Feb 202012

BAAG is thrilled to be the 2012 state winner of the Nursery and Garden Industry of Australia Environment award.

The NGIA environment award recognises business that demonstrates leadership and commitment to environmental management, sustainability and community participation in relation to environmental issues. It is open to the entire nursery industry, including retail garden centres, wholesale and production nurseries and allied garden businesses.

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Feb 012012

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Brick Sand

Brick Sand (Grey)

Sometimes referred to as fatty sand. Mainly used for mortaring brick or stone work and for laying under pool linings. Standard mix for mortar is 6:1 (6 parts sand to 1 part cement). For one cubic metre of sand you will need 8 x 20kg bags of cement. This will lay approximately 1200 bricks. Shades of colour may vary between batches.

Concrete Paving Sand

Concrete / Paving Sand

Mainly used as a concrete sand in a standard 4:2:1 mix (4 parts 14mm screenings, 2 parts sand, 1 part cement).
Concrete / Paving Sand is the main sand used when laying pavers, and is also the ideal sand for a water tank base.

Fine White Sand

Fine White Sand

Ideal for use in childrens’ sand pits. Also recommended as a jointing sand for paving. It can be mixed with brick sand 50:50 to make a general render. (3 parts brick sand, 3 parts FW sand, 1 part cement)

Jan 312012

Hidden behind our steel façade is our huge plant nursery, one of the biggest in Melbourne. We have a huge range plants in stock and they are all meticulously sorted so you can find what you need quickly and easily. All benches are sorted in alphabetical order to make life easy for the keen gardener, and in easy-to-use sections to make it easy for the novice. Plants are grouped into Small, Medium and Tall Shrubs, Trees, Ground Covers and Climbers and Screening Plants.

Produce Gardening

Produce Gardening

We have continually expanded our Produce Gardening range over the last few years, and you’ll be amazed at the variety you will find now. There’s nothing better than chomping down on some freshly grown, organic produce, and we are here to help you with everything edible. Herbs, vegies, fruit and citrus trees, berries, vines… you name it! If it’s available in Melbourne, it’s in our Produce Section. We even have a Bushfoods section showcasing some indigenous tasty delights. Our awesome display gardens not only provide ideas and inspiration, but show that we can grow the plants just as well as we sell them! You’ll be amazed at how many edible plants are also great as ornamentals, ask our staff to show you next time you are in.

BAAG Information Stand

BAAG Information Stand

The info stand is the hub of our nursery. All enquiries regarding plants, pests, diseases, gardening advice and customer plant orders are channelled through this point. Although staff are not always seated within the info stand one press of the service button located at the front of the stand will bring a quick response. You’ll also find heaps of info on classes, consultancies, community events and much more on our large display boards. There are also loads of brochures and other info you can take away with you. We have also set up a Large Screen TV for customers to use which displays loads of gardening info from our website. Next time you are in, grab the mouse and take it for a spin.

Aquatic Gardens

Aquatic Gardens

More popular than ever before, water features in the garden require a little extra care. The right balance of aquatic plants and fish can make a big difference to how well your pond keeps. Visit us for the right advice on the numbers and types of pond plants needed and how to care for them. We stock a wide variety of aquatic plants, both native and exotic species.

Habitat Gardening

These are plants especially selected to attract native wildlife to your garden. Enjoy the magic of birds and butterflies as they flit through in search of nectar or seeds; or choose attractive grasses to grow around your pond to shelter frogs in search of a home. Lizards will keep your pest insects under control when they take up residence amongst your plants. Our staff can help you select the right mix of trees and shrubs to suit any garden size.

Indoor Plants

Ferns, Indoor Plants and Shade Plants

Not just for the side of the house where nothing else will grow, ferns provide a cool oasis, perfect for outside sitting
areas. We have ferns that are suited for pots or for planting; and you can rest assured that are the ferns have been cultivated or harvested under strict environmental controls. Bulleen Art & Garden will never stock ferns taken illegally from their habitat. We also have a huge range of indoor and shade loving plants.

Flower and Vegie Seedlings

Flower and Vegie Seedlings

As all gardeners know, seedlings are the cheapest and easiest way to get your flowers and vegetables up and growing. More certain than seeds, which all have a degree of variability, by planting seedlings, you are sure of what you are growing. We stock a huge range of vegetable, herb and flower seedlings, both in the traditional punnet size; or, for the larger garden, the mega punnet is even more value for money.

Display Gardens

Display Gardens

Sometimes showing is far easier than telling. We have many types of display gardens set up throughout the nursery, including Produce Gardens, Cacti and Succulents, Lawn Alternatives, Indigenous Plants, Heat Loving Plants, The Edible Food Forest and much more.

Display Gardens
Display Gardens
Display Gardens

Jan 232012

Pea straw is a crop high in nitrogen grown mostly for animal feed. When used as mulch it breaks down within a year and improves soil structure and nutrient levels. It is perfect for vegie gardens, but also great in general garden beds. The bales make it easy to store until you are ready to use it… as long as you keep it dry.

Get together with your friends, family and neighbours to take advantage of BAAG’s FREE delivery of Pea Straw. The minimum order to qualify for the free delivery is 30 bales, there is no maximum order. A bale of Pea Straw will mulch around 5 to 6 square metres.

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Dec 162011

When you buy a product with the Fairtrade label, you’re buying an ethical and sustainable product. Fairtrade standards apply to traders and producers of food and non-food products in developing countries. Fairtrade labelling is a certification scheme that works with traders and producers in developing countries to achieve sustainable prices, better working conditions, and opportunities for local communities to have more control over their future.

Joe is constantly working hard to keep increasing our range of Fairtrade Gifts. Click here to have a look at some of the Sustainable and Fair Trade Gifts on offer at BAAG.

Dec 152011

Until 13 February
Everything from garden godesses in clay to living works of art to owls made from kitchen implements to sculpture from recycled materials to flower paintings, to mosaics to baskets. Artists include Sandra Bain, Tania Bishop, Wendy Clarke, Raine Edwards, Olive Evans, Ann-Maree Gentile, Micheal Giddens, Nicola Hoyle, Lene kuhl Jakobsen, Robyn Norris, Judy Pierce, Cetta Pilati, Meredith Plain, Wendy Smart, Robyn Stewardson, and Heather Wilson.

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Nov 152011

This member of the cabbage family is enjoying resurgence in popularity. Kale is a type of non-heading cabbage from which leaves are harvested for use over a long growing period. It may be grown year round but in Melbourne it is typically planted in autumn, as it develops a good flavour during cold conditions and is less prone to attack from the cabbage white butterfly, a lover of the cabbage family. It is a highly nutritious vegetable and highly ornamental also!

Plant kale as seedlings in autumn or propagate from seed in late summer. It requires a moist, rich soil containing plenty of well-rotted cow manure and compost, with dolomite lime added. If growing from seedlings plant them deeply, up to the first leaves, to establish a stable plant. Plant in an open sunny position and protect from cabbage white butterfly using a fine mesh netting or fly wire. If you do notice pale green caterpillars chewing holes in your seedlings then remove by hand and look on the undersides of the leaves for pale yellow eggs, which may be rubbed off. You can also simply remove affected leaves. If the caterpillars persist then you may spray with Dipel or use derris dust.

Harvest kale after 8 weeks and carefully remove individual leaves as required, taking care not to wrench the plant, as it may topple. Use kale leaves in any way that you would use cabbage. Kale can produce leaves for harvest for up to 12 months, before producing flower shoots which may be eaten like broccoli.


Tuscan Kale has very dark green leaves with a dimpled surface. Also known as Black Tuscan Kale, Cavolo Nero and Nero di Toscana.

Red Russian Kale has frilly curled leaves and light green leaves tinged with pink.

So called Ornamental kales can be eaten but are generally of poor quality.

Oct 302011

Rose 'Neptune' Photo © Bulleen Art & Garden

Roses can be planted all year round. The colours and varieties you choose will depend a lot on individual taste. Remember that fragrance is a great asset of many roses.

Since its earliest cultivation the rose has been hybridised from the species to now boast such styles as old garden roses, hybrid teas, floribundas (cluster flowered), miniatures, climbers (pillar, climbers and ramblers), weepers, David Austins (English roses), groundcover, patio and shrub roses.

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Aug 162011

What is a Raingarden?

Raingardens capture stormwater from hard surfaces and filter it through layers of sandy soil. These layers help to slow the rate of stormwater entering our waterways while also filtering out pollutants, excess nutrients and chemicals that normally build up on these surfaces in urban environments.

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Aug 162011

Elm Leaf Beetles are present on most Elms throughout Melbourne. There are many Elm trees in Melbourne, both
planted as street trees, in public parks and reserves, and in private gardens. Although the Elm Leaf Beetle is
present in significant populations, Dutch Elm Disease, for which the beetle is the carrier, is not present in Australia. This disease has devastated many Elm Tree populations around the world.

Damage Caused

The damage caused to trees is different at different times of the year, depending on the stage in the life cycle of the beetle. In spring new leaves will have many small holes chewed through the leaf, called shot hole damage. This is caused by the adult beetle, a pea – sized, oval shaped beetle with yellow and black stripes.

The adult beetles then lay their eggs on the undersides of the leaves. These hatch out after 7 to 10 days. The
larvae hatch out and feed on the green parts of the leaf, completely skeletonising the leaves. In late December the larvae move down the trunk to pupate in the soil and in lower crevices in the bark. After one to two weeks the adult beetles emerge and travel back up the trunk to feed on the foliage. As the weather cools down the beetles seek shelter for the winter months. The beetles will over winter in houses, sheds, wood piles, compost bins, even in vehicles.

In Melbourne, one to two of these cycles occur each year, depending on the seasonal weather. The damage to the trees depends on the health and age of the tree. Older trees that suffer other environmental stresses, such as drought or compaction of the root zone, will be weakened and may decline at a faster rate. Young trees that are otherwise healthy and vigorous will be more able to cope with the beetle infestations each year. Watering trees in drought periods and avoiding damage to the roots will result in healthier trees, more able to cope with the yearly beetle attack.

What can be done?

The aim is not to eradicate Elm Leaf Beetle, but to reduce the numbers so that the damage is minimised. There are several methods that may be used to reduce the numbers of beetles and larvae feeding on your Elm trees.

Trunk banding: Two bands, approximately 20cm apart, of clear film with a band of Tac Gel applied around the trunk. This should be applied early in January as the idea is to trap and kill larvae moving down the trunk to pupate. On smooth barked Elms, sticky packaging tape may be wound in a 20cm wide band around the trunk, with the sticky side facing out. This is a physical trap for larvae moving down the trunk and as such should be replaced when it loses its stick or gets clogged with larvae.

Foliar Sprays: This method is only useful for immediate control of the beetles and larvae feeding on the foliage. This method is difficult for the home gardener to apply due to the size and height of the canopy. For most established trees, this method is both expensive and short term and is the most environmentally damaging. This method is not recommended as an effective and safe control method.

Trunk injection: This method can only be administered by an arborist, as both the technique used, and the equipment used is specific. Most arborists would not recommend this method, as there are more effective and
cheaper ways to control Elm Leaf Beetle.

Need More Information?
Friends of The Elms at Burnley: e-mail foteinc@hotmail.com

There are also several arboriculture services that can help:
Arbor Spray: 0419 546 376
Tree Logic: (03) 9822 2181
Arbor Co: (03) 9804 3366
City Wide Tree Care: 1300 136 234

Aug 162011

Aloe Vera (Aloe barbadensis) has been cultivated and used for its healing properties for around 5000 years. The first written record of its use was 1500 B.C. in an ancient medical text known as the Papyrus Ebers. The Aloe is a member of the lily family and there are over 200 species of Aloe all having some degree of healing properties.

The Aloe plants have the ability to close off their cells to retain fluid. This happens almost immediately after the leaf has been cut. This is what makes the gel so useful to seal off burns and cuts in humans and animals.

Aloe can be grown in pots outside or in sunny garden beds free from frosts. They need a very open potting mix and can take plenty of water during the warm weather. During winter, very little water is required unless you decide to grow it on a sunny windowsill. This ensures it is close at hand to treat cuts and burns. The fresh leaves can be split and the leaf gel rubbed on to treat minor burns, sunburn, wrinkles, insect bites, minor cuts, scratches and skin irritations. The juice may be used internally for a variety of uses. A portion of the leaf sealed in plastic will keep in the refrigerator for a week or so and sections may be cut off as required.

Aug 162011

Photo © Bulleen Art & Garden

The art of Bonsai can be traced back as far as the 6th Century AD. It requires a fair bit of effort and care, but after a few years the results can be spectacular. It may seem daunting when you first start reading about it, but providing you remember to carry out the routine maintenance it really is quite straight forward.

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Aug 162011

Eleocharis dulcis

An annual sedge growing in water margins and bogs with erect, narrow, tubular leaves half a metre to a metre tall. The plant spreads by a creeping rhizome which, through the summer months, produces additional sucker plants. The sweet mahogany brown corms have a crisp white flesh and a nutty flavour and are highly valued as a nutritious food. During canning, the medicinal tonic or antibiotic principle called puchine (or puchin) is destroyed, but fresh corms remain crisp and retain puchine after cooking. For this reason, Chinese people regard fresh water chestnuts as superior to the canned product. The flavour has been described as a blend between apple, chestnut and coconut. The flesh remains crisp even after cooking.

Plant in the early spring as 210 frost free days are needed to produce a crop. One chestnut (corm) can, under favourable conditions spread and fill a square metre, so allow sufficient space when planting, perhaps 3 plants per 2 square metres. Soil needs to be free of sharp sticks and stones which can damage the delicate skin of the chestnut. Once the stems are 20cm high the soil should be kept flooded with 100mm to 300mm of water throughout the growing period.

Later in autumn the leaves start to yellow and it is at this point that the chestnuts form at the terminal ends of the rhizomes. Over the following weeks the leaves die back totally and harvesting can start at this time. Although you may find that the sweetness of the chestnuts improves after a period of winter chill. Water is drained off prior to harvesting. Wash the corms after harvest, and brush when they are dry.

They can be grown in any sufficiently large container that holds water e.g. bathtubs, wading pools, ponds or Styrofoam boxes. Alternatively, you can grow them in a plastic lined trench in the vegetable garden.

Problems that commonly occur are rot and damage from birds. A total or almost total lost of seed corms due to rot can occur if they are introduced to a soil or medium that has been freshly fertilized with manure. This can be avoided by fertilising the field or container a few weeks early giving the manure time to break down first.

Aug 162011

Photo © Bulleen Art & Garden

Materials you will need:

Water plant baskets – Available in the shop, near the pond pumps
Garden Blend Soil – available from the Landscape Supplies section in bulk or bags
Fine White Sand – available from the Landscape Supplies section in bulk or bags
Pebbles – available from our Landscape Supplies section in bulk or bags
Fertiliser Pellets – Available in the shop, near the pond pumps

Step 1

If you are repotting old pot-bound plants, pull them out of their pots and cut them into smaller pieces. Make sure you have some root ball attached to each one. The foliage will also need to be pruned in the same way you would prune other plants. The cuttings will break down beautifully in the compost. Water Lilies are much the same, but don’t divide them too much as it is possible to damage the corms. Re-potting lilies should be done every 2 to 3 years in winter when the plants are dormant. This needs to be done to ensure flowering.

Step 2

Place the soil about half way into your water plant basket. These prevent pond plants from being invasive. They also keep the soil around the plant roots and allow water flow to supply nutrients and oxygen. This aeration of the soil prevents it from becoming anaerobic (depleted of oxygen) and foul smelling. Planters are great for use with all marginal water plants, submerged plants and water lilies. Choose sizes accordingly. Pack the soil down hard, place the plant along with one fertiliser tablet, (two tablets for larger plants like water lilies) then top up with soil. Allow a few centimetres for the remaining materials and press down firmly to prevent air pockets.

Step 3

Place approx. 2cm of the Fine White Sand on the soil, pack down and then a layer of pebbles, placing heavier ones closer to the main stems. Having a mixture of small and large pebbles works best, the larger ones stop fish digging up your lilies at the root. Water in and you’re ready to re-position your plants and watch them take off again!

Aug 162011

If you can grow apples you can grow raspberries, and why wouldn’t you? The sweet juicy fruit is delectable when picked ripe and warm from the canes, truly placing the taste of the sun on your tongue. Nutritionally dense and a fantastic snack for kids, raspberries require a small amount of preparation and ongoing care which will yield great results.

Canes are available in nurseries in winter as bare-rooted stock.
When you plant your raspberries prune them to about 20cm from ground level.

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