Posts tagged as: gardening

Making a home for backyard critters, butterflies, frogs, birds and lizards

Green FrogPesticides and fertilisers upset the natural balance and kill both insects and the animals that feed on them. Birds, lizards and frogs will deal with most pest insects on their own and if you use herbicides you will kill them and often any creatures that live in water including fish and tadpoles.

Water iPhone apps we could all use

There seems to be an app for everything these days – water and environmental sustainability are no exceptions. Whether we want to do more ourselves or even show our friends how easy it can be, there countless apps to save money while living a more eco-friendly life. In no particular order, here some of the most interesting and

Planting Vegetables from October to December in the temperate zone

Orange FlowerGardeners love gardening calendars. Sustainable Gardening Australia do a good one on their shop if you want a hard copy. For online calendars I love Gardenate, it is simply laid out and comprehensive for herbs and vegetables. The following selection is for temperate climates, south of about Sydney but Gardenate

Housekeeping for the garden

Private Garden at SunsetThe weather is definitely warming up now and if you find you have more energy there are some very useful things to do, some of them are fun too. Get ready for entertaining! Check to see if the outdoor furniture needs fresh paint Clean the BBQ, check the hose fittings, check the gas bottle How about shade? Dust off the market umbrella

Late Autumn, early Winter in the garden and Chinese Chicken

I think late autumn and early winter is truly is one of my favourite times of the year. I love the beautiful display nature puts on for us to admire and I love the crispness as the summer heat subsides. My favourite F’s are at the market – figs and fennel – fantastic! Even though it is getting cooler, there is still so much you can do in

Five gifts from the garden for Mothers Day

We want to thank the Mums this weekend for all their hard work with some gardening gift ideas. Breakfast Our daughter makes this breakfast on Mother’s Day and it never fails. Not gardening related? Think again! You’ll need your herb garden for this one.

Gardening in the Desert

Sturt's Desert PeaIt’s 40 degrees in Alice Springs with bright blue skies. It is raining in parts of  northern Australia  but Alice doesn’t get rain every year and with high temperatures and low humidity anything damp is oven baked pretty fast. Clothes dry on the line in the time it takes to have a meal. How do you garden in the desert? I was wondering how plants survive at all but there are

Looking back at 2012

2012 in reviewAs we count down the final days and hours on this year, we thought it timely to take a stroll down memory lane and reflect on some of the things we’ve seen in the last 12 months. Here are our top 5 highlights…

Christmas Gardening

Christmas is almost here, a time of giving and receiving, a time of spirit and for most of us a time of coming together and sharing. All of these themes come to life, it seems to me, in a community garden. Community gardens are used by volunteer groups in the community with permission from the owners

Melbourne moves to Permanent Water Use Rules

Garden WateringMelbourne and many parts of Victoria have now moved to Permanent Water Use Rules across the State. It is hard to get good talent these days but we do have a simple video that makes the rules easy to understand, and a nice shot of a fountain.