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All gardeners face the problem of watering their plants. Depending on the region you live and what is in your garden, you could be searching for water every day, or, you could just let nature do its thing with minimum effort. Generally in Australia, it’s a bit of both, and it pays to have a bit of planning for your irrigation needs for those stinking hot summer days.  So read on as we look at some of the most popular ways to water your plants, in order to choose the most appropriate for your garden.

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Gardening is a summertime activity, right? The most fitting weather, the best climate you could imagine. Seriously, growing veggies in summer is definitely a good choice.

Plus, by the time autumn rolls around, when the time for gathering the harvest comes, you could be looking at a pretty good haul!
Sound good? Then read on to find out more about which veggies you should choose and how we should grow them this summer.

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Mulching basics

As gardeners we’re always told to mulch our gardens, but why? Why should we invest so much time and money on mulch? What is the best type of mulch to use, and are all mulches created equal?

Read on as we answer these questions, plus a bunch more as we cover the basics of mulching.
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Every kid has a cubby house or fort of some description growing up, and the ones who don’t go over to their friend’s place to use theirs. Cubbies are part of the culture of the Australian childhood, and for good reason. They’re great for development – physical and mental; they’re a source of constant entertainment and most importantly they’re just great fun. Kids can often be relied upon to create their own fun, but a life in the suburbs with endless electronic distraction can make it a bit difficult to get outside and create an awesome cubby house from scratch. Where would you get the wood? Is there even a hammer in the garage? Probably not.

The good news is that just because the modern world has changed a bit, there’s no reason your kids have to do without the timeless fun of a cubby house. Whether pre-built or a DIY kit, there are ways to get your hands on an awesome cubby house that the kids can put their own mark on.

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We’ve all heard about it, and some of us have seen it. The cliched lazy tradesman or council worker, ‘bludging’ their way through a days work, only to still come to you and ask for our hard earned money as payment at the end of the job. What a pain, right? These guys are getting paid to do work, but are instead sitting around on their backsides…it’s enough to make you angry enough to write a strongly worded letter!
But is it all true? Sometimes yes. It’s hard to argue with someone sleeping on the job, or sitting in a cafe for 2 hours. But I’m here as a real life tradie to dispel some of the fiction and stick up for those of us out there who are genuinely not trying to rip you off.

Hard to argue with someone sleeping on the job...(White Van Man / James MacDonald)

Hard to argue with someone sleeping on the job…(White Van Man / James MacDonald)

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Note from Clint. Dom is an old work mate of mine, and is one of the most knowledgeable people I’ve met when it comes to urban greening and bushland rehabilitation. He’s got more qualifications than you can poke a stick at, and has even been published in peer reviewed literature (which you can read here). So when he offered to write up a piece on urban greening around the home, I jumped at the chance to get his views. Read on as he shares a great little urban greening project he ran at his home in Melbourne. 

By Dominic Bowd.
Urban environments are characterised by hard surfaces – concrete, bitumen, steel and glass. Hard surfaces are often resource intensive to construct, increase surface run-off into creeks, rivers, and the ocean, and contribute to localised warming, known as the urban heat island effect. In recent years, many local councils have been investing in infrastructure designed to reduce hard surfaces. This includes green walls, green roofs, urban tree planting, community gardens and natural drainage systems aka bioswales. Whilst council initiatives are clearly integral to reducing hard surfaces in urban areas, home owners can also do their bit, just like my ‘at home bioswale project’.

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Note from Clint; We’ve got plenty of tips and tricks for how to grow your own at home, but for now our friends at Sunshower Online want to share some of their own go to’s for your home garden with some recycling tips and snazzy videos as well…check it out below!

Sometimes, do you look at your grocery bill at the end of each week and think about how you could save more money? You aren’t alone. The average Australian household will spend between $100-200 a week on food shopping alone. The worst thing is if you want to eat healthier, it will cost you a lot more. There are ways you can save on your food bill each week by growing your own fruit and vegetable garden. The bigger your backyard, the more you can grow and save. You might even produce an excess amount that you can give away or sell to others in your neighbourhood. Irrigation suppliers Sunshower Online recommend the following fruits and vegetables that you can grow effortlessly in your home.

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