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  • Organic Pest Control

    We have now come to realise that everything in our gardens interacts with everything else. If you spray to kill a pest, you are leaving an ideal niche for another pest to come along.

  • Drip Irrigation Design Guidelines

    Drip irrigation is the most efficient method of irrigating. While sprinkler systems are around 75-85% efficient, drip systems typically are 90% or higher. What that means is much less wasted water!

  • Using Grey Water in the Garden

    Re-using at least some of your wastewater on site fits in with permaculture principles, reducing your impact on the environment, as no resources are being used to process it off site. Many areas of Australia have been in drought for years, with garden water availability either limited or curtailed. In these situations, grey water may be the only way to have a garden.

  • Beginners' guide to compost and worms

    Find out about different composting and worm farming techniques, how to trouble shoot common problems and how beneficial the compost and worm castings are to your garden.

  • Become a worm farm connoisseur

    Are you unsure if creating a worm-home in the garden is for you? Wondering what all the fuss about worm tea is? And what about feeding them, smelling them and getting grandma to babysit them on the holidays? Then read on...

  • Smart Garden Library

    The My Smart Garden library collection contains special books that are recommended for gardeners in the program.

  • Managing & Keeping Healthy Fruit Trees

    Do you want to take better care of your fruit trees? Learn about many of the aspects of caring for fruit trees here, such as choosing trees to suit your garden, feeding and pruning.

  • More Healthy Fruit Trees!

    It’s amazing how much tasty fruit you can grow in a small back yard.

  • Grafting and Pruning Fruit Trees

    Gardening organically cuts out the addition of chemicals and pesticides, giving you healthier food and a healthier environment. To learn more about how you can make your first steps into organic gardening, check out these workshop notes.

  • Growing Organic Vegies at Home - FAQs

    Organic gardening aims to minimise artificial chemical input into the garden, so it excludes the use of synthetic fertilisers and harmful pesticides.

  • The 'No Dig' Garden

    No dig gardens are, in effect, composting gardens. To learn more about how you can create a no dig garden, check out these workshop notes.

  • Know Thy Soils

    Want to learn more about your backyard soil? Check out the notes to learn about the fundamentals of soil and how you can improve it.

  • Getting Started Growing Veggies

    There are a few basic requirements for plants. Location, water and healthy soil. Get these right and you'll be set up to have a productive veggie garden that's a pleasure to work in. Check out these start-up notes.

  • Vegie gardening for beginners

    Want to start growing your own food but don’t know where to start? Read about the basics including soil and plant nutrition, pest control, traditional and no-dig veggie patches, and easy herbs and veggies to ensure first time success.

  • Citrus in the home garden

    Citrus trees are an important part of any edible garden, providing a fresh, tangy and nutritious addition to a sustainable kitchen, even in the depths of winter.

  • Home grown brambles

    'Brambles' come from the genus Rubus, subgenus Eubatus, and include Logan, Boysen, Young, Marion, Silvan, Lawton, Dirksen Thornless, Lockness, Karaka, Thornfree, Chester and Smoothstem blackberries. These notes include designs and notes for bed establishment, training, fertilising, and timing of planting.

  • Home grown berries - Blackcurrants

    Black Currants (Ribes nigram) are an excellent source of vitamin C, and can be used in cordial and jams. Read on for notes on pruning, pests and diseases, and planting conditions.

  • Home grown berries - Jostaberries

    The jostaberry is a generic cross between the blackcurrant (Ribes nigram) and the gooseberry (Ribes grossularia) and has beautiful flowers and attractive maroon petals. Read on for planting conditions, uses, pruning and espalier hints.

  • Home grown berries - Red and White Currants

    Red and White currants (Ribes sativum) are distinguished from black currants by their dark grey-brown bark, and prolific bud production at the junction between one year old and two year old wood. Read on for a short description of planting conditions, pruning and training hints.

  • Controlling pests naturally

    Discover the wondrous soil microbes, and the problematic and beneficial insects in your garden. These notes will teach you how to improve the health of your soil, how to attract the good bugs to control the unwanted ones, and how to control pests the organic way.