In this issue

This Issue February 2020

Find ideas and inspiration for managing your garden through dry times, discover the benefits of saving seed, and learn how to build a B&B for native bees in your garden.

Gardening through the drought

What can you do to keep the gardening spirit alive when all around is brown? See how other gardeners are adapting and helping one another, and pick up practical ideas to help you and your garden through dry times.

Browned off

Should you keep your lawn going? What about your vegie patch? Trees? Flowers? Tim Entwisle tackles the complex subject of gardening in a time of water scarcity.

Fruits that defy the dry

Even when it’s extremely dry, you can still grow delicious fruit in your backyard. Find out which fruit trees and vines thrive with little water.

Saving seed

Save seed from the plants you love, to build a store of plants that do well in your conditions, or to rebuild a garden you’re leaving – or losing. Be inspired by Gardening Australia presenters and contributors who are reaping the benefits of saving seed.

Native bee B&B

Sophie Thomson shows how to create an impressive-looking native bee hotel in your garden, complete with their preferred food plants for an all-inclusive stay.

Survival of the fittest

The owner of a property in Victoria’s Macedon Ranges deals with climate extremes by growing plants that do well in her area, refusing to fuss over them, and accepting that there are good times and bad times.

Demanding divas

Maidenhair ferns are famously difficult to please, but these simple tips from a maidenhair master will help you keep yours green and lush.

Fresh as a daisy

Follow Jane Edmanson’s tips for growing Michaelmas daisies (also known as Easter daisies or asters) to fill your garden with cheery, vibrant blooms from summer to autumn.

Also in this issue

  • Grow cordylines for their striking, colourful foliage
  • Make room in your garden for a dragon fruit plant
  • Follow our guide to creating a hanging kokedama
  • Learn how to thin overcrowded banana clumps
  • Plant kale, pick cucumber, and grow rocket in pots
  • Check out the list of 50 jobs to do in your garden this month

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