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Where to start when planning a pond

Council regulations – Rules vary across the country, so the first step is to check out your local council guidelines and regulations. Depending on the size, depth and position of your proposed pond, you may need a development approval. Location – Choose a spot where you can sit and enjoy your pond. Go for a … Continue reading Where to start when planning a pond

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How to choose a Christmas tree

Health – Make sure the plant looks happy and healthy, and free of pest and diseases. Shape – Choose a tree with a pleasing shape (a symmetrical form is best) with good branches for attaching decorations. Container – Most trees will come in a black plastic pot, so think about how you might decorate it, … Continue reading How to choose a Christmas tree

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How to prune natives

Generally, the best time to prune and contain any native shrub or groundcover is straight after it finishes flowering, or if it’s something that tends to bloom most of the year, at the end of a significant flowering period. Natives that flowered over spring, such as grevillea, bottlebrush and boronia, can be pruned now. Cut … Continue reading How to prune natives

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The three sisters

Fish and eel waste were dug into the soil to improve fertility, before creating planting mounds 50cm wide. A bunch of corn seeds were sown close together in the centre. When they grew to about 15cm tall, bean and squash seeds were sown around the outside. The corn stalks provided poles on which the beans … Continue reading The three sisters

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Everything is coming up roses

Start by removing spent blooms – the earlier you cut them off, the quicker the plant will produce new flowers. Follow the stem down to an outward-facing leaf that has five leaflets, and prune just above the bud. Angle the cut slightly, so that it sheds water away from the bud. Next, remove any canes … Continue reading Everything is coming up roses

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Meet our 2016 Gardener of the Year

And the winner is… Shirley Johnson, a retired schoolteacher turned guerrilla gardener from North Fitzroy, Melbourne, who has transformed the empty garden beds in her street into jewelled tapestries of flowers and foliage. Shirley is also the winner of the community garden category. Bill Mitchell in Yallingup, Western Australia, has used cacti and succulents on … Continue reading Meet our 2016 Gardener of the Year

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Made in the shade

Inspired by the beautiful and practical timber bush houses of yesteryear, landscape architect Arno King shows how modern gardens can rediscover the great Aussie bush house in the October issue. There is lots of sound advice on design, construction and lighting, and extensive lists of gorgeous plants to decorate your summer haven.