May 012017
 

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Autumn foliage at its most stunning. The cold days and nights bring out the deep reds, translucent oranges and butter yellows in our wonderful deciduous trees. Take the time to enjoy autumn’s late flowering salvias, wonderful quince fruit (with their heady scent) and savour the late season apples. Take a bolt to the Dandenongs and combine autumn colours with early flowering camellias. I just love this last hurrah before winter. So rug up and enjoy May in your garden!

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Apr 012017
 

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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!

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Mar 312017
 

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.

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Mar 222017
 

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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?

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Mar 202017
 

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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.
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Mar 012017
 

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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).
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Feb 262017
 

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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.

Jan 302017
 

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…).

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Jan 122017
 

Basil (Photograph by Bulleen Art & Garden)

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!
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Jan 082017
 

Capsicum (Photograph by Liz Pye, http://suburbantomato.com used with permission)

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?

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Dec 102016
 

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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.
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Dec 052016
 

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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.

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Nov 302016
 

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A beautiful garden makes outdoor entertaining all the more inviting. Longer days along with summer festivities make the garden a perfect extension to your indoor space. Prepare for a lovely time outside this summer. There are plenty of things that you can do in the garden, think summer, think colour.

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Nov 272016
 

As summer approaches our taste buds tingle in anticipation of luscious mangoes and other tropical delights. What better than to grow your own? Don’t be put off by the fact that you live in Melbourne, it is possible to grow a range of tropical and subtropical fruit varieties down here. The key to success with tropical and subtropical fruit is finding or creating the right spot or microclimate in your garden that will provide a warm, frost-free environment for optimal growth, flowering and fruiting, as well as providing a well-drained but moist soil. There is nothing quite like the taste and smell of ripening tropical fruit in summer, why not give it a try?

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Nov 102016
 

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We are planning to produce an aphid factsheet in the near future.. but in the meantime we thought you would find this interesting!

If you see these shiny puffy brown mummified aphids on your roses – leave them there – each of these aphids has been parasitised by a tiny black wasp and now has a single wasp growing inside it. Each wasp can parasitise 200 aphids. There are some amazing youtube videos – if you have a strong stomach….A little bit of patience and between the ladybirds, lacewings, hoverflies and parasitic wasps – all naturally around – we have our aphids under control and we have done NOTHING – just waited until a natural balance occurred (and bit off a few fingernails during the wait).