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BLOOMING Lovely
Magic Meadow, Lovely Banks: it all sounds a bit Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm but there’s no trace of Shirley Temple in Deb Parsons’ busy five-acre (two-hectare) market garden in the northwest Geelong suburb of Lovely Banks. Once mainly farmland, Lovely
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Create Your Dream Outdoor Space With This Indispensable Gardening Tool Perfect For The DIYer
Aussies are known for their love of the great outdoors, and want only the best products for their backyard spaces. Voted by Australians as the most trusted DIY power tool brand for the seventh year running, Bosch is the brand of choice when it comes
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THE SCIENCE OF gardening
Luli Faber is a neuroscientist and passionate gardener who loves to have flowers on her property year-round. Her 16ha block borders the Stuart River in Wilkesdale in the South Burnett region of southeast Queensland. “My main requirement is to find pe
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Your Home Deserves A Nuview
Nuview Window & Door Installations specialises in all types of windows and doors for both domestic and commercial applications. It’s a one-stop shop providing the full service, from manufacturing to supply and installation. The company offers an exte
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Heritage Harmony
Much has transpired in Australia since the early 1900s. The way we approach the design and construction of our homes and gardens remains one of the key milestones to show that the times have changed and that they are, today still, a-changin’. Through
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Fact Or Fiction?
1. It’s best to plant citrus trees in winter so they’re ready come summer. FICTION: In all but the warmest parts of the country, winter is not the time for planting citrus or, for that matter, most plants, small or large. The soil is too cold and it
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Inner-city Haven
Featuring raised veggie gardens and high brick walls, this multifunctional courtyard is the perfect space for its elderly owner to rest and relax. Designed by Clea Cregan from Miniscape Projects and constructed by Deck It Out! Landscape & Outdoor Sol
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Super Fruit
Goji berries are at the top of the superfoods list and a wonderful addition to your edible garden. The Tibetan goji berry (Lycium chinense) is a vine that grows wild in fertile valleys and hillsides in Tibet and Mongolia, where it has been used for c
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Mediterranean Meets Outback
Sustainability was key for this arid-inspired Moss Vale garden. With its natural sandstone features and sculptural walls, each design feature was both purposeful and locally sourced. The homeowners of this Federation-style property envisioned a garde
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A Minimalist Marvel
When we think of a modern Australian backyard, we usually imagine a green space with an expansive, lush grassed area and a varied planting palette. When designing this small Subiaco garden, however, Tim Davies Landscaping chose to keep things clean,
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Good Hedge Bets
It’s interesting that when presented with a practical gardening issue, such as the need for shade, privacy or groundcover, we always look to plants that are purely ornamental. And even when we’re offered the choice of an edible plant to do the job, w
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Rethinking Tropical Gardens
When you think of tropical garden design, what comes to mind? Is it the pops of colour, yards of flamboyant foliage, the elaborate water features? While the usual backyard paradise trope still has its place, the kind of tropical gardens we’re really
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The Herb Of Remembrance
In southern Italy, on the beautiful western coast, nestles the small seaside village of Acciaroli. Of its 2000-odd residents, 300 have reached the great age of 100. If that doesn’t impress you enough, it’s estimated that about 20 per cent of those ce
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Hard And Soft
When designing a garden, most clients look for privacy, a variety of plant life and maybe a play space for the kids. What sets this modern marvel apart from the rest was that it also needed to account for something not even on the property — its over
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A Daily Dose
Make rosemary oil: Lightly bruise a few sprigs to release essential oils and place in a bottle or jar of olive oil. Seal and store in a dark place for a couple of weeks, shaking occasionally. Make sure the rosemary doesn’t poke above the oil level. S
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Fun For All
The value of outdoor play and time spent connecting with nature should never be underestimated. Young children and toddlers learn physical skills and develop the senses by touch, taste, experimentation, climbing and observing. A garden that provides
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Poo Brew
Manure tea is similar in nature to compost tea. Manure tea conditions the soil, assisting plant roots to take up nutrients. It helps plants develop stronger root systems and thus more vigorous foliage. Manure tea enriches the soil with much-needed nu
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TOP Performer
Zucchini are generous plants to have in the summer garden, with their abundance of glossy fruit. They are easy to grow and such good croppers that during harvest time you can be out in the veggie patch picking zucchinis for not only your own use but
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Planting Planner
You can grow plants from seed or cuttings, but if you don’t have the time, patience or confidence for that, you can pop along to the garden centre and buy seedlings or more mature plants. However, before you get to the actual planting part, you need
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BACKYARD Stuff
Farmers have been raising backyard fowl for many years, but recently it’s become accessible for even the beginner farmer like you and me. Enter the Eglu Cube Mark 2 chicken coop with a 2m run, the latest innovation from Omlet. Complete with wheels fo
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Container Trees: A Planting Guide
Remove the pot gently from the root ball. “Tease” or loosen the roots to release them from the container mould. Some roots might be quite “set” and may need extra drying out; don’t be afraid to slice (with the sharp edge of your secateurs) the root b
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Create And Maintain A Beautiful Bounty In Your Own Backyard — Minus The Stress
Gardens can be gorgeous, undeniably, but growing your own can be daunting if you’ve never immersed your hands in soil before. If you’re thinking about starting your own garden, you’re probably aware that there are tons of gizmos and gadgets for garde
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Don't Miss A Beat
Whether watering or cleaning, this extendable sprayer can reach higher than any other sprayer. The 4-Pattern Extendable Wand can be extended anywhere between 93cm and 160cm to suit the task and is easily adjusted. There are four spray patterns includ
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Start Planning Your Outdoor Heating Today
Now we’ve kissed summer goodbye for another year, there’s no time like the present to start planning your heating so you can enjoy the outdoors year-round. Infratech specialises in infrared electric heating for indoor-outdoor spaces, and there are pl
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The Makers
This highly evocative courtyard garden was literally the star of the show. The Loggia, designed by Tract Consultants and built by PTA Landscapes, swept the field to win four awards: the City of Melbourne Award of Excellence for Best in Show, Gold Sho
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A Showstopping Lawn Requires A Huge Effort. Don’t Invest In The Wrong Fit!
Having a lush green lawn is basically the Australian dream. With weekend barbecues and kids’ parties on the go, and that feeling of walking around barefoot on the grass, the benefits of having a beautiful green lawn might seem endless — and that’s be
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