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 • Order these new release roses for bare-root winter planting
Roses A to Z • Are you baffled by rose talk? This glossary of terms from JENNIFER STACKHOUSE includes classifications, breeders, historic high points and notable cultivars
true blue • Locally bred roses have much to offer Aussie rose lovers, writes STEVE FALCIONI
NATIONAL ROSE TRIALS
CREATE YOUR OWN HYBRID ROSE • Fancy the idea of combining the best traits from your favourite roses to develop something unique? STEVE FALCIONI explains how.
high drama • Green, burgundy or variegated, a glossy rubber plant adds style and grandeur to any room, writes TAMMY HUYNH
CONFINE THEM TO A POT
tea TIME! • For a great looking hedge, lovely white blooms and a delicious home-grown cuppa, why not try growing your own tea plants, says TINO CARNEVALE
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a peaceful nook • While much of it is only two years old, this flourishing garden in Tasmania’s north-west is already wowing visitors with its abundant flowers and produce
make a garden from scratch PART 2: MAKE A PLAN & IMPROVE YOUR SOIL • It’s time to get your hands dirty. In the next part of this new series,
one good TURN • Beautiful and whimsical, a spiral topiary makes an outstanding garden feature. They’re expensive to buy readymade, but you can create one yourself following these instructions from BRENTON ROBERTS
CHOOSING A SPIRAL SPECIMEN
MAINTAINING A SPIRAL TOPIARY • Regular maintenance and care are crucial to creating impressive topiaries like the ones Brenton has developed in his garden. Here are some of his top tips:
beas please! • From sea voyages with Vikings to dinner with kings, the tough dried ‘pease’ of the past has transformed into the juicy green seed we love today, writes JACKIE FRENCH
PEAS 3 ways
here’s looking at you, kid! • Get up close and personal with the animals that play a crucial role in HANNAH MOLONEY’s garden, providing food products, soil conditioning and companionship
IN THE PATCH
meet the growers BARWON HEADS PRIMARY SCHOOL • The concept of ‘if we build it, they will come’ has proved to be correct at this thriving school garden on Victoria’s Bellarine Peninsula, writes SALLY FELDMAN
WASTE WARRIOR WEDNESDAY
PLANT IT NOW • Broad beans are one of the quintessential cool season crops, writes PHIL DUDMAN
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all grown up • There are heaps of ways to get your herbs up off the ground, writes WENDY CHEW LEE
MAKE A SLEEPER BED • With a few timber sleepers, you can construct a simple vegie bed, quickly and with ease. MELISSA NATHAN demonstrates how to get the job done.
MAY a month in the GARDEN • 50 seasonal jobs to do in your action planner
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