Australia’s number one monthly gardening resource, ABC Gardening Australia magazine is packed with step-by-step advice and stunning design ideas from its popular team of experts. Whether you are a novice gardener or have a green thumb and years of experience, you’ll find the advice you need.
PLANTS • This month’s pick of the bunch for garden lovers nationwide
WINTER wonders • There’s a profusion of colourful Aussie plants ready to steal your heart when your exotics knock off for the winter, says AB BISHOP
Six of the best for WINTER COLOUR
Light & lacy • Silver birch trees love a cool climate... which is tough if you live somewhere warm. Instead, try the pretty tropical birch, says JUDY HORTON
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all heart • Featuring heart-shaped leaves and pretty flowers, bergenias have much to offer, writes JENNIFER STACKHOUSE
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bowled over by BROMELIADS • Plant collector STEVE FALCIONI pays tribute to his favourite group of plants, the bromeliads
introducing BROMELIADS • Here are some popular and lesser known genera to add colour and drama to your outdoor space.
Steve's TOP 5
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TIE BROMELIADS IN TREES
on the BRIGHT SIDE • A passion for finding and growing sun-hardy bromeliads led this nurseryman to create a dream garden that’s bursting with colour, writes STEVE FALCIONI
TIPS FOR A SUN-HARDY BROMELIAD GARDEN
Marcelle’s MENAGERIE • Chooks, bees and an array of farmyard animals all play a part in this family’s efforts to live off the land in a sustainable way. It’s not quite ‘Old MacDonald’s Farm’, but you could be forgiven for humming a few bars...
25 ways to improve your garden • As gardens grow, mature and change, they sometimes lose their way. Get yours back on track by adopting some of these inspiring ideas today, says JENNIFER STACKHOUSE
COLD CUTS • Apple trees, roses, grapevines and hydrangeas are some of the many plants that relish a winter prune. Grab your tools and let’s get started…
Should I prune my fruit trees?
how to PRUNE ROSES
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up in the air • Give your tillandsias the air flow they need, and hang them in cute little mesh cages like this one, says PHIL DUDMAN
playing CATCH • Small but deadly, these native plants have evolved to become efficient predators, waiting patiently for their nutrient-rich prey, which they trap in clever ways, writes TIM ENTWISLE
prime pickings • Chooks love kitchen scraps, and the right mix of foods will do wonders for your girls. JACKIE FRENCH shares which scraps are good, bad or ‘never’
meet the grower WENDY CHEW LEE • With a mixture of hard work, ingenuity and permaculture techniques, this passionate urban farmer has created an oasis of plenty on her rooftop terrace, writes SALLY FELDMAN
WENDY’S TOP TIPS FOR BALCONY FARMERS
HARVEST TIGHT CARROTS
PLANT IT NOW • Asian greens are easy to grow, and provide a continuous supply of goodness when repeat planted, writes PHIL DUDMAN
I get a KICK out of you • Some herbs thrive in the cooler weather, so grab your empty pots and containers, and plant up a few flavours, writes TAMMY HUYNH
WHEN THE GROWING SEASON FINISHES
what I’ve learnt about... TIME • Here’s how to keep your patch in peak production, even when you’re busy, writes JOSH BYRNE
why can’t I grow BIG BEETROOT? • Planting time, spacing and nutrition can all affect the size of your beets, writes PHIL DUDMAN
JUNE a month in the GARDEN • 50 seasonal jobs to do in your action planner
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