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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.

  • The Urban Apiarist: Backyard beekeeping

    Have you ever considered having your own bee hive in the backyard? The idea might not be appealing at first but once you get one, you wouldn’t have it any other way.

  • Make your own wicking planter box

    A self-watering or wicking planter box is a great way to grow veggies and herbs with much less water and maintenance than conventional plant pots. These notes show you how to build one from low-cost materials.

  • Harvesting and Reusing Water

    During dry periods we can still grow our own food through smart design and water efficient gardening. Check out the notes and learn more about harvesting, storing and distributing rainwater in the garden.

  • Beat the Heat! Water-wise edible gardens

    Everything you need to know about keeping your garden alive and thriving in the heat. Topics include choosing drought tolerant plants, providing shade and windbreaks for veggies, storing water in tanks and in the soil, using mulch and compost to retain water and drip irrigation.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Seasonal Vegie Growing Guide

    Use this handy seasonal guide to plan your vegie patch.

  • More Healthy Fruit Trees!

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

  • Balcony Gardening

    How do you maximise your harvest in a little space or in pots? Check out these workshop notes to learn more.

  • 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.

  • Design an edible garden

    A great garden starts with a great design. It also means you can increase the productivity of your garden with a lot less work. Using the principles of permaculture, these notes show you how to design a food garden to produce an abundant oasis.

  • 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 - 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 - Raspberries

    Raspberry (Rubus idaeus) are a rich source of vitamin C, manganese, B vitamins 1-3, folic acid, magnesium, copper and iron. Read on for planting conditions, pruning and training hints.