Apr 252018
 

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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Apr 242018
 

Photo © Bulleen Art & Garden

When I sold my house I bought several pots of cyclamen, slipped them into white cache pots and placed them around the house for the 5 week sales period. Much cheaper and easier than doing flowers. Afterwards I had the cyclamen flowering for the next 4 months and ended up moving them with me to the next house.
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Apr 212018
 

Camellia (Photograph by Bulleen Art & Garden)

Camellias are one of the most enduring and versatile evergreen garden plants.  Their garden value is further enhanced due to their winter flowering season when most other plants are either in decline or dormant.  Many cultivars make wonderful potted specimens. They are equally at home as feature specimens, hedging or screening and background shrubs.  There are even dwarf cultivars available.

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Apr 192018
 

Congratulations to our Beyond Blue Raffle prize winners! Kat and Pumpkin drew the winners of a $250, $100 and $50 gift voucher today- all proceeds donated towards beyondblue in support of our Garden Releaf weekend. Thank you to all who donated and supported us over the weekend.

Apr 092018
 

Photo © Bulleen Art & Garden

BAAG will once again be supporting the Garden Releaf program in 2018 with Garden Releaf day on Saturday April 14. Focusing on the benefits of plants and gardens to enrich our lives, BAAG will be exploding with colour, plenty of fun activities and informative events across the day (and the weekend). The aim is to encourage people to get into their garden and get planting.

Gardens and colour continue to prove to be beneficial for positive mental health and wellbeing, so Garden Releaf day will be themed around Colour for Health. BAAG will be bursting with colour and beautiful plants, and we will once again support beyond blue through fund raising activities in the lead up to and on the day. Click through to see what’s happening at BAAG.
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Mar 282018
 

Photo © Bulleen Art & Garden

Our customer base is a pretty savvy and well informed one, and this is always reinforced in March and April as sales of native plants soar. Good gardeners are well aware that this is the ideal time to plant natives, and all of a sudden we are 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 192018
 

Photo © Bulleen Art & Garden

BAAG was at the Banyule Arty Farty Fest again this year, this time Amy and Harriet were showing the kids how to build and look after their own worm farms. A great time was had by all. Thanks to everyone who popped by to say hello!

Mar 142018
 

Due to a major mistake (and horrible customer support) from our Internet Hosting company (cough cough NetLogistics cough cough) many of our Garden Club subscribers did not receive the March newsletter on time. It is still being delivered! For those that missed out… here it is… Continue reading »

Dill

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Mar 062018
 

Dill

Anethum graveolens

Dill is a a very attractive, feathery herb grown both for its leaves and its seeds. It is also a good food source for beneficial insects. The leaves are best eaten before the plant runs to seed. The leaves have a delicate tangy flavour and a wonderful aroma which goes really well with fish, eggs, and poultry. Best used fresh and added towards the end of any cooking process. The aroma and attractive feathery texture makes it one of the best garnishes in the kitchen. It is particularly good in salad dressings and in oils and butters, or through cream cheese. Smoked salmon without dill is like a martini without an olive.
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Mar 012018
 

Photo © Bulleen Art & Garden

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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Hazelnuts

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Feb 252018
 

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Claire’s Hazelnut Tunnel

Four and a half years ago, while pregnant with my second child, my friends helped me dig over two long, south facing garden beds either side of a path. We removed running bamboo from my next-door neighbour, as well as other weeds, then we added manure, compost and zeolite to the heavy clay soil. We mounded up the beds to give better drainage.

Inspired by “The Nuttery” at Sissinghurst in the UK, my long, south facing fence was perfect to recreate this inspirational planting, although with less space than Harold Nicholson’s creation. My entire back garden is edible, except for some floral elements to attract pollinators and good bugs. So, finding edible plants that would do well in the shade was important to me. Hazelnuts are perfect.
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Feb 242018
 

Zeolite

There are a whole bunch of really smart people out there doing amazing research and product development to help improve soils. There are websites, soil clubs and blogs devoted to soils. My 18yo son thinks this is truly pitiful and these people should get out more – while I think this is incredibly useful and what would an 18yo know anyway?

Two products are standouts, both have been around for a while, but are a bit of a sleeper – well known and used in the high end turf industry, bulk potting mix and in the plant production industry, they have yet to be promoted to the backyard gardener.

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Feb 202018
 

Steel and Glass Sculpture

by Tim Read and Rob Hayley

2nd February to 4th March

Tim Read is a sculptor from the Bend Of Islands whose passion is working with steel. He also likes to collaborate with artists in other media. For this exhibition he will be collaborating with friend and colleague, glass artist Rob Hayley.

More pictures and info at http://gallery.baag.com.au/?p=3690