Australia has some of the most amazing and unique native plants of anywhere in the world. Our natural assests set us apart from the pack, and the plants available to us are some of the toughest and easiest to grow. Need a stunning looking plant that won’t mind if you forget to water it, or one that doesn’t need any TLC like fertilising and prunning? Well then keep on reading, because there is most definitely an Australian native that will tick all your boxes! Here is a super simple guide to using Australian natives in your home garden. [click to continue…]
As you look out onto your garden, you probably see a lot of green. However, the garden you grow might not actually be green. Earth-conscious gardeners employ many tactics to ensure that their flowers, shrubbery, fruits, and vegetables are grown in an environmentally-friendly way. Adopt one, two, or all ten and reap the benefits of a garden that’s both beautiful and sustainable.
Ditch the Chemicals
It probably goes without saying, but a green garden grows without the aid of chemicals and pesticides. Your plants can be well-fed without the use of unnatural fertilizers (more on that later), and you can steer clear of pests without the use of pesticides (more on that later, too). This is especially vital if you’re growing produce in your garden. [click to continue…]
Having a bit of difficulty growing plants? Is your outdoor water bill becoming unsustainable? If questions like these apply to you then consider these six gardening gadgets showcased at CES 2015 (a major worldwide electronics expo).
In recent years, the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, which is better known for large product announcements from brands like Samsung, has been showcasing more and more gadgets that are directly applicable to gardeners. In this year’s show, we came across six gardening gadgets that are likely to have a big future in the gardening community. Check out the infographic below, or read on to find out more about what each gadget does. [click to continue…]
When the weather’s fine there’s no better place to spend the afternoon or evening than in the garden with friends, family and some freshly-barbecued food. The weather might look bleak right now but spring will come around in no time.
Get ready to enjoy the pleasures of alfresco cooking by filling up that empty patio space with some furniture and an inexpensive barbecue.
Choose your dining furniture
There’s a wide range of outdoor furniture available covering a variety of styles to suit both your taste and budget. Some comfortable but waterproofed seating is best and wicker armchairs with padded seats are a traditional option. Metal chairs, including cast aluminium, are robust and lightweight enough to be moved around, plus virtually no maintenance is needed. Most garden furniture sets will come with a matching table and it’s a good idea to include a large parasol with a tilt function to ensure enough shade is provide when sitting outdoors .
Charcoal and gas barbecues
The choice of fuel required to cook with is largely a matter of personal taste although many experts claim that grilling on charcoal yields the best results. Charcoal bbqs provide high temperatures, as much as 300°C, and will therefore cook meat fairly quickly; some practice will be needed for first timers. If you’re also looking for that smoked flavour when cooking meat or pork then charcoal is the right option. Gas versions are easy to clean, have better temperature control and can also heat far quicker than charcoal.
Additional points to remember
Always check out how much free space you have on the patio or garden before heading out to buy furniture and barbecue equipment. There are plenty of differently-sized bbqs including the space-saving kettle designs and the larger portable wagons, permanent brick or half-barrel versions. Also think of investing in some additional items such as lighting; this can include dual heater/lamps for attaching to a parasol interior or brass table top lanterns. Some hanging plants for the patio area make a nice touch or even a free standing water feature if you really want to splash out.
There’s no need spend a huge amount of money to create an outdoors seating area and most of the equipment is generally inexpensive. High quality products are usually the cost-effective option as minimal maintenance will be required throughout the year and the items will provide long-term use.
Image by LorE Denizen, used under the Creative Commons license.
Summer in Australia is in full swing, and it is the perfect time of the year to redesign the garden. Just as eco-friendly home design, buying and eating local foods and green cleaning are hot right now, so is smart and simple, eco-friendly garden design. Having the perfect yard doesn’t have to be a chore: Design a garden that works with your environment and requires minimal care, and you will have it all.
Remember that no matter how you choose to design your garden, the best gardens are always well maintained, from mowing the lawn to trimming the trees and bushes to watering the plants. [click to continue…]
Landscaping your garden can be a great way to improve your outdoor space and add value to your home. If you’re not careful though, all the little things you want to do can pile up, and the cost of doing so can get away from you very quickly. Materials, plants, and tradesmen can turn that little weekend project into a massive hit to the wallet. But it doesn’t have to be this way! Here are some tips to help you landscape your backyard on a budget. [click to continue…]
With the advent of YouTube and other video sharing sites, many people are more confident in turning to ‘How To’ videos online and carrying out fixes and jobs around the home themselves. However there are some instances where a professional is simply the best person for the job – one of those is tree removal and tree lopping. [click to continue…]