May 202015
 

EVERYBODY Welcome!

If you have never been to one of BAAG’s morning tea event, then mark the date of our up and coming Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea in your diary! Not only are our staff clever in the garden, some are fabulous world class cooks in their spare time. With sweet, savoury and even vegan options, our morning teas can turn into a bit of a “bake off”, and have everybody saying “why don’t we do this more often!” So join us for a cuppa and a chat this Thursday the 28th between 11am and 12 noon, whilst supporting this worthwhile cause.

This year Kat is co ordinating the event, so if you have any enquiries, please don’t hesitate to contact her by phone (8850 3030) or email (kat@baag.com.au).

Looking forward to seeing you all there!

May 212015
 

Photo © Bulleen Art & Garden

Our two beautiful rooster and hen chooks have gone nameless for too long. The BAAG staff have come up with the following short list and we would like our customers to have the final say with a poll… please cast your vote below for your favourite hen and rooster name. For those that are interested the rooster is a Black
Langshan and the hen is a Silver Laced Wyandotte.

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May 042015
 

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Salvia officinalis

An evergreen perennial shrub used for millennia as a culinary herb and grown in the Mediterranean and Balkan regions. Leaves can be used fresh or dried.

Leaves are a pebbly felted green, strongly aromatic, with a flavour variously describes as piney, peppery, woody and lemony. The leaves have a relatively strong flavour – you don’t need too many. Great in stuffing and with roasted meats. There is a purple version (Salvia officinalis ‘Purpurea’) which is slightly spicier with purple leaves and darker blue flowers – a beautiful addition to the herb garden.
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May 042015
 

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Nasturtium officianale

Highly versatile salad herb that has been in cultivation and wild harvested for millennia.

Use fresh as a salad green, steam as a green vegetable, add to a soup, or fresh filling in a sandwich, a highly versatile addition to your herb garden. The flavour is delicate and peppery, the texture light and fresh. When cooked the peppery flavour is milder and makes a lovely addition to soups.

Actually a water plant, this is one of the few herbs you can’t overwater. You can grow it in soil, (keep wet) or in water (excellent aquaponics plant). Will take sun or partial shade.

When harvesting snip the watercress off with kitchen scissors rather than pulling up the roots, snip just before you need them – watercress does not store well. Harvest before flowering, after flowering the flavour becomes bitter.

Apr 302015
 

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New Kid On The Block!

We are very excited to announce that the latest addition to our very own potting mix range arrived today. BAAG Premium Potting Mix takes its place in the lineup alongside our own brand Organic and Terracotta and Tub Potting Mixes. Once again it features the wonderful artwork of our very own Jodie Barakat! It comes in a huge 40 litre bag, contains controlled release fertiliser and re-wetting agent and is manufactured to the Premium Australian Potting Mix Standard.

As a very special offer the Premium Potting Mix will be just $9.95 for the first month (until the end of May) The normal price will still be a very reasonable $12.95.

Apr 302015
 

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 282015
 

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We bought a bridge!

Recently, the Fremantle railway bridge over the Swan River in Perth had its old timber sleepers replaced. We managed to get hold of these magnificent untreated Jarrah beauties, and have two sizes available. The first are 2.7 m x 225 mm x 150 mm approx. We only have eight packs of twenty-five sleepers available, and they are $100 per sleeper or $90 each in a pack of twenty-five.

The second are incredible, and measure a massive 2.8 m x 225 mm x 200 mm approx. We only have eleven packs of twenty-five available in this size, and they are $120 per sleeper or $110 each in a pack of twenty-five.

Each sleeper is a one-off, special feature piece of timber. Check out the pictures or come down and have a look – these magnificent sleepers can be picked up from the yard, and we can also deliver, tip off, or crane truck – give us a call for a price on delivery.

Update! Four packs of the 2.8m sleepers have already been sold, so get in quick! We can also hold them here in the yard for up to a month until you need them for that special job, if required.

Click through for our entire sleeper range.
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Apr 072015
 

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If you are looking for a beautiful tree with delicious fruit to bring a wow factor to your garden then look no further than the Jaboticaba. The Jaboticaba (Myrciaria cauliflora) is a slow growing tree native to Brazil and surrounding countries. Jaboticabas are a striking ornamental tree with fine leaves, attractive bark and honey scented flowers. However, their most exciting feature is the grape-like fruit which grow directly on the trunk. This unique feature makes it an attractive and unusual feature in any garden.
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Apr 072015
 

Black Sapote Photo © Bulleen Art & Garden

The Black Sapote (Diospyros digyna) is an evergreen fruiting tree, related to the persimmon and native to Central America. Known as the chocolate pudding fruit, this tree produces masses of large green fruit which when ripe are soft and taste like chocolate pudding. The fruit are delicious eaten fresh or mixed with ice cream. The tree, which has glossy green leaves, will require a warm sunny position with protection from frosts in order to grow in Melbourne. Avoid exposure to westerly sun as it can burn the leaves and keep well watered in summer. The Black Sapote can tolerate a wide range of soil but will prefer a well drained, nutrient rich soil to thrive.
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Apr 012015
 

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I know 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 302015
 

BAAG Trading Hours over Easter

We’re open every day of the Easter and ANZAC Day holiday period. That’s right, both the nursery and the shop will be open for business so you can take advantage of the last long weekends of autumn, 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: 8:00am – 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
ANZAC Day – Nursery, Shop and Landscape Supplies 9:00am – 5:30pm

Mar 252015
 

Photo © Bulleen Art & Garden

Persimmon are a highly ornamental deciduous fruit tree with dense bright green foliage, spectacular orange and red autumn colours, light grey bark, and a beautiful twisted form in old age. In same cases, the large orange fruit are held on the bare branches after leaf-fall, creating a jeweled sculpture! Height is 3-10 m, tending to under 5m in the home garden.

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Mar 222015
 

'Lach's Lovely Hand' © Bulleen Art & Garden

The pH of the soil is important in so far as certain elements, vital for plant function and growth, can only be accessed by the plant within a certain pH range. Outside this range the nutrients become “locked” by the soil and so the plant does not thrive. Soil pH is easy to test for with test kits, available from Bulleen Art and Garden; or you can bring a sample of soil from your garden to the nursery and have it tested for you.
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Mar 162015
 

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It is relatively easy to create a wetland habitat in your backyard that will attract frogs. The transportation of tadpoles from one area to another is prohibited, but if you want to have some amphibian friends in your backyard, just create a frog friendly environment and they will move in.
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Feb 252015
 

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Bulleen Art and Garden ran Harvest Festival Vegetable Competition as part of their Harvest Celebrations this year. And the winners were…

* biggest pumpkin/gourd was awarded to Katrina, on behalf of St John’s Community Garden, for their impressive butternut
* the pumkin/gourd with the most personality went to Ms Rachel Bishop, with her large orange pumpkin grown from a secret seed source
* natures mishaps. Well, lets just say the students of Our Lady of the Pines Garden Club more than deserved an award as their Pumpkin, which was clearly in the running for the biggest pumpkin, was vandalized in an “unnatural tragedy”. Clearly an Atlantic Giant.

All three winners received a $100.00 gift voucher from BAAG, which will hopefully take them into the next growing season.
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