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Seed Saving – How Long Can You Keep Seeds?

  The practice of saving seeds is as old as agriculture itself, and dates back to over 10,000 years ago. Early human civilizations harvested seeds and selectively bred crop plants to create domesticated varieties which displayed specific desirable traits. Saving … Continue reading

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Gardening Calendar (Australian Temperate Climate) – May

May is the last month of autumn, when the weather starts cooling down. This is a time for pruning, taking cuttings for propagation, divide perennials, and t put in new trees, shrubs and vines. The soil is also still warm … Continue reading

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Raised Garden Beds – What Size is Best?

What is the optimum size of a garden bed? What is the most efficient width and length in terms of human ergonomics? What is the perfect balance between cost of materials, gardening space and usability? These are important questions in … Continue reading

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Product Review – F.D. Ryan Aussie Ho-Mi Asian Style Hand Cultivator

Looking at how other cultures garden can really expand a gardener’s horizons, and discovering garden tools that have evolved over thousands of years can make work in the garden so much easier! I had the pleasure to test the F.D. … Continue reading

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Why Citrus Fruit Drops and Flowers Fail to Develop

  Is your citrus tree dropping its fruit before they reach full size, or even worse, dropping the flowers before fruit even begin to form? Trees photosynthesise to produce carbohydrates such as sugars which they store as their energy source. … Continue reading

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For Melbourne Australia readers – Monash Climate Change Survey

The Monash Climate Change Communication Research Hub are running a column under Leader Local Newspapers, featuring local climate stories from everyone across Melbourne to help improve how we understand climate change. Changing Climates will be the first dedicated climate column … Continue reading

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Identifying and Growing Edible Aloe Vera

Aloe vera is a hardy succulent semi-tropical plant which is native to North Africa and the SW Arabian Peninsula, but at the present time can almost be found worldwide. It’s a very tough plant which will grow in poor soil … Continue reading

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