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.
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PLANTS • A selection of tried and tested toughies to enliven your garden
A BEGINNER'S GUIDE TO Bonsai • Curious to give this ancient art a go? JUDY HORTON speaks to three enthusiasts to find out what you need to get started, and tips for success
Bonsai BASICS • LEIGH TAAFE ANSWERS SOME COMMONLY ASKED QUESTIONS
STEP-BY-STEP RE-POT A BONSAI • Re-potting is an essential part of bonsaiing. Here’s how it’s done.
bells & spires • Mix these delightful cottage favourites into your flower beds for some serious old-world charm, writes MICHAEL McCOY
AUSSIE ICON • The striking Queensland bottle tree and its cousin, the boab, make outstanding feature trees, writes ANGUS STEWART
home away from home • Artist Arthur Streeton planted this retreat for his homesick wife, and the love story continues today
it's the little things... • There are many ways we can help backyard visitors cope with the season’s challenges. AB BISHOP lays out your autumn action plan
share your FOOD
thinking inside THE BOX • Here’s a fun project that puts an old pallet to good use. RON KLEINDIEK shows how to make a cute little planter box to hang off a balcony rail or windowsill
FINDING GOOD PALLETS
what's in a NAME? • The scientific names for plants may look strange, but there’s method in the madness. TIM ENTWISLE unravels the rules to a universal language
SPEAKING THE LANGUAGE
daffs & dividends • A handful of bulbs gives you a better return on investment than anything a banker can offer, writes JACKIE FRENCH
which way up? • Plant your bulbs the right way up and to the right depth with this guide to late winter- and spring-flowering bulbs. Pop them into beds or pots in March, April and May
COMMUNITY spirit • What happens when permaculture ethics and principles are applied beyond your fence line? HANNAH MOLONEY explains how sharing the love, labour and produce can help change the world
HELP yourself • A new take on the ‘street library’ gives gardeners a place to share plants and advice, writes COSTA GEORGIADIS
IN THE PATCH
WATARRKA SCHOOL • With the nearest supermarket a day’s road trip away, this remote school has taken ‘grocery shopping’ into its own hands, with spectacular results for the whole community, writes SALLY FELDMAN
PATCH GROW • Florence fennel’s warm, anise flavour makes it the ideal herb for winter, says PHIL DUDMAN
why does my ZUCCHINI PLANT look sick?
what I’ve learnt about... MANGO • The key to good yields of lip-smacking fruit is to keep the tree small and manageable, writes PHIL DUDMAN
NUTS & BOLTS
PREPARE A BED FOR PLANTING • Prepping your patch for autumn planting needn’t be a hard slog. PHIL DUDMAN demonstrates the easy no-dig approach that is gentle on your soil and your back.
MARCH a Month in the GARDEN • 50 seasonal jobs to do in your action planner
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