Jul 282016

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If you have a Lisbon Lemon, you are probably looking at a glut of lemons right now. Even Eureka and Meyer lemon trees are full of fruit, but it is the Lisbons that are just groaning with huge loads of lemons. And these are the best of lemons, super lemony, tart, strong, wonderful skin for grating – the perfect lemon.

So, what to do with this superfluity of lemons? For years my brother has been banging on about his preserved lemons, I have been nodding gently and looking impressed, but secretly wondering what on earth you actually DO with preserved lemons. Then… my niece cooked me dinner one night and it was sensational. I was tactfully asking exactly what was in the dish to take it from good to superb, when she told me how the preserved lemons she had made took it to the next level – and this was in New York, in a kitchen the size of a postage stamp. I asked around, and it seems everyone is using preserved lemons, especially in Morrocan cooking (yet another culinary train that left without me).
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Jun 272016

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Rhubarb adapts well to all climatic zones and most soils with good drainage. It can be grown in full sun or part shade, but avoid planting in heavy shade. Rhubarb plants are gross feeders and beds should be prepared by working through liberal quantities of well-rotted manure. Plant crowns 1-1.5m apart with the top of the crown level with the soil surface. Harvest very sparingly in the first year.
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Jun 152016

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Every September we get customers bringing in thickened bubbly curled and distorted leaves from their peaches and nectarines, by then it is too late to treat and all we can do is offer a rueful smile and tell people what to do for next year. This is Peach Leaf Curl, a very unsightly and damaging problem caused by the fungus Taphrina deformans. If left untreated, it can cause dieback of new shoots, early fruit drop, reduction of vigour, and eventually death of the tree. The cool wet spring conditions in Victoria are ideal for this particular fungus, so you need to be proactive in controlling this disease.
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Jun 052016

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AA Bridge Timbers

We have just received this load of magnificent Bridge Timbers from Queensland. They are mostly Redgum, with the odd Ironbark thrown in for good measure. Amazing condition, very rare. Come down and check them out!

$145 each (or $130 each in a pack of 12 or more)
Limited stock

Size: Colossal size of 2.7 m x 250 mm x 175 mm!
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Jun 012016

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An exhibition of Paintings and Sculpture by Melissa Thomas
3 June-10 July 2016

Oil Paintings that express the textures and colours of the Beautiful succulents that give us so much joy. Sculptures that enhance our conceptual ideas of these interesting plants. Melissa Thomas is a well known artist who has previously exhibited at Bulleen Art & Garden a number of times.

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May 312016

Great memories of running through piles of leaves, all rugged up, having a ball. Probably not shared by my father holding the rake – but I love this time of year. The satisfaction of a major tidy up, planting for spring with all the hopes and promise ahead, the camellias starting to bloom and wondering if I can squeeze in just one more gorgeous tree only available in the bare root season. It may be getting chilly, but there are still loads of winter gardening jobs to keep you warm. Read on!

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May 252016

BAAG will once again be hosting an Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea to raise money for the Cancer Council. Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea is an opportunity for friends, family or workmates to come together, share a cuppa and some delicious food, whilst helping those affected by cancer. We would love you to join us in our classroom on Thursday June 9th from 10:30am until 11:30pm. You are welcome to bring a plate of food to donate, or you can just come along with an appetite and your donation! If you plan to bring a plate, please list the ingredients on a sheet of paper for those with allergies.

Apr 272016

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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

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.

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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