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.
STAY IN TOUCH
PLANTS • A selection of new releases for garden lovers nationwide
let it snow • Planted in a row to line a driveway or allowed to shine as a single specimen, snow pear is an attractive, versatile tree for smallish to large gardens, writes AB BISHOP
WHY DO DECIDUOUS LEAVES CHANGE COLOUR?
flowers FOR THE patch • Add colour and interest to your vegie garden with some winter and spring bloomers, writes JENNIFER STACKHOUSE
a nodding ACQUAINTANCE • Seek out these rare beauties for a welcome show of perfumed winter blooms, writes STEVE FALCIONI
PACKED to the rafters • This exuberantly eclectic suburban garden in the heart of western Sydney is living proof that nothing succeeds like excess
make a garden from scratch PART 1: ASSESS WHAT YOU HAVE & DARE TO DREAM • Shake off the paralysis of ‘where to start?’ and get cracking on your new or revamped garden. SOPHIE THOMSON steps you through the stages of planning, preparing and installing the plants and other bits and pieces that make up the garden space of your dreams
Aesthetics VS FUNCTIONALITY
your garden style
LET’S TALK about seeds • We love this time of year – getting out the seed packets, seeing what’s in date and what needs to be replaced… and promising ourselves, again, that we’ll get all those packets into some kind of order. Well, let’s do it! Following are tips for getting the best results from your vegie seeds; ideas for organising your collection; how to harvest sunflower seed; and a simple way to deploy self-seeding annuals in your quest for more flowers.
PUNNET OR DIRECT SOWING?
HOW TO create a POTAGER • A vegetable garden can be as beautiful to look at as the produce is to eat. MICHAEL McCOY unpacks all the elements of the classic potager, where geometry, repetition and patterns come together in an aesthetically pleasing whole
tips for CREATING A POTAGER
planting under TREES • Green up the space beneath a big tree with these solid understorey performers, writes STEVE FALCIONI
WHAT ABOUT LAWN?
WHAT ABOUT VEGIES?
all SYSTEMS go! • There are several ways to compost waste and boost the nutrient profile of your soil, writes HANNAH MOLONEY
MAKE COMFREY TEA
who do I garden for? • As it turns out, a lot of what we plant is really for the future – or for future generations, writes JACKIE FRENCH
IN THE PATCH
CURLY COMMUNITY GARDEN • A year 10 student’s research project was the impetus for this popular community garden on Sydney’s Northern Beaches, writes SALLY FELDMAN
PATCH GROW • For fresh mushrooms at home, a mushroom kit is the way to go, says PHIL DUDMAN
why won’t my CARROTS GERMINATE?
winter SALAD BOWL • Cooler conditions make it easier to grow heat-sensitive leafy greens in pots, and now is the time to get planting, writes MARCELLE NANKERVIS
what I've learnt about... MANDARINS • With the right climate and a steady hand with the fertiliser, life can be sweet for your tree, writes JACKIE FRENCH
NUTS & BOLTS
glorious GARLIC • This easy-to-grow crop is primed for planting, says COSTA GEORGIADIS
APRIL a month in the GARDEN • More than 50 jobs to do in your action planner
AUTUMN COLOUR in small spaces
It's time to...
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