
 

Nothing compares to the taste of homegrown strawberries, and those monster things you buy in punnets at the shops are generally a poor (and expensive) imitation. So, why not grow some strawberries at home! Good position and good soil are the keys to successful strawberries. Strawberries are actually a European cool-climate plant, and need to be treated with a bit of love in our part of Australia. For those of growing strawberries during the warmer periods of the year, we suggest growing under a little shade cloth cover. This is ‘slip, slop, slap’ for your strawberries to stop the sunburn… they’ll thank you for it! In the cooler months, a nice, warm, full-sun to part-shade spot is perfect… morning sun with protection from the afternoon rays.

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Nov 032014
 

Gallery Exhibition - Claydreamers Photo © Bulleen Art & Garden
31st October to 30th November 2014

An exhibition of ceramic art by Hannah Beilharz, Yukima Breaden, Sharleen Code, Naoko Coghlan, Linda De Toma, Maired Hayes, Rachel Hughes, Christine James, Miyuki Matsuzaki, Annette Nobes, Janet Pezaros,  Olivia Pianezze, Gordon Strachan, Choon Yeok (Yeokie). This exhibition features delicate porcelain, ceramics with a Japanese influence, mosaic wall pieces incorporating specially crafted ceramic pieces, figurative and animal sculpture, crystalline glazes, made using the pottery wheel, hand building and sculpting or mosaic techniques. It has been produced in Claydreamers Pottery Studio which was established by Linda DeToma in 1997. Linda has a career in ceramics includes awards and exhibitions.

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Nov 012014
 

Photo © Bulleen Art & Garden

This is probably the busiest month of the year for gardeners. Warmer temperatures and the recent rains make for perfect planting conditions. As you can see from the pic above, it is also Tomato Time! Cup Weekend is traditionally the ideal time in Melbourne to get your tomatoes into the ground. In the rest of your garden, plants are either busily flowering or pushing out new growth. Birds, spiders, lizards and ladybirds are feasting on aphids, whiteflies and other sap sucking insects that love to feed on new spring growth. Allow predators to thrive in your garden by reducing or eliminating spraying, planting lots of flowers and creating a diverse and nature friendly garden. For more tips on how to deal with pests, what to plant and harvest at this time of the year. Read on for everything you need to know…

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Oct 212014
 

Photo © Bulleen Art & Garden

As a Horticulturalist, it is always a delight to visit the garden of a fellow plant lover. I recently had the pleasure of walking around, admiring and discussing plants with Heather, a long time Bulleen Art & Garden customer. Heather & her husband Mike live in Lower Templestowe, and their garden has been a labour of love for over twenty years. Heather and Mike are regular visitors to BAAG, and it was fantastic to get the opportunity to go and have a look at the garden where so many of our plants have ended up!
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Oct 182014
 

Photo © Bulleen Art & Garden

Globe Artichokes (Cynara scolymus) are large thistle plants native to the Mediterranean, cultivated as a delicious food source. The plant itself has beautiful foliage, with large deeply lobed silvery green leaves which can be a stunning feature in both vegetable and ornamental gardens. There is a lovely purple-green leaved variety also available. Within the plant’s spiky leaves lies a tender artichoke heart that has a delicate, slightly nutty flavour which yields a mild lingering sweetness. This heart (or globe) is the immature flower head of the plant.
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Oct 032014
 

Gallery Exhibition - Happy Laughing 2 Photo © Bulleen Art & Garden

An exhibition of pottery, art and mosaics by the participants of St John of God Disability day service Churinga Pottery from 3 October to 26 October. The creative artists of Churinga Clayworks have become known and loved for their imaginative sculptures, vibrantly coloured tableware, tiles and mosaics. The freedom and vivid expression of each individual has developed into styles, which are unique. The artwork is highly sought after and each piece is made with an enjoyment that is evidently shared with anyone who encounters it. Click here for more images and info.

Oct 012014
 

October is such a busy month in the garden and BAAG is inundated with people wanting advice and help as they launch into spring planting. To make it a bit easier we have Maria (teacher of untold number of vegie gardeners) and Angelo (leading permaculture advocate) giving advice on essential elements of produce gardening. These free sessions will be held every Thursday and Friday at 12 noon during October.

Thursday 9th – FAQs for growing vegies
Friday 10th – Companion planting your vegie garden for greater yields
Thursday 16th – Bulleen Basics for beginners in the vegie patch
Friday 17th – Natural pest control with companion plants
Thursday 23rd – Trouble shooting tomatoes
Friday 24th – Grow more vegies in your garden using Permaculture techniques
Thursday 30th – FAQs for growing vegies
Friday 31st – Making and using compost for a healthier, drought-resistant garden

We will announce sessions over the PA to make it easy to find.

Oct 012014
 

Photo © Bulleen Art & Garden

The soil is warming, and plants are loving it. Enjoy the spring with its delightful blossoms and go out and get your hands dirty! The nursery is now fully stocked with plants for every situation, and as far as months go, they don’t come much more ideal than October for getting into the garden.

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Sep 232014
 

Practically Green Festival

The Practically Green Festival celebrates sustainable living and all things green with great activities for the entire family. A fun, family day out and it offers practical and simple ways to help you live more sustainably. The festival showcases the very best in sustainable building, retrofitting and living technologies and resources. BAAG will have an exhibit at the festival this year focussing on Home Produce.
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