Blog

Our blog features a variety of gardening and growing tips on topics such as soil biology, wicking bed construction, composting, grafting, pruning, water-saving and irrigation. Plus we regularly post recipes to help you make the most of the ‘seasonal glut’ and tips on how to live in a more sustainable way.
A rare flash of copper wings

A rare flash of copper wings

A rare flash of copper wings The Eltham Copper Butterfly (Paralucia pyrodiscus lucida) is an endangered species that occurs only in Victoria. It is only known in four areas in the state, one being Eltham, Montmorency and Greensborough. The small and pretty adult...

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Good news about waste – yes truly!

Good news about waste – yes truly!

Next year we will see major changes to how we handle waste and single-use plastics in Victoria. First, a Container Deposit Scheme (CDS) will be launched – allowing people to get 10c for returning drink cans, bottles and cartons to local deposit locations points. The...

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Herbs and spices for Christmas

Herbs and spices for Christmas

Whether you are a meat eater, a vegetarian or a vegan, herbs and spices can play an important role in creating tasty and healthy festive food. From stuffing to plum pudding, they add flavour and uniqueness to any dish. Herbs Let's focus firstly on herbs. Use them...

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An Urban Food Strategy in Practice

An Urban Food Strategy in Practice

Last month I discussed the Banyule Urban Food Strategy which is currently being developed by Banyule City Council, with Sustain - the Australian Food Network employed as the consultants. What might the Strategy look like in practice? It is essential that any strategy...

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Tracking your seeds

Tracking your seeds

Have you ever planted some seeds, or seedlings you've produced yourself, only to wonder later what the variety was or even what you've planted? Was it a pumpkin, zucchini, cucumber or squash, for example? Here are some tips to keep track of your plantings and to keep...

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Banyule Urban Food Strategy

Banyule Urban Food Strategy

Ensuring our food future I think most of us take access to healthy, nutritious food for granted. We might be surprised to know that this is not the case for significant numbers of families in Banyule. In my interview with Kate Farrelly of BANSIC (Banyule Support and...

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Ruby red rosella

Ruby red rosella

Rosella (Hybiscus sabdariffa), known as Roselle in countries other than Australia, is not an Australian native as many people think but from West Africa. It is a bush that produces ruby red calyxes that make delicious jam or cordial, leaves that are used in tea making...

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Queensland Fruit Fly: a new angle on waste

Queensland Fruit Fly: a new angle on waste

Many people in the gardening fraternity get very upset about wasting water. Often in an attempt to conserve, they will underwater their fruit and vegetables, resulting in undersized and poor quality produce. With the advent of Queensland Fruit Fly (QFF) damage, we...

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Wildflowers of Melbourne’s north-eastern suburbs

Wildflowers of Melbourne’s north-eastern suburbs

Spring is a glorious time both in the home garden and in the bush. Flowers and birds abound, butterflies and dragonflies emerge, and the sun (usually!) shines. The idiom ‘build it and they will come’ really does apply. By planting even a handful of indigenous plants,...

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