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Seed Saving

Why save seed? Firstly to save money!  And to create new varieties adapted to your garden. If something was particularly…

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Healthy Fruit Trees

Do you want to take better care of your fruit trees? Learn about many of the aspects of caring for…

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Home grown berries – Gooseberries

Mike & Katrine Juleffwww.pennyroyalraspberry.com Goose berries, Ribes Grossularia Gooseberries were grown in Tasmania and Victoria originally but lost popularity. However,…

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Intro to Organic Gardening

Gardening organically cuts out the addition of chemicals and pesticides, giving you healthier food and a healthier environment. To learn…

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Shovel Maintenance

Shovel Maintenance Having a sharp shovel makes light work and is better for your back! In the My Smart Garden…

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Vegie gardening for beginners

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Growing Vegies in Winter

Notes prepared by Kat Lavers, last updated 18 February 2016 While you might not feel like spending much time outside…

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Adeline’s family patch

Adeline’s family patch “I want my kids to have a healthy start in life” “I saw a flier at the…

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How to take cuttings

How to take cuttings With a little skill, a cutting from a friend or family members plant is a great…

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Anne’s permaculture patch

Anne’s permaculture patch “I can get more from my garden with less work” “I had a bit of gardening experience…

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Grafting and Pruning Fruit Trees

Homegrown fruit gives you fruit with a depth of flavour that the supermarkets couldn’t even begin to achieve with their…

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Home grown berries – Jostaberries

Mike & Katrine Juleffwww.pennyroyalraspberry.com Jostaberry named from the German –“(Schwartz) Johannisbeere – (black) currant and Stachelbeere” – gooseberry Background and…

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Balcony Gardening

Small space? Consider these aspects in setting up your garden How do you maximise your harvest in a little space…

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Growing Organic Vegies at Home FAQs

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How to chop’n’drop mulch

Preparing a veggie bed for planting Did you know your unwanted plants and pruning’s can be used as a mulch…

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Queensland Fruit Fly (QFF)

Alert and advice for Melbourne gardeners – January 2021 Have you found maggots in your produce? Gardeners from across Melbourne…

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Preparing a veggie bed for planting Now is a great time to start preparing your veggie bed for your summer…

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Permaculture in Pots

Don’t have enough space to grow an edible garden? Oh yes you do! © Scott Hitchins 2014 Living in a…

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Wild Greens

Many weeds commonly found in our backyards are actually highly nutritious and tasty and have been eaten as ‘wild greens’…

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Preparing a veggie bed for planting

Preparing a veggie bed for planting Now is a great time to start preparing your veggie bed for your summer…

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Planting a fruit tree

Planting a fruit tree The best time to plant a bare-rooted fruit tree is during the winter season. In this…

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Preserving Basics

These notes discuss many of the techniques necessary to get your preserving kitchen into top gear. Find hints on bottling,…

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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…

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Keeping Fruit Trees

If you’ve never eaten a home-grown white peach dripping with luscious juiciness before, then you have never really eaten a…

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Design an Edible Garden

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Home grown berries – Raspberries

Mike & Katrine Juleffwww.pennyroyalraspberry.com Raspberry- Rubus idaeus Raspberries are a rich source of vitamin C, manganese, B vitamins 1–3, folic…

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The No Dig Garden

The classic ‘no dig’ garden is based on the simple principles of composting layers and processes, encouragement of soil micro…

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How to sharpen secateurs

How to sharpen secateurs Having sharp and hygienic tools can make a big difference to your garden. Not only does…

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The Art of Preserving

Preserving makes the most of seasonal fresh produce to enjoy later. Even if you don’t grow your own, visiting farmers’…

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Planting seedlings

Planting seedlings Spring is a great time to plant your summer seedlings! In this My Smart Garden video Horticulturist Kat…

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Shotaro’s small garden

Shotaro’s small garden in Altona Shotaro has transformed a small space into a productive oasis filled with unusual herbs and…

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Food

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Home grown brambles

Mike & Katrine Juleffwww.pennyroyalraspberry.com   BRAMBLES genus Rubus, subgenus Eubatus, which includes Logan, Boysen, Young, Marion, Silvan, Lawton, Dirksen Thornless, Lockness,…

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Making Italian preserves

Bring a taste of Italy to your kitchen with these traditional preserves. Discover how to make Italian passata, bottled peeled…

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Urban Quail Keeping

By Kat Lavers Oct 2021 Would you like fresh, golden-yoked eggs and feathered company in your tiny urban backyard or…

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Designing and planting your home orchard

Designing and planting your home orchard Scott Hitchens July 2022 Click here for workshop recording   Growing fruit in your…

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Know Thy Soils

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Healthy Happy Backyard Chooks

By Jessamy Miller October 2021 Chooks are easy care pets that offer you eggs, garden fertilizer and fun! While low…

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Growing Veggies from Seed Successfully

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Creating a food forest

A forest requires no human maintenance and no inputs of fossil fuel energy, pesticides, herbicides or fertilisers to create an…

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Perennial plants

We’re used to replanting our veggies every year, but perennial food plants will provide a yield for many years –…

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Propagation

Fill your garden with amazing edible and useful plants for low or no cost! Learn all the secrets of propagating…

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Home grown berries – Blackcurrants

Mike & Katrine Juleff www.pennyroyalraspberry.com Black Currants -Ribes nigram These have the same background as for gooseberries, losing favour after WW…

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Growing in pots for small gardens renters and apartment balconies

Notes prepared by Donna Livermore Feb 2020 A Good Life in the City (Instagram and Facebook) Most vegetables, herbs and…

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Seasonal Vegie Growing Guide

Use this handy seasonal guide to plan your vegie patch. Course Notes © Maria Ciavarella of My Green Gardenwww.mygreengarden.com.au COOL…

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Planting veggie seeds

Planting veggie seeds Now’s the perfect time to plant your summer seeds! In this My Smart Garden video Horticulturist Kat…

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Susy’s front garden

Susy’s front garden in East Malvern Having moved to an East Malvern rental property from living overseas, Susy and Jason…

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How to harvest leafy greens

How to harvest leafy greens Did you know that some leafy greens can provide a repeated supply of produce? In…

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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…

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Home grown berries – Red and White Currants

Mike & Katrine Juleffwww.pennyroyalraspberry.com Red and White currants Ribes sativum Red and white currants grow in cooler areas, needs sunshine…

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Peter’s mid sized garden

Peter from Seaholme “Growing food is a conversation starter and now people stop me in the street to say hi”…

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How to feed your plants

How to feed your plants Just like us our plants need a regular feed to ensure they get all the…

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Shelter

Appropriate cover to protect your plants from the elements.

Water

Be water wise! Learn about ways to be a water warrior.

Habitat

Birds and the bees. How do you make sure they have a happy home?

Waste

Your waste is another worm's treasure.