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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.

Attract Wildlife


While this suggestion may not be for those of the most serious vegetable gardeners among us, the casual gardener will certainly enjoy the addition of some furred and feathered visitors to an outdoor living space. Just be sure that you aren’t attracting any wildlife that might be dangerous to you or your family.

Consider starting by incorporating birdhouses and feeders to create your own aviary. Birdbaths are, of course, the quintessential yard decoration — they serve as a great decorative accent to your yard and also attract birds of all kinds.

Gather Around the Fire


There’s nothing quite like being with a group of friends and gathering around a fire while enjoying a cool night outside. There are many options for buying a fire pit, but often the fire pits that you create yourself are nicer-looking — and they tend to last longer. Just be sure to follow any specific fire codes in your area if you decide to set up a fire pit in your backyard.

Redecorate Your Furniture

A good patio set should be able to last for years, so it’s not always necessary to replace it. However, it can be tedious having the same cushions year after year. Having two or three sets of various colors can help accommodate for each season — soft pastels for spring, bright colors for summer and warm colors for autumn. If you can’t justify buying numerous cushions, you can always sew your own covers to suit your mood.

Add Wall Decorations

Why shouldn’t you be able to focus on the outside wall of your house? You have plenty of options for wall decorations. Signs can be a fun way to decorate, or you can buy giant letters at a craft store and paint them to go along with your color scheme to spell out a saying or your last name. The thrift store often has many interesting items that can be displayed — your options are only limited by your imagination.

Make a Small Pond


You don’t have to have acres of land to be able to have a fish pond. If you only want a couple of fish, a small pond can fit in almost any backyard. Make sure you do your research first if you plan to do it yourself. Koi are a good choice for ponds because their size is relative to size of the pond they are in — if they’re in a small pond, they will stay small, whereas they will grow bigger in larger ponds. Just make sure you don’t have any pets that like to go fishing.

Add Tabletop Accents

Even the little details can make a world of difference. Something as simple as a tablecloth can transform your patio. You can also get small potted plants to decorate your table or little knick-knacks that add a little personality to your backyard. Candles can be great, especially if you’re outside in the evening, as they serve as a good light source without being too overpowering.

Provide Outdoor Games

While it can be fun to just sit and chat outside, having other options can make your backyard less of a lounge and more of a backyard. Horseshoe Pits can take up a fair amount of space, but it’s worth it for anyone who enjoys the game. Other less permanent options that many people enjoy playing include croquet, bocce ball and badminton.

Make a Walkway


A stone walkway can create a good flow for your backyard while still being relatively easy to install. Plot out how you want the path to go before digging up your yard. Make sure you look into the right kind of stones for your climate — people in hotter areas can go for softer, more porous stones while people colder climate should stick with harder, denser stones for their building materials.

Enjoy Your Outdoor Living Space

Transforming your backyard from an area behind your house to another part of your home can be achieved in a few pretty easy steps. You should be able to enjoy all aspects of your home — including your backyard.


History of the ‘flower’

History of the flower

Note from Jim: Something a little bit different today from the team at Fresh Flowers in Brisbane, who have sent through this brief history of the role that flowers have played over the ages. I hope you enjoy it, let me know your thoughts in the comments section below. 

People all over the world adorn their houses with beautiful flowers, whilst others send them to their friends or lovers as gifts. But, have you ever stopped to think about the history of the flower? When was the first ever flower discovered? It’s something most people do not tend to give much consideration to. As we are so used to flowers, we can take them for granted, simply assuming that they have been around forever. Yet, this is of course not the case.

The first evidence of flowers can be dated back to over 100 million years ago!  This evidence has been discovered through flower fossils, and thus whilst we cannot pinpoint an exact date for their birth, we can state that they go back to prehistoric period. The first plant fossils found date back to approximately 93 million years ago. These were wood magnolia-like plants. [click to continue…]

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Aussie Green Thumb featured in the Waterline News

Hi everyone,

Just a quick update to let you know about an exciting new partnership that Aussie Green Thumb has struck up with a local community newsletter published monthly in Grantville and surrounding areas.

The Waterline News features a range of local articles around news, businesses and events as well as regular features on lifestyle, gardening, self sufficiency, book reviews and more.

Aussie Green Thumb will be working with the editor of the Waterline News to add a monthly gardening feature to the newsletter, with beginners tips on maintaining a garden, growing vegetables, caring for native plants and enjoying an outdoor lifestyle.

This month, there is an article on “Top Tips for Growing LusciousTomatoes”.

You can check it out by visiting the Waterline News website, and downloading the latest newsletter (PDF)

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Beginner’s Guide to Outdoor Water Features

Backyard water feature

There are gardens, and then there are gardens with water features. The simplest of water features can transform your outdoor space into a tranquil getaway — even if you just need to get away from the hullabaloo happening inside of your home. The sounds of babbling water or the light dancing off the surface work wonders when it comes to clearing your mind.

There’s no “right answer” when it comes to water features, either; all you have to do is choose the water feature that best suits your style and your garden. Below are four examples of simple installments that will drastically change the look and, most importantly, the feel of your outdoor space. [click to continue…]


Sustainable Gardening Tips 

Tips for sustainable greening

Note from Jim: Claudia from Rain Water Tanks Direct has sent kindly provided this fantastic article full of sustainable gardening tips to share with the Aussie Green Thumb audience. After reading through this as well as a recent trip to Africa you might see more articles around sustainable and permaculture gardening in the next few months, so keep an eye out. But for now, take it away Claudia! 

Many gardeners have sustainability in mind. Growing the food you eat, after all, is a big step to living a sustainable way of life. Compared to non-organic methods, organic methods are definitely more sustainable, not only for human health, but also for wildlife, the water, and the soil. Sustainable gardening, however, goes beyond the use of organic techniques. From energy and water conservation to the reduction of waste, there are so many ways to make our gardening practices more sustainable.

There are so many sustainable gardening tips you can follow, and below are just a few of them. [click to continue…]


Expert Tips: Keeping Your Trees Healthy

Note from Jim: some good advice this week on general maintenance for a healthy garden.

If you like the idea of a lush green garden, full of natural wildlife, but do not have the time or the patience to carefully cultivate delicate flowers, then a garden full of trees is a great, low maintenance approach. The relative size of these beasts of a plant mean that once they have established, a tree will, essentially, look after itself.

However, a garden still needs some maintenance, otherwise it just looks messy and some tree care may be needed periodically.

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Note from Jim: This week we are featuring another local Australian company, Secure-A-Fence based in Perth, who are sharing details on safety requirements and other important considerations when installing a pool on your property.  If you have any further questions, leave a comment below and the team at Secure A Fence will get back to you, or contact them directly.

Pool fencing is subject to strict requirements and safety standards around Australia. When building a pool, adhering to the pool fence safety regulations in your state is critical to avoid tragic accidents as well as hefty fines for non-compliance.

Like all Australian states, Western Australia enforces rigorous pool fencing regulations. Secure-A-Fence manufactures a range of tubular pool fencing options that not only meet WA safety standards but exceeds them, ensuring your pool fence is as safe as possible. As a locally owned Perth fencing company, Secure-A-Fence can guide you through everything you need to know about pool fence safety.

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