Our customer base is a pretty savvy and well informed one, and 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!
Autumn is the best time to plant your winter vegetable garden. As the weather cools and the rain starts to fall more frequently it is a pleasure to get back into the garden, remove spent summer crops and plant vegetables such as cabbage, broccoli, broad beans and peas. It is an advantage to start planting at the beginning of autumn as many winter vegetables require a long growing period. Read on for everything you need to do to ensure a bumper winter vegie crop.
Garlic has been around for thousands of years, dating as far back as the Egyptian pyramids. It has been widely used as both food and medicine in many cultures over the years. Garlic is really easy to grow if you plant it at the right time. If you would like a garlic flavour in your cooking all year round you can plant garlic chives as well. When buying garlic to plant, be sure to buy healthy, firm bulbs from a garden centre or garlic farm. You cannot grow bulbs bought from the supermarket as they are treated to prevent them from sprouting. (Supermarket chains generally don’t like the idea of their customers becoming self-sufficient.)
Another great reason to grow your own organic garlic at home is that ALL imported garlic, under Australian customs regulations, is sprayed with methyl bromide (a toxic biocide). Doesn’t sound too tasty does it?
There are many beautiful plants that may be grown from bulbs, tubers, corms or roots. Many are suitable to grow in pots or small spaces and produce prolifically in the first season. They provide seasonal colour and many are excellent cut flowers.
There are three main seasons for plants grown from bulbs, corms, roots or tubers. The flowering seasons are spring, summer and autumn. Spring flowering bulbs are planted in late summer to autumn (the end of February until the end of April), summer flowering bulbs and perennials are planted in winter (the end of May until August or September), and Autumn flowering bulbs should be planted with the summer bulbs and perennials.
Ceramic art by Jack Latti & Marlize Myburgh
9th March to 9th April
Meet the Artist – 3-5pm Saturday 11th March
From the green hills of Research Jack Latti & Marlize Myburgh, the artists of NIOKA STUDIO, have collaborated to put in place an amazing ceramic exhibition – Structural Intentions. Works range from small functional ware, hanging planters, birdbaths to large garden sculptures.
Both Jack and Marlize are influenced by the structure in the plant life surrounding them and this influence can be seen in their artwork. They both enjoy experimenting and pushing the boundaries of their main medium – CLAY.
Find out more about this exhibition at http://gallery.baag.com.au/?p=3287
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).
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 18th and Sunday the 19th of March, 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.
As part of the festival, on both the Saturday and the Sunday, BAAG customers will receive 50% off of our entire range of Blueberries. We’ll also be donating $1 for every blueberry sold to Beyond Blue.
This year, there will also be a focus on incorporating play spaces and multipurpose spaces into your garden. Join the fantastic Kat Veilgaard giving a free talk on therapy gardening on Saturday the 18th of March at 10:30am, with an emphasis on incorporating play spaces and multipurpose spaces into our gardens, spaces that make you want to slow down and relax, spaces where we can take our tea and toast or the newspaper or a good book, spaces where we can play board-games, spaces where children can play and be creative, spaces for sand-play, for Zen meditation, for children to build castles and play make believe.
For more information and a detailed list of what’s on where, please head to http://gardenreleaf.com.au
Once again we will be at the Banyule Arty Farty Fest this year on Sunday 19 March from 11am – 4pm. Join Nicole, Harriet and Kat and learn all about growing from seed and the importance of water in your garden. There is also a free activity for the kids, who will be able to make and take home their own Grasshead.
The festival is on at Sills Bend, Warringal Parklands in Beverley Rd Heidelberg. More info at the Arty Farty Fest website.
I am VERY glad I installed a drip system last summer, all automated, and finally all my pots are now included. It has made this summer a breeze, with zero deaths in the garden and hopefully a bearable water bill (I have yet to see it, so, potentially there could be one death resulting…).
Yes, it’s on again this Australia Day weekend. Everything in our huge range of aquatic plants will be half the normal price. You will also be able to pick up a pre-formed pond or water bowl for 30% off the normal price.
These specials will be available from Thursday 26th until Sunday 29th January. Be sure to get in early as the popular lines don’t last long!
Basil is one of the best known herbs in the world, and with good reason. It’s tasty, attractive and very easy to grow. With over 100 different species to choose from, Basil is never faulty!
Summer is the perfect time to get in your Chilli and Capsicum seedlings. Once the fruit starts to set there is nothing better than seeing splashes of bright red, orange, yellow and green dotted throughout the vegie patch. There are so many great summer salads and stir fries to use them in… what are you waiting for?
There is something very soothing about the sound of frogs singing to each other in your garden. Making a pond that will attract and sustain frogs and tadpoles isn’t all that hard, as long as you keep a few important things in mind. A frog pond is a great project to undertake with the kids, why not give it a go next school holidays? Read on for all you need to know.
Grevillea Gaudi Chaudi is a prostrate, spreading grevillea native to south-eastern Australia. It features lovely maroon-red toothbrush flowers from spring to winter. They are a fantastic addition to a habitat garden, birds love the flowers! The foliage is tough and leathery, but quite beautiful. New foliage is reddish, turning mid to dark green as it matures.
This bank of Grevillea Gaudi Chaudi was planted 10 years ago in the High Country outside of Merrijig. A crowbar was used to plant tubestock into rock hard clay and within 5 years a complete cover had been established. It has never been watered or fertilised and it is subjected to baking sun, hard frosts and even some snow. Pretty sensational.
3-24 December 2016
Once again a mixed group exhibition will be filling our gallery with a wonderful range of artwork in a number of different media by some of our favourite local artists.
Fiona Clarke, Raine Edwards, Jane Dubsky ,Sue Davies, Glenn England, Lynne Foard, Lee Goller, Nicola Hoyle, Lene Kuhl Jakobsen, Jack Latti, Meredith Plain, Jenny Overton, Robyn Norris, Liz Walker
More information about this exhibition at http://gallery.baag.com.au/?p=3206