Community Announcement (Australia) – Hort People Green Industry Job Board

Announcing the Hort People website, an Australian green industry job board where employers can advertise jobs and job seekers can find work at https://hortpeople.com NOW HIRING! HORTICULTURISTS, GARDENERS, LANDSCAPERS, TEAM LEADERS, STUDENTS & BEGINNERS. Hort People is run by Daniel Fuller, the host of the amazing and top-rating Plants Grow Here podcast, which is worthContinue reading “Community Announcement (Australia) – Hort People Green Industry Job Board”

Online Workshop 03 Dec 2022 – Grow Your Own Food, Organic Vegetable Gardening for Beginners

When: Saturday, 3 December 2022 11:00 – 1:30 PM AEST Learn how to grow tasty and nutritious vegetables all year round, without harmful chemicals, in whatever space you have! In this comprehensive, yet easy-to-follow organic gardening workshop for beginners, you’ll learn everything you need to know to confidently grow your own vegies at home. NoContinue reading “Online Workshop 03 Dec 2022 – Grow Your Own Food, Organic Vegetable Gardening for Beginners”

Gardening Calendar (Australian Temperate Climate) – December

December is the first month of summer, and with the warmer weather gardens explode into life – lush, abundant and awesome to behold. With the days getting longer as we progress towards the longest day of the year, the summer solstice, there’s more time to enjoy the garden and the great outdoors! During this time,Continue reading “Gardening Calendar (Australian Temperate Climate) – December”

Free Spring Summer Planting Workshop – Sun 27 November 2022, Melbourne, Australia

I’ll be presenting a free Spring/Summer Planting Workshop on Sunday 27th November as part of the Brunswick Multicultural Festival, presented by the Brunswick Neighbourhood House! Event details are listed below: An event celebrating the diverse cultures of Brunswick with food, song and dance from all around the world. Activities and entertainment for all the family.Continue reading “Free Spring Summer Planting Workshop – Sun 27 November 2022, Melbourne, Australia”

How to Stop Plant Pots Blowing Over in The Wind

If you grow plants and trees in pots, some will eventually grow large enough to become rather top-heavy. considering that most potting mixes are fairly light, they need to be for proper aeration and drainage, they may not provide sufficient weight to prevent tall or heavy container-grown plants and trees from blowing over in strongContinue reading “How to Stop Plant Pots Blowing Over in The Wind”

Are Paper Wasps Beneficial in the Garden?

Paper wasps are beneficial insects that are a natural part of the native ecosystem and play an important role in pollination and pest population control. Paper Wasp Identification There are many species of paper wasps worldwide, so they do vary in appearance, but the distinctive grey papery inverted-cone nest that they all build and inhabitContinue reading “Are Paper Wasps Beneficial in the Garden?”

What Are Crane Flies and Are They Harmful?

Crane flies (Family Tipulidae) look like giant mosquitoes, being up to 3cm (1-1/4″) in length, with a long slender abdomen, very long thin legs, narrow wings, and long antennas with multiple segments per stalk. They can be brown, green or white in colour. They’re sometimes called ‘Daddy long-legs’, a name more commonly used to refer toContinue reading “What Are Crane Flies and Are They Harmful?”

The Best Ways to Fill Space in Tall Plant Pots That Are Too Deep

Tall plant pots can look quite elegant indoors or out in the garden, their shapes serving as visually appealing aesthetic design elements. One of the downsides though to using such deep pots is the large volume of growing medium (potting mix) that it takes to fill them! What are the problems with filling tall potsContinue reading “The Best Ways to Fill Space in Tall Plant Pots That Are Too Deep”

Gardening Calendar (Australian Temperate Climate) – November

It’s November, the last month of spring, the weather is moderate, deciduous trees are in leaf again, days are warm and there’s lots of green growth in the garden. The changeable and windy weather from October continues, but now there’s also the possibility of very sudden hot weather striking without warning so it’s important toContinue reading “Gardening Calendar (Australian Temperate Climate) – November”

Seven Good Reasons Why You Should Mulch Your Garden!

If we look at a healthy natural environment that hasn’t been damaged or subjected to human disturbance, we find that nature goes to some effort to protect the soil, which is not ‘dirt’, but a complex living ecosystem, known as the soil-food web. Layers of natural materials are laid down on the ground over time, creatingContinue reading “Seven Good Reasons Why You Should Mulch Your Garden!”

Are Dandelion Flowers, Seeds, Roots and Leaves Edible?

Dandelions (Taraxacum officinale) are perennial plants from the Asteraceae (daisy) family, that are native to Europe and Asia. They’re often described as ‘edible weeds’, which is a rather disparaging term, considering that the plant has been used for culinary and medicinal purposes for many centuries across many cultures! In traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) dandelion isContinue reading “Are Dandelion Flowers, Seeds, Roots and Leaves Edible?”

4 Ways to Take Better Care of Your Lawn and Gardening Equipment

This post is contributed and may contain affiliate links When it comes to keeping your lawn looking great, there are a few simple things you can do to make the process a little bit easier. From taking better care of your lawn mower to watering and feeding your lawn at the right times, follow theseContinue reading “4 Ways to Take Better Care of Your Lawn and Gardening Equipment”

Can Citrus Trees be Grown from Seed?

Citruses are flowering trees and shrubs from the rue (Rutaceae) family and are native to subtropical and tropical regions of South Asia, East Asia, Southeast Asia, Melanesia, and northeastern Australia. Plants in the genus Citrus provide a wide assortment of fruit types, including important crops such as oranges, mandarins, lemons, lime, grapefruit, pummelo, kumquats, andContinue reading “Can Citrus Trees be Grown from Seed?”

Gardening Calendar (Australian Temperate Climate) – October

October is the mid-spring period, flowers bloom in abundance, the warmer weather with rain bringing ideal conditions for lush plant growth. The cold weather hasn’t quite finished yet, cold nights and even frosts can still be expected, along with strong winds, so it’s important to protect tender plants and seedlings. Things to Do This Month:Continue reading “Gardening Calendar (Australian Temperate Climate) – October”

The Best Ways to Trap Rats and Mice That Really Work

Non-native, feral rodents, such as the Black Rat, aka Roof Rat (Rattus rattus), Brown Rat, aka Ship Rat or Norway Rat (Rattus norvegicus) and House Mouse (Mus musculus) are destructive pests that can cause considerable damage to a home and garden if they’re not controlled. Inside the home they may spoil and contaminate food, physicallyContinue reading “The Best Ways to Trap Rats and Mice That Really Work”

How To Tell If You Have Rats and Mice in Your Home or Garden

How do you know if you have rats or mice, or some other pest problem? Correct pest identification is important for deciding on an appropriate course of action. Visual identification is not easy because rats and mice are nocturnal, meaning they are most active at night. Checking for them after dark with the aid ofContinue reading “How To Tell If You Have Rats and Mice in Your Home or Garden”

10 Ways You Can Use Your Garden to Make Some Extra Money

This post is contributed and may contain affiliate links If you have a green thumb and love spending time outdoors, why not put your skills to good use and earn some extra money? With a little effort, you can turn your garden into a veritable money-making machine. Here are ten ways you can use yourContinue reading “10 Ways You Can Use Your Garden to Make Some Extra Money”

Gardening Calendar (Australian Temperate Climate) – September

It’s September, the beginning of spring, the time of new life and renewal! The weather is starting to warm up, but there are still cold days, rainy weather and winds to contend with. Early spring is the best time to mulch garden beds, as the soil is still moist and is slowly warming up. ThisContinue reading “Gardening Calendar (Australian Temperate Climate) – September”

Will Queensland Fruit Fly Traps Attract More Pests Into My Garden?

Despite the unfounded concerns of some gardeners, setting up Queensland fruit fly traps will not attract more of the harmful female pests into your garden. These traps do work effectively to reduce the numbers of the pest already there, and are best installed at the start of spring (September), before fruit and vegetables develop. TheseContinue reading “Will Queensland Fruit Fly Traps Attract More Pests Into My Garden?”

How to Clean Tree Sap From Pruning Tools

After using pruning tools, such as secateurs, loppers, hedge hedge and pruning saws, it’s important to clean them to prevent rusting, and to avoid spreading diseases from tree to tree. It’s a good idea to sterilise pruning tools after use, especially before using them on another tree or plant. This is done spraying them withContinue reading “How to Clean Tree Sap From Pruning Tools”