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A little while ago I got the chance to sit down and have a chat with Stephen Clark who is the Product Manager for GARDENA Australia.

Here at Aussie Green Thumb we have long been fans of the GARDENA product range, having previously reviewed the smart flow water meter which helps you track how much water you are using in your garden (hint: it’s great).

GARDENA is a well established brand originating in Germany with a reputation for high quality, durable products that will stand the test of time. I was excited to be able to gain a bit of an insight into the GARDENA research and production process and Stephen was really forthcoming with tips and ideas for working smarter in the garden.

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Looking to grow some veggies in your garden? You don’t need years of experience (or any experience for that matter!) to put fresh, homegrown food on the table. Here are some of the easiest vegetables to grow in your backyard:

Leafy Greens


Growing lettuce and other leafy greens is as simple as it gets. The seeds are uncomplicated little survivors – they can even make it through a light frost. They don’t need a ton of sun, either. [click to continue…]


Aussie Green Thumb’s Most Popular Posts

Below I’ve compiled the most popular and most engaged-with articles on Aussie Green Thumb.

After 5+ years of running this website, I’ve published over 300 articles read by over 360,000 people. (That number is still incredible to me.)

Whether you’re just joining me or have been following along for a while, if you like what I’m doing and want more of my thoughts on how to improve your gardening, you should sign up for my regular emails. Once a week, short and meaty, filled with practical, achievable tips and advice. You can signup here.

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Once you’ve begun to turn your brown thumb green, you’ll want to spend as much time outside as possible admiring the fruits of your labor (literally). When the weather is warm, grilling out can be a great way to enjoy the outdoors. But you can make your backyard even more enjoyable – and an ever better place to cook – by adding an outdoor kitchen space. Here are ten tips to get you started. [click to continue…]


Review of the Jackpot City Birdhouse for the Home

If you’re looking for the perfect gift, consider a birdhouse. When you place a birdhouse at your home, you’re doing your part of help propagate the bird population in your area, especially if dwelling in an urban area. Habitat for birds is in in decline due to urbanisation. With fewer trees, birds are slowly seeing their populations drop. By having a birdhouse, you are providing local birds with a place to nest and raise their young as well as provide refugee from inclement weather.

Some birdhouses use a particular theme in their design. By selecting a unique birdhouse you can add interest to your home. A possible choice is the JackpotCity Birdhouse. Designed to look like a casino, this is a charming and whimsical home for any bird. Its overall design is much like a roadhouse embellished with icons from casino gambling. A pair of coloured dice rest atop the entrance to the special VIP lounge that will make any bird feel special as they enter through the unfurled red carpet. Other casino images are included in the detailed design of the exterior. Playing cards are also included which are four aces. A cashier’s window is included on the top floor which also serves as a lookout for birds nesting in the top level. A little table built out front is favourite place for birds to perch as they look out over your yard.

If you live in an area with harsh weather conditions, this Jackpot City Birdhouse will be quite resilient. Made primarily of painted wood, the birdhouse also has parts that are made of durable resin. With this charming casino birdhouse in your yard, you might just want to test your luck with one of the casino games found at Jackpot City. The memorabilia embellishing the exterior is a clue as to some of the casino found here including poker, roulette, craps and more.


Hints & Tips for Springtime Garden Maintenance

Spring is the time to kick your garden back into gear.

Note from Jim: Garry Dickie from Dickies Tree Services got in touch with me this week to share a few tips for Spring garden maintenance. If you aren’t already out in the garden, pay attention to the tips in this article and put some time aside to get started tidying up your garden this weekend.

Spring is the perfect time to get started on your garden pruning and maintenance. In winter we often don’t find the time or the inclination to get outside and keep your garden neat and tidy. So now that the weather is slowly warming up and signs of new life are appearing, here are our top tips for springtime garden maintenance. [click to continue…]

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From a small patio to a tree-surrounded yard, your backyard is more than just space behind your house — it’s an extension of your home. While your front yard is what everyone sees, your backyard is all yours. It’s easy to spruce up your yard to make it more welcoming for you and your family.

Add Foliage


One of the simplest ways to add color and life to your backyard is to add more plants and trees. Flowers provide lots of colors — and they can be used to decorate the inside of your house as well! Butterfly bushes come in many colors and are good during the summer months, while daffodils bloom at the beginning of springtime and are the first signs of color. [click to continue…]