Aug 212012

We do not all have access to large sunny gardens or even any garden at all. If you would like to grow food at home but feel like you don’t have the room, don’t despair.

If you have a small garden there are many ways to grow food, using raised beds, pots, window boxes and hanging baskets. Easy to grow crops such as salad leaves, Asian greens and herbs will grow happily in pots, and if you have room for a raised garden bed, then you can grow an even larger variety of vegetables.
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Aug 162012

Once prized for their antiseptic and medicinal properties, marjoram and oregano and now fairly common in Australian kitchens and gardens and with good reason. They are both easy to grow, gorgeous to look at and incredibly tasty. Oregano, due to its spreading habit, is also an excellent ‘living weed mat’, giving you a tasty plant that does the weeding for you.

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Aug 092012

At the moment in our gift shop we have a great range of highly decorative Moroccan style lanterns with gorgeous colored glass. These lanterns come in various shapes and styles and they operate with a single tea light. Perfect for that next family gathering outside.

Aug 012012

I know… you hate broad beans. Perhaps they were served to you as a kid… boiled to within an inch of their lives, until they were the colour, taste and texture of cardboard.

But have you tried eating them when they are picked young? Take them from their pod before the tough coat has had a chance to form on the beans. They are the colour of fresh spring leaves, and are light in flavour. There’s nothing better than cooking up some spaghetti or fettuccine, toss this in a hot pan with fresh broad beans, garlic, sea salt, olive oil, ground pepper, some anchovies and serve with shaved parmesan. Mmmm… a true spring treat.

Broad beans are great to grow in autumn and winter. Mature plants are frost hardy too. Sow them from late summer through autumn and winter. The beans take 3 months to mature, so you’ll normally have your broad bean eating frenzy in spring. Plant them in blocks so the plants support each other, and you may need to tie string around them to keep them upright (especially in the case of the taller varieties). Broad beans are easy when planted from seed. They are large seeds, so they are easy to handle (great for kids!) and you get loads from a pack. Plant the seeds 5cm deep and water them in well. You won’t need to water them again until you see their heads pop up (unless it’s abnormally hot or windy.)

Broad beans are not hungry crops, so you only need to lightly manure the soil. Sprinkle around some dolomite or garden lime and fork through the soil. Pinching out the tips after the first flowers appear will encourage the pods to set.

I love the broad bean flowers, they’re white and black. So very unusual. You can also get a crimson flowered variety from Diggers seeds. (see the pic above for how great they look!)

Two tried and true old fashioned varieties are:

Aquadulce – has long, well filled pods with a nutty flavour.

Coles Dwarf – A heavy cropper with long pods to 20cm but on a shorter plant, may not need tying if planted into a block.

Jul 282012

New to BAAG this week are fantastic old vintage painted metal school / cinema chairs from Sth East Asia. These chairs are very sturdy yet lightweight and would look great in a study, bedroom or as spare seating for that next family gathering either inside or out.

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Jun 222012

After a few nights of our poor restock crew getting drenched we finally have nearly all of our new season’s bare root fruit stock on the benches. We have a massive range of fruit trees this year, but best to get in quick before the really popular varieties sell out.

Jun 212012

Just arrived this week is our new range of eBamboo products. There is a great selection of eco-friendly bamboo table and dinnerware made from a biodegradable natural organic Bamboo Fibre. These items can be used for hot or cold liquids and are food safe and heat resistant. A great eco-friendly product.

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Jun 162012

Photo © Bulleen Art & Garden

A smelly beauty – Stapelia variegata

Coming from South Africa, the most common species of Stapelia is the carrion or starfish flower plant. It forms clumps of fleshy stems which can be green or grey-green, and are often reddish. The flowers are as big as 5-9cm wide and appear in late summer or early autumn. They are spotted yellow and brown. Perfect for the Hawthorn supporter in your life! They smell, just a little bit, of rotting flesh, which is VERY attractive to flies.

It is a plant that will grow well in a shallow wide pot, or used as a fascinating trailing plant. Grow it in sun or partial shade, in moderately fertile potting mix. They can be grown in free draining soil.

Jun 162012

Vaccinium macrocarpon

Cranberries are famous for two things: cranberry sauce served at Thanksgiving with turkey and for use in treating urinary tract infections. It was highly valued by Native North Americans for medicinal use, and the berries were able to be effectively stored beneath snow during winter as an important food source. Now we also drink the Vitamin C rich berry as a juice and apparently the berry floats in water and bounces when dropped! Is there nothing this clever berry can’t do?
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Jun 132012

A treasure trove of fruit growing information has just been made publicly available through the work of Pat Scott to rescue the newsletter content compiled by the members of the Rare Fruit Council of Australia from 1980-2002. Thanks to Pat, Sheryl Backhouse and all the writers for making this resource available. I know where I’ll be spending my spare reading time over winter! Click here to visit their website.

Jun 112012

Join local reveg guru Glenn Mansfield, BAAG and the Friends of the Yarra Valley Parks on Wednesday the 18th of July between 9am and 12 noon for a planting day in the park next to the nursery. BAAG has been busy working on the site for over 15 years, creating a healthy indigenous habitat in an area where there was once just weeds.

Come down and find out about the unique and wonderful plants and animals found along the middle Yarra; learn about some of the revegetation techniques used to rehabilitate the site and have a bit of fun getting your hands dirty while having a positive impact on our environment. Kids are more than welcome as well, and they always have loads of fun at these days.

If you would like to join us please rsvp via email to (There is no charge, it just makes it easier to organise the day if we know numbers)