Nov 152015

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 26 – Herb Pots – What goes with what?

Nov 212015

We are very excited to now be stocking the beautiful range of handmade Sapon goat’s milk soaps. They are made right here in Melbourne and they smell amazing! Sapon Goat’s Milk Soap can provide relief for many skin conditions including eczema, psoriasis, acne, fungal conditions and dry cracked skin. Its anti-inflammatory properties will sooth dry and damaged skin; its anti -bacterial properties will flush out harmful microbes, leaving skin stronger and healthier; and its moisturizing qualities will not dry your skin like many commercial soaps.
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Nov 182015

Land Cress (Barbarea vulgaris and Barbarea verna) releases chemicals which attract the Diamondback Moth (right) and the Large Cabbage Moth (left) – both small brown moths which are common pests in the vegie garden. These moths lay their eggs in the Land Cress, subsequently the emerging caterpillars feed on the Land Cress, are poisoned by the saponins in the leaves and die. So if you hear Land Cress referred to as a ‘Dead End Trap Crop’ – that is why.

Also worth noting is Land Cress – Barbera verna – is a nice spicy addition to salads.
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Nov 042015

Bromeliads belong to a specific plant family, bromeliaceae, which encompasses over 2000 species plus hundreds of hybrids. With one exception all are native to the Americas. The Pineapple is the most familiar Bromeliad. In nature many Bromeliads grow on trees as epiphytes or air plants. Their roots are used mainly for support. They are not parasites. Some Bromeliads grow on trees or in the ground; others grow on rocks and cliff faces. They are remarkably versatile, and form one of the most adaptable plant families in the world. They can offer exciting plant forms, colour combinations, infinite variety and challenge. Bromeliads are divided into groups called genera. The majority of the plants in each genus have the same cultural requirements. There are exceptions, of course.
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Oct 292015

On Sunday 20th of October, 10am, a group of local Junior Bug Detectives undertook an hour long investigation of the area behind Bulleen Art & Garden, by the river, and can confirm that bugs were indeed “detected”. Kat lead a team of young, but more than qualified team, who uncovered more than 20 different species of mini beasts at the investigation site.
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Oct 292015

Connect, Grow, Eat, Enjoy!

Nillumbik and Banyule Councils are holding the Home Harvest Feast for the fifth year. The feast is a celebration of home grown produce and local food. All growers are invited to celebrate in the harvest and the joys of local food by sharing a delicious community meal created by trained cooks using your home or community-grown produce.
What does it involve?

* Register to grow and supply the produce for the Home Harvest Feast.
* Spend the summer growing the produce and in the week leading up to the Feast donate some in return for your tickets.
* Attend the Feast on 28 February 2016 and enjoy a delicious meal and great day!

Registrations and more information at

Oct 292015

Photo © Bulleen Art & Garden

An exhibition of new Ceramic sculptures by Heather Wilson

Fri 30 October to Sun 29 November 2015

Exhibition Opening Thursday 29th october 6-8pm

This exhibition features Raku fired fish sculptures designed for garden installations. The workpushes technical boundaries through the size of the pieces and the exploration of body stains with naked raku. Heather is creating schools of fish that swim through plants supported by steel poles.

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Oct 292015

Photo © Bulleen Art & Garden

This is probably the busiest month of the year for gardeners. Warmer temperatures and the recent rains make for perfect planting conditions. As you can see from the pic above, it is also Tomato Time! Cup Weekend is traditionally the ideal time in Melbourne to get your tomatoes into the ground. In the rest of your garden, plants are either busily flowering or pushing out new growth. Birds, spiders, lizards and ladybirds are feasting on aphids, whiteflies and other sap sucking insects that love to feed on new spring growth. Allow predators to thrive in your garden by reducing or eliminating spraying, planting lots of flowers and creating a diverse and nature friendly garden. For more tips on how to deal with pests, what to plant and harvest at this time of the year. Read on for everything you need to know…

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Oct 252015

A small patch of green lawn in the front or back yard provides a versatile space that can be enjoyed year round, softens and reduces the impact of extreme weather while decreasing water runoff from hard surfaces into our rivers and creeks.

The choice of either or combination seed, plugs or instant turf depends on if you are rejuvenating or starting from scratch, the type of grass, your budget and time and effort that you would like to invest in creating your lawn. As a general rule seeds and plugs can be used for rejuvenating or establishing a new lawn but do take a longer period to establish while instant turf is used for new lawns, is quicker to establish but is more expensive.

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Oct 012015

Photo © Bulleen Art & Garden

The soil is warming, and plants are loving it. Enjoy the spring with its delightful blossoms and go out and get your hands dirty! The nursery is now fully stocked with plants for every situation, and as far as months go, they don’t come much more ideal than October for getting into the garden.

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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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