Food plants usually need quite a lot of water, they are generally shallow rooted and they need water to be productive. You can still have a water efficient garden using any of the following techniques. Hand watering works well with a few simple rules, don’t use thick or heavy mulch,
Pesticides 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.
Hot, lazy days are just around the corner. We will be taking cool drinks on the veranda because a good gardener gets ready for summer in Spring and then retires to the shade. Here are half a dozen hot tips so your garden stays cool. Get the right plants. Many wonderful plants are tough as nails and will not need any assistance.
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
It’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
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
Summer takes us outside into the elements, hot sunshine, the first swim and the busiest time for the garden. The vegetable garden has mostly realised the potential of Spring, fruit trees are weighed down, the lawn needs mowing and water has become precious again.
As many reservoirs around Australia continue to fill, and with many government water rebate programs drawing to a close (except in Victoria) fewer rainwater tanks are being installed. But should it actually be the other way around? It is better to install a tank when water is still plentiful, rather than waiting for the weather to dry out.
Spring has sprung and it’s time to get down and dirty in the garden. There is no better time than the start of Spring to give your garden a much needed make over. Just as you want to get your beach bod and a fresh hair cut for the summer months – your garden needs some love as well. Here are some great tips and a detailed video of how to not only revamp your garden but ensure it is water efficient for the future as well. The makeover starts now!
Arron Wood launched the SmartGardenWatering website earlier this month at the Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show. The SmartGardenWatering application is a fun and informative way to find out exactly how much water your garden needs. You can simply plot out your current garden, or get creative and plug in the plants that you would like to see in your dream garden and see how much water it would use. The app includes the ability to share the garden you’ve created on Facebook, and you can check out the gardens other people have posted too! Arron Wood was Young Australian of the Year in 2001, and has received a number of other national and international accolades for his work with the environment and the Kids’ teaching Kids’ movement, including the Prime Minister’s Environmentalist of the Year Award in 2007. Make sure you check out the video below of Arron at the launch.