Oct 012015

Throughout October and November, our resident permaculture guru, Angelo Eliades, will be giving a free talk every Thursday at 11am. These fun and informative talks will be covering just about every aspect of produce gardening. They will help you make the most of your own garden this season. Angelo will answer any questions that you might have during the talks.

Thursday Oct 1 – Rotation planting and laying out your vegie patch
Thursday Oct 8 – Turning seedlings into strong healthy plants: nutrition and companion planting
Thursday Oct 15 – Succession planting: avoiding feast and famine
Thursday Oct 22 – Achieving a bountiful harvest
Thursday Oct 29 – Tomatoes tomatoes tomatoes (and basil…)
Thursday Nov 5 – Growing herbs indoors – it can be done
Thursday Nov 12 – Maintaining beneficial insects in the garden – keep your unpaid pest controllers working
Thursday Nov 19 – Terrarium taster. Joy will be giving this talk on what you can grow in a terrarium, as well as an insight into the terrarium making course she will be running in late November.

Sep 202015

Coffea arabica is a pretty shrub or tree with evergreen shiny leaves and sweet jasmine scented white flowers followed by green fruits ripening to red (can also be yellow or purple when mature). The outer layer is edible, soft and sweet/tart tasting. The inner seed is encased in a hard outer layer which needs to be removed by milling. The seed is the well-known and well-loved coffee bean. In its raw state it is generally a fawn colour and only achieves the dark colour once roasted.
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Sep 012015

Photo © Bulleen Art & Garden
September is a magnificent month to be out in the garden. You can smell spring in the air and the soil is starting to warm up, just like us. Spring is the turning point for planting options… the variety of plants that are happy to hit the soil in spring is huge, no matter what type of garden you like. After a cold winter there is nothing better than waking up to a sunny Saturday, throwing on a T-shirt and getting stuck into some gardening. We all have loads of jobs that have been neglected all winter, get started today!

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Aug 302015

Plant Grafting (Photograph by Bulleen Art & Garden)

It’s easy to get yourself totally confused and muddled when immersed in the heady world of horticulture – hybrids, cultivars, cross pollination…the list of terms goes on and on. But, there is one horticultural concept that we are hearing a lot more of – grafting, and it’s one that home gardeners need to get their heads around.

Rather than an act of political deception, grafting in plant terms means physically combining the desirable properties of two (or more) plants to form one “super” plant. Confused? Think about it like this – take the legs of your favourite supermodel or actor, and attach to these the torso and head of someone else (think my head on Angelina Jolie’s legs!) It’s all about the fusion between the lower half (called the rootstock) and the upper, aerial parts (called the scion).

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Aug 262015

If you love growing your own vegetables over summer then you’ll be pleased to know that many of them are easily grown from seed. The most popular vegetables such as tomatoes, cucumber, pumpkin, zucchini, beans and corn are great for beginners and there are many advantages to choosing seeds over seedlings.

Growing from seed is a fantastic activity for kids, especially fast growing things such as sunflowers, beans, corn and peas. Children can collect egg cartons and toilet rolls to make their own compostable pots.

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Aug 172015

Bugs in the Park – The Digging Detectives

Cost: Free

When: Sunday 20th September, 10am – 11am

Where: Parkland next to Bulleen Art and Garden, 6 Manningham Road West, Bulleen (meet next to Rose the Turtle)

Learn the lost art of hunting for mini-beasts and learn how to identify bugs during the different stages of their lifecycles. You will discover a whole range of “pets” that you have free-ranging in your yard and local parklands that you didn’t know were among us! Join Kat down in the Bolin Bolin Parklands for a one hour hands on workshop. Come dressed for digging!

This workshop is suitable for children of Primary School age, children under this age MUST be supervised by an adult. There is a maximum of 10 children, so bookings are essential on 8850 3030 or kat@baag.com.au.

Jul 302015

Well, the last weeks of winter are finally here, with the scent of Wattle signalling the promise of spring just around the corner. The first Magnolias are in flower and the gold and purple of Acacias and Hardenbergias create a dramatic floral display. The cold, frosty mornings are a prelude to the burst of new growth that heralds the coming new season of life. We have already had our fair share of frosty mornings and more are likely, so continue on with those frost damage prevention measures for a few more weeks yet.
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Jul 272015

Living with possums isn’t always easy, but there are a few things we can all do to live in harmony with possums in our shared urban spaces. Let’s face it… we are never going to get rid of them all together, and why should we? They were here long before we were, and it is our destruction of their habitat that has forced them into our houses, our gardens, and lives. So, what steps can we take to make sure we can all get along together?

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Jul 082015

In 1995, urged by staff member Claire Nailer, we decided to set up a gallery. The gallery space was planned, exhibition procedures worked out, artists invited to exhibit, and the Bolin Bolin Gallery opened in 1995. Since then, 7-10 art exhibitions have been held every year and many hundreds of artists have been involved. Garden sculpture has always been popular, but a wide variety of other art styles have always featured in the gallery – including sculpture from recycled materials, ceramic sculpture, mosaics, pottery, metal and stone sculpture, baskets, textiles, glass, paintings, photographs, installation and more.

Now, 20 years later we are very excited to be moving and upgrading our exhibition space. You can follow the progress on our gallery site at http://gallery.baag.com.au/?p=2443

Jun 112015

The majority of our bare root fruit and ornamental trees are now in stock. Make sure you don’t leave it too long if you had planned to grab a tree or two this year… many popular varieties will definitely sell out, especially some of the dwarf varieties. If you would like more information on our range this year please give us a call on 8850 3030 and ask for the nursery.