May 102018
 

Photo © Bulleen Art & Garden

This group have so many different common names: we will try to cover them all and nail them down.

Radicchio Cichorium intybus
Also called Italian chicory, red endive and red chicory. Originating in the northern Italy town of Chioggia, giving the most commonly grown variety its full name of Radiccio Rosso di Chioggia. Similar in form to a cabbage but with vibrant purple red leaves and stark white ribs. Eaten fresh, it has a bitterness that cuts into rich fatty foods like salamis, prosciutto and pancetta, as well as soft and hard cheeses. The flavour contrasts well with the sweetness of pears and the saltiness of anchovies. Radiccio salad with pears, blue cheese, anchovies, prosciutto and scattered candied pecans, light balsamic dressing – heaven on a plate. Growing in Melbourne: Grow in a sunny spot over winter. Will cope easily with a light frost. Our hot summers tend to lead to bitterness, best in the cooler seasons. Protect from slugs and snails, but not particularly pest prone.
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May 072018
 

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Absolutely on trend – but is it any good?

Biochar has been touted as a multi-pronged agricultural/horticultural and garden solution to improving soil fertility, lowering the need for artificial fertilisers, and a method of carbon sequestration. We are always keen to look into a safe, organic way of improving soils, thus increasing productivity. Read on for our conclusions:
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Apr 302018
 

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Autumn foliage at its most stunning. The cold days and nights bring out the deep reds, translucent oranges and butter yellows in our wonderful deciduous trees. Take the time to enjoy autumn’s late flowering salvias, wonderful quince fruit (with their heady scent) and savour the late season apples. Take a bolt to the Dandenongs and combine autumn colours with early flowering camellias. I just love this last hurrah before winter. So rug up and enjoy May in your garden!

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Apr 262018
 

Bulleen Art & Garden is under serious threat from the proposed construction of the North-East Link. We are now asking our community help us to survive. BAAG is an innovative garden centre which provides a visitor experience not found anywhere else in Melbourne. Some people in the garden industry even say we are unique in the world with our focus on art, environment and a wide range of rare and unusual plants.

We have been operating from 6 Manningham Rd West in Bulleen for the past 50 years, and under the current family ownership for over 35 years. BAAG is proudly an integral part of the local community and our approach is driven by a continued commitment to nurturing creativity and community. BAAG inspires, enables and educates our community to live in a more environmentally sustainable way. Please help us by signing this petition and spreading the word to your friends and families. The petition is calling on the NE Link Authority to ensure that the path the new road takes does not impact BAAG.

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Apr 252018
 

Autumn is the best time to plant your winter vegetable garden. As the weather cools and the rain starts to fall more frequently it is a pleasure to get back into the garden, remove spent summer crops and plant vegetables such as cabbage, broccoli, broad beans and peas. It is an advantage to start planting at the beginning of autumn as many winter vegetables require a long growing period. Read on for everything you need to do to ensure a bumper winter vegie crop.

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Apr 242018
 

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When I sold my house I bought several pots of cyclamen, slipped them into white cache pots and placed them around the house for the 5 week sales period. Much cheaper and easier than doing flowers. Afterwards I had the cyclamen flowering for the next 4 months and ended up moving them with me to the next house.
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Apr 212018
 

Camellia (Photograph by Bulleen Art & Garden)

Camellias are one of the most enduring and versatile evergreen garden plants.  Their garden value is further enhanced due to their winter flowering season when most other plants are either in decline or dormant.  Many cultivars make wonderful potted specimens. They are equally at home as feature specimens, hedging or screening and background shrubs.  There are even dwarf cultivars available.

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Apr 192018
 

Congratulations to our Beyond Blue Raffle prize winners! Kat and Pumpkin drew the winners of a $250, $100 and $50 gift voucher today- all proceeds donated towards beyondblue in support of our Garden Releaf weekend. Thank you to all who donated and supported us over the weekend.

Apr 092018
 

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BAAG will once again be supporting the Garden Releaf program in 2018 with Garden Releaf day on Saturday April 14. Focusing on the benefits of plants and gardens to enrich our lives, BAAG will be exploding with colour, plenty of fun activities and informative events across the day (and the weekend). The aim is to encourage people to get into their garden and get planting.

Gardens and colour continue to prove to be beneficial for positive mental health and wellbeing, so Garden Releaf day will be themed around Colour for Health. BAAG will be bursting with colour and beautiful plants, and we will once again support beyond blue through fund raising activities in the lead up to and on the day. Click through to see what’s happening at BAAG.
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Mar 282018
 

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Our customer base is a pretty savvy and well informed one, and this is always reinforced in March and April as sales of native plants soar. Good gardeners are well aware that this is the ideal time to plant natives, and all of a sudden we are doubling orders for natives as they walk off the bench. The weather can still provide us with warm days in April, but without the hot sun and with rain happening or imminent it’s an ideal time for gardening and planting. Now is also the perfect time to start preparing your winter vegie patch. There’s plenty to do in the garden in April, so put summer behind you and get cracking!

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Mar 192018
 

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BAAG was at the Banyule Arty Farty Fest again this year, this time Amy and Harriet were showing the kids how to build and look after their own worm farms. A great time was had by all. Thanks to everyone who popped by to say hello!

Mar 142018
 

Due to a major mistake (and horrible customer support) from our Internet Hosting company (cough cough NetLogistics cough cough) many of our Garden Club subscribers did not receive the March newsletter on time. It is still being delivered! For those that missed out… here it is… Continue reading »

Mar 012018
 

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It’s harvest time in your vegie garden, and time to think about what you want to plant in winter. It’s also a great time for making changes to your ornamental garden… the soil is still warm but the sun’s heat is not as intense. For those who have been asking, most of our autumn bulb range is now in stock (including garlic bulbs).
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