Apr 272016
 

Photo © Bulleen Art & Garden

Signs of winter may be appearing, but this month still provides time for planting many varieties and tackling a few maintenance jobs. It isn’t all just hard work either, take the time to enjoy the autumn colours, the late flowering salvias, wonderful quince fruit (with their heady scent) and savouring the late season apples.  So rug up and enjoy May in your garden!

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Apr 202016
 

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Glass art by Jenie Yolland. 27 April – 29 May

Talk and demonstration – Sunday 1st May at 1pm

Join Jenie in the Bolin Bolin Gallery in the midst of her new exhibition, “Peeping Out” while she talks about her work and shows you how it is made. Book at (https://weteachme.com/bulleenartandgarden/1012394-glass-art-with-jenie-yolland-free-talk-and-demonstration ) or else just come along.

Jenie Yolland – Artist Statement
“ I love everything about glass! I have titled this exhibition “Peeping Out” because I want to show how we only see a tiny portion of the world as it really is. It’s only our perception…from our cultural perspective… These pieces have been inspired by great cathedrals and the magnificent colours that are thrown onto the people and objects inside. I have been working as a glass artist in Melbourne for 20 years. I sell internationally, exhibit in galleries and teach in my Richmond studio. Thanks for reading, and keep creating.” Click here for more information and pictures.
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Apr 012016
 

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Our customer base is a pretty savvy and well informed one, but this is always re-enforced in March and April as sales of our native plants soar.  Our customers are well aware that this is the ideal time to plant natives and all of a sudden I am 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 242016
 

Things of Wood and Clay

Things of wood and clay: A joint exhibition by artists Lene Kuhl Jakobsen – an award winning ceramist originally from Denmark – and master wood artist Andrew Potocnik, which will be running until the 24th of April. As well as their individual artworks, there will also be collaborative works on show, where wood and clay are combined in innovative ways and in which nature is the source of inspiration.

Click here for more information and pictures.

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Mar 232016
 

Wicking Beds

Understanding Wicking Beds

For any gardeners who have used self-watering pots, you are already familiar with sub-irrigation systems. If you’ve ever sat a pot plant in a saucer of water on a hot summer day, that’s sub-irrigation, and that’s exactly how a wicking bed works, the only difference being that it can be scaled up to the size of a whole raised garden bed!

Wicking beds appear to be very promising, so you may be wondering why they aren’t more widespread, and why the sub-irrigation systems aren’t more universally adopted in the gardening world. The simple answer is that wicking beds and sub-irrigation systems are not a universal solution to all watering problems, and that different plants have different watering needs.

Wicking beds create very unique soil conditions because water wicks up from below the plant roots upwards to the top of the soil, and this system has very clear advantages and disadvantages, which we will examine below.
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Mar 022016
 

Garden RELEAF and beyondblue

The annual Garden RELEAF festival is coming up again, and involves independent garden centres around Australia hosting and running informative and fun activities and events designed to encourage people to get stuck into their gardens. Taking place on Saturday the 9th and Sunday the 10th of April, the focus is on how gardens and plants can enrich both our lives and our health, and on gardening as therapy for both physical and mental problems.

This year, there will also be a focus will be on the benefits of growing your own Superfoods – autumn is Kale and Blueberry time, and there’s nothing as tasty as that which you’ve grown yourself! As part of the festival, on both the Saturday and the Sunday BAAG will be running all-age activities customers can participate in and competitions they can enter (you might even win a prize!), with all proceeds going to beyondblue. As well, we’ll also be donating $1 for every blueberry sold, and the Sunshine Blue dwarf evergreen blueberries will be discounted by 50% for that specific weekend.

handprintHand Prints Collective Artwork

Join us on Saturday and Sunday between 10 and 2 to contribute to a collective artwork to be displayed at the upcoming BAAG staff exhibition in the Bolin Bolin Gallery. Funds raised from the sale of the artwork will be donated to beyondblue.

Coin Toss for beyondblue

Test your skills and win a blueberry plant. Drop into BAAG on either Saturday or Sunday between 10 and 2 for your chance to win! All proceeds from the coin toss will be donated to beyondblue.

Last year, the RELEAF festival supported beyondblue and raised around $70,000 for them, and participating garden centres will once again be supporting this important charity.

For more information and a detailed list of what’s on where, please head to http://gardenreleaf.com.au

Mar 012016
 

BAAG Trading Hours over Easter

We’re open every day of the Easter period. That’s right, both the nursery and the shop will be open for business, while the landscape supplies yard will be open and delivering. However, we do recommend getting any delivery orders in early, as we’re often extremely busy during these holiday periods. For BAAG’s trading hours head to http://www.baag.com.au/about/trading-hours/.

Good Friday – Nursery, Shop and Landscape Supplies 9:00am – 5:30pm
Easter Saturday – Landscape Supplies: 9:00am – 5:30pm, Nursery and Shop: 9:00am – 5:30pm
Easter Sunday – Nursery, Shop and Landscape Supplies 9:00am – 5:30pm
Easter Monday – Nursery, Shop and Landscape Supplies 9:00am – 5:30pm

Mar 012016
 

Photo © Bulleen Art & Garden

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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Feb 202016
 

Saturday 5th March until Monday 14th March

Autumn is a wonderful time to be in the garden. The extreme heat has all but gone and vegie patches are overflowing with their summer crops. There really isn’t much for us gardeners to complain about. We celebrate edible gardening all year round at BAAG, but the Harvest Festival is the one week of the year that we really cut loose and party hard… in an edible kinda way. Come down and help us celebrate the splendour and seasonal bounty of fresh local produce at BAAG’s annual Autumn Harvest Festival. Join us for 11 days of fantastic events and specials, all guaranteed to get you gardening enthusiastically and, most importantly, growing your own food.

Specials during the Autumn Harvest Festival

  • 50% OFF Bulk Mushroom Compost (pickup only minimum order 1m3)
  • 50% OFF Bulk Organic Compost (pickup only minimum order 1m3)
  • 50% OFF all pears (including dwarf varieties)
  • 50% OFF all plums (including dwarf varieties)
  • 50% OFF all produce grapes
  • 50% OFF Sunshine Blue evergreen dwarf blueberries
  • 40% OFF all nectarines (including dwarf varieties)
  • 40% OFF all peaches (including dwarf varieties)
  • 40% OFF all currants and cane berries
  • 20% to 50% OFF all sub-tropical and tropical produce plants
  • 20% OFF ALL other produce plants not listed here

(Specials valid from Saturday 5th March until Monday 14th March)

Free talks and workshops during the Autumn Harvest Festival

  • On Friday the 4th of March our email club members and social media followers get early access to the many and varied specials that are on offer during the festival before they’re released to the general public. As well, Angelo Eliades (our High Priest of Permaculture) will be giving an exclusive talk at 10:30 am on how to grow your own tropical and sub-tropical fruit in Melbourne. If you love the food of the gods, this is one talk you won’t want to miss.
  • On Saturday the 5th of March from 10:30 am, Peter from Scotsburn Nursery will be giving a free talk on potting mixes and soil preparation for vegie growing. Getting your soil preparation right nips many problems in the bud, and sets you up for success.
  • On Saturday the 12th of March from 10:30am, Angelo Eliades will be giving another free talk, this time on how to establish and get the most out of your own produce garden.
  • On Sunday the 13th of March from 10:30 am, John Pinniger from Heritage Fruits Society will be giving a free talk on grafting and budding fruit trees. John puts grafting within your reach – it’s an easy thing to do when you know how!
Feb 102016
 

11th February to 20th March

Tim Read and Linda MacAulay have been collaborating over the past year. They have produced some works which add Linda’s graphic skills with Tim’s sculptural abilities. The exhibition will also include more of Tim’s metal sculptures and some of Linda’s paintings.

View more info and images at http://gallery.baag.com.au/?p=2765

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Feb 072016
 

Macadamia nuts are one of the few Australian ‘bush foods’ that have found success as a commercial food crop right around the world. These nuts have an amazing sweet, subtle buttery flavour with a soft, smooth, crunchy texture and are one of the most versatile nuts, they can be eaten raw or roasted, and added to a wide variety of recipes. They not only taste good, they are a rich source of energy and have many health benefits too!

Aside from nut production, macadamias make great ornamental trees with glossy green leaves and attractive pink or white flowers. Macadamias will grow and produce nuts in Melbourne, they just won’t grow as tall as they would in the northern states, and they will grow in most soil types as long as the soil is well drained – they dislike waterlogged soils.
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Jan 282016
 

Most people know that one of the benefits of companion planting is to attract bees which help pollinate fruiting plants. However, an equally vital benefit is attracting insects which will prey on and control pest insects such as aphids. Giving these beneficial insects an environment in which to thrive helps ensure a healthy balance in your garden and can dramatically reduce the need for sprays to control problem pests.

Beneficial Bugs include Green Lacewings, Predatory Mites, Honey Bees & Native Bees, Predatory Wasps, Ladybirds & Hoverflies. Click through for pictures and some plant suggestions for attracting beneficial bugs.
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Jan 282016
 

Galvanised Raised Garden Beds (Photograph by Bulleen Art & Garden)

Raised Garden Beds allow you to grow your own herbs and vegetables easily and comfortably. It doesn’t matter what your existing soil quality is like, you can now grow in quality, productive and water efficient soil and cut out most of the back-breaking digging.

The soil will never become compacted and your produce garden will produce healthier crops. You will also be conserving water and recycling organic household waste, not to mention the satisfaction of feeding your family from your own home produce. They are lightweight and easily moved around your garden when they are empty… perfect for renters who want to grow their own produce. Just empty them and take them with you when you move.

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Jan 272016
 

Summer holidays may be over, but summer itself is not. I spent several weekends over January replacing my spray system with a drip system. Much easier than I anticipated, now I feel a bit of a twit for avoiding that job for two years. Twit factor aside, I am looking forward to some relief from water bills as the efficiency of the drippers kicks in, but the main benefit will be a better distribution of water. As the garden grew the plants kept blocking the spray patterns leaving dry patches in the garden, I was constantly increasing the height of the sprays, drippers avoid that problem entirely. Roll on February, looking forward to using my new system!

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Jan 262016
 

Have you tried composting but always have putrid problems with it?
Is turning over the compost regularly a pain to do?
Do you wonder if there is a good way of getting rid of meat scraps or chicken fat?
Is getting the compost out of the bin too awkward and heavy for you?
Do you live in a house with only a small garden?
Does your worm farm resemble a scientific experiment with lots of other creepy-crawlies enjoying it too?
These are just some of the shortcomings which put people off dealing with organic household wastes.
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