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.
ON THE SHELF PLANTS • A selection of beauties to add pops of colour to your garden
ON THE SHELF BOOKS
plants that work super hard • Some plants really bust their chops producing flowers, food or other delights through multiple seasons, writes HELEN YOUNG
SUPER SIZE me! • All grevilleas are gorgeous, but some offer huge blooms that are like a beacon for wildlife, writes AB BISHOP
all time GREATS • Add these beauties to bring the wow factor and the birds!
12 fail-safe FERNS • Too hot, too cold, too wet, too something... Ferns have a reputation for being fussy, but this lot should bring you more joy than jitters, writes DERYN THORPE
SUITABLE CLIMATE ZONES
tips for FABULOUS FERNS
DIVIDE A FERN • It’s easy to multiply your stash of ferns.
DIVIDE AND MOUNT AN ELKHORN FERN
ELKHORN or STAGHORN?
on with the SHOW • After a forced hiatus, the biggest flower show in the Southern Hemisphere was on again this year, with heaps of ideas to try at home
POOLS & PONDS • Whether it’s providing habitat for your backyard visitors, or a cooling sanctuary for yourself, water is a wonderful addition to the garden
special series make a garden from scratch PART 3: PLAN & PRIORITISE THE HARDSCAPING • It’s time to lay paths, build decks and set up compost bays, but if this expensive, labour-intensive stage has put your garden on hold, SOPHIE THOMSON has some good tips to keep the project moving
the runaways • Garden plants have a long history of jumping the fence and becoming weeds. JENNIFER STACKHOUSE examines why this is happening, which popular plants are going wild, and how to manage them
MANAGE YOUR PLANTS
WHAT TYPE OF WEED IS IT?
chooks BEHAVING BADLY • They bring so much joy, but chooks also have a mind of their own and won’t always play by your rules. These chook whisperers share tales of big personalities, Houdini escapes and vegie demolition… and what they’ve learnt about wrangling and caring for their feathered flock
LUNAR legends • Lots of gardeners swear by moon planting, but does the science back it up? Maybe not, but TIM ENTWISLE delves into what we can say about the effects of the moon on plant growth
happy accidents • When a rootstock overwhelms the gorgeous rose or fruit variety that was grafted onto it, it’s not always a dead loss, writes JACKIE FRENCH
IN THE PATCH
meet the grower PAMMY GRAY • Watching her own children connect with nature in the garden led this teacher and yoga instructor to extend the experience to others, writes SALLY FELDMAN
PLANT IT NOW • Broccoli can keep producing well into spring, writes PHIL DUDMAN
why are my PAWPAWS ROTTING?
HELP please! • Winter in the patch has its challenges and opportunities. PHIL DUDMAN responds to common seasonal concerns
what I’ve learnt about... GROWING FOOD in SANDY SOIL • With plenty of improvement, sandy soil can be made just right for growing produce in the patch, writes JOSH BYRNE
keep your FRUIT TREE COMPACT • When a tree grows tall, it’s difficult to harvest the fruit or protect it from pests and other problems. PHIL DUDMAN shows how you can manage the height of a canopy
JUNE a month in the GARDEN • More than 50 jobs to do in your action planner
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