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Garden tips: cats, weed mats, seaweed fertiliser, flowering trees

Garden tips: cats, weed mats, seaweed fertiliser, flowering trees | Gardening | Scoop.it

I love my cat and my garden but my cat digs and scratches, using the garden as a toilet. How can I stop the cat and save the garden? - Kalar Holland, Mount Tamborine, Queensland


Spraying citronella oil or vinegar solution or laying citrus peel in affected areas is said to deter cats. Motion-activated sprinklers are useful if water restrictions are not in force. Sections of chicken wire or flyscreen mesh, pegged on top of the soil, prevent cats from scratching the earth, which is part of their toilet routine. Supply a litter tray as an alternative.

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Why gardening is good for your mind as well as your body

Why gardening is good for your mind as well as your body | Gardening | Scoop.it
Gardening can tackle stress, low self-esteem and depression.


More than half the planet’s population now live in cities, with limited access to the natural world. For Europe and Latin America, the figure is more than 70%. Yet contact with nature has numerous benefits for both our physical and mental health.


Gardening is an opportunity for everyone to experience this kind of regular contact with nature, even if they live in built-up areas. For those without a garden of their own, allotments or community gardens are a highly valuable resource. Demand for allotments is increasing and in some locations waiting times have reached as much as 40 years.

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Open gardens, plant sales and more gardening related events

Open gardens, plant sales and more gardening related events | Gardening | Scoop.it

The public is being asked to contribute ideas for the development of Cranbourne's Royal Botanic Gardens over the next 10 years. Up until now most of the attention has been focused on the site's Australian Garden, which comprises just 15 hectares of the 363-hectare RBG Cranbourne, but now the idea is to look at the gardens more broadly.

Bonsai shaping and repotting demonstrations, bonsai displays and plant sales are all part of this weekend's Geelong Bonsai Show. It runs from 9am to 6pm today, and 9am to 4pm tomorrow, at the Geelong Masonic Centre, Regent Street, Belmont, $5. 


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Brian shares his gardening tips

Brian shares his gardening tips | Gardening | Scoop.it
GYMPIE’S Brian Herron knows a thing or too about successful vegetable gardening.


After listening to experts and being prepared to try different ideas, Brian is constantly learning what works and what doesn't.


The annual general meeting will be held on the same day with Mayor Mick Curran chairing the meeting, which will be held Brian Herron and Gladys Gear's garden.


Behind Brian and Gladys's residence there is a massive garden that covers an area of 15m x 56m with one half being flowers for Gladys, and the other half Brian's vegetables.


You may wonder why they thought that this was the perfect spot for their gardens?


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Terrific way to increase your home’s value and save money

Terrific way to increase your home’s value and save money | Gardening | Scoop.it

Brisbane City Council has employed Gardening Australia presenter Jerry Coleby-Williams to establish guidelines for kerbside gardening in the city.


Also known as “verge gardening”, the trend is to plant either edible gardens or ornamental gardens on the nature strip, which is typically owned by your council. Mr Coleby-Williams told Fairfax Media, “Homes with well-tended gardens sell for around 10 per cent more,” he said.“Several studies have shown that sought-after properties tend to be in streets lined with shade trees and nature strips. These strips of cultivation soften and brighten the streetscape.”


Homeowners who spend a few dollars on seedlings and potting mix also stand to save money, according to the gardening guru. “Nature strips and trees help reduce household air conditioning bills. The living surface provided by nature strips and shade provided by trees help cool streets.”

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Greek immigrants share gardening secret for Renmark Rose Festival

Greek immigrants share gardening secret for Renmark Rose Festival | Gardening | Scoop.it

Step inside one of the beautiful open gardens on show during the Renmark Rose Festival. Artemis and Harry Ppiros are Greek immigrants who kept their green thumbs busy after retiring from their Riverland fruit block.


Artemis Ppiros has a secret to making her roses bloom. "I sing to them," she says with a happy smile. The garden that her husband Harry planted for her when the Greek-born couple moved off their Renmark fruit block 17 years ago has become a highlight of the Renmark Rose Festival.


It is flush with the blooms of nearly 300 roses, showcasing 50 different varieties, as well as a display of potted orchids and succulents. The cottage garden is one of dozens of open gardens across the Riverland during the 10-day annual rose festival, which concludes on Sunday.


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5 ways indoor plants can change your life

5 ways indoor plants can change your life | Gardening | Scoop.it

SPRUCING up an indoor area is sometimes as simple as adding a plant or two. They will instantly add colour, life and interest to otherwise drab spaces. But they don’t just look great, indoor plants also have plenty of health benefits.


1. THEY CLEAN THE AIR

Countless studies have proven plants can help eliminate VOCs (volatile organic compounds), carbon dioxide, benzene and other gases from the air we breathe. Some of these chemicals have been linked to headaches, respiratory illnesses and nausea.



2. THEY CAN MAKE YOU HAPPIER

House plants can contribute to a feeling of well being, making you calmer and more optimistic. Studies have shown that patients who face a garden view in their hospital rooms often recover more quickly than those facing an empty wall.



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Get your garden growing with these top tips

Get your garden growing with these top tips | Gardening | Scoop.it

These self-cleaning plants are ideal for many situations such as groundcovers, hanging baskets and other containers.


They grow exceptionally well in our part of the world, producing their small, petunia-like flowers from early spring until early winter (longer if the winter is mild), with some ground hugging to a mere 10cm tall, while others mound up to about 20-25cm or so high.


Their colours range from white, through yellows, pinks, red, magenta, blue and violet, with both single and double forms. Their soil needs to be moist, well-drained and organically enriched, which should be kept reasonably moist, but don't over water, and pinch back regularly to ensure a compact plant.

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How To Store And Organise Your Gardening Tools So They're Ready For Action

How To Store And Organise Your Gardening Tools So They're Ready For Action | Gardening | Scoop.it

If you just throw your gardening tools outside against a fence, they won’t last more than a couple seasons. Here’s how to organize and care for your gardening tools, so they take care of you for years to come.


Gardening tools of all types should be stored in a cool, dry place. Moisture is the main cause of rust and rot on your tools, but the sun and heat can also cause handles to warp and crack.


Outdoor power equipment is also sensitive to the elements and should never be left exposed to the sun or rain. Plastic cables and rubber grommets can break down in the summer and exposed metal and sensitive engine parts can rust and make it difficult to start.


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Malcolm Campbell’s gardening tips for a healthy garden.

Malcolm Campbell’s gardening tips for a healthy garden. | Gardening | Scoop.it

This article will guide you on how to keep your exotic plants healthy. The Flora that is being discussed in this article is consisting off:


-The Chinese Lantern

-Viburnum virus

-Winter lemons

-Parsley

-Japanese sacred bamboo

-Feeding avocados


Next to that we wil also give you a tip to keep the Borers in gum trees away. Because you definitely don't want bugs in your garden.


Top4's insight:

Having exotic plants, trees or flowers in your garden, they might require special attention during winter. This article is focused on the special needy exotic flora.


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Planning on getting a fairy garden? This is what you need.

Planning on getting a fairy garden? This is what you need. | Gardening | Scoop.it

So you're planning to build a miniature landscape or fairy garden, or what you want to call it. So you have the idea, how are you going to make it reality? You will need a few items, of which some will be easy to find, while others require more searching. You'll easily find the rocks you want, but it will be more difficult to find moss or certain plants.


This article will also provide a few tips on how to decrease the weed growth and a few other tips.

Top4's insight:

It will come in handy if you are into fairy gardens. Gives some tips  on how to create your own garden in the best way possible.


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Add some blue to your garden, easy dead heading and quandong propagation

Add some blue to your garden, easy dead heading and quandong propagation | Gardening | Scoop.it

In the blues


I LOVE nature’s rarest colour in the garden, namely blue. The new releases of Evolvulous glomeratus deserve to be more widely grown locally as bedding plants. The species hails from warm areas of southern Brazil and the brilliant blue flowers are at their best in a hot position all summer long. I have spotted two cultivars recently: “Blue my mind” which is in the Aussie Winners range and “Blue Daze”, which seems quite similar.

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'Weedies' in your garden

'Weedies' in your garden | Gardening | Scoop.it
Council weed inspectors will be authorised to enter your farm, acreage residential property or even your business or suburban back yard next year


Councillors will consider a recommendation, almost certain to be adopted, allowing its officers to inspect "urban and rural properties" under a one-year program which will apply "throughout the Gympie Regional Council area."


A report to councillors at tomorrow's general meeting says the authorisation would apply to rural and per-urban properties, but may not be limited to them.

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Gardening: The floating world of water lilies

Gardening: The floating world of water lilies | Gardening | Scoop.it
These serene beauties have captivated gardeners for centuries.


When I say water lilies, do you think first of the flower, or of the paintings by Claude Monet? More than any other flower, water lilies are intricately linked with a single gardener. Monet's willow-edged pond at Giverny, with its wisteria-looped, arching red bridge and floating lilies has been much copied, while his paintings of the pond are beloved to the point of reverence.


Monet's pond garden timing was perfect. Until 1879, the only hardy water lily was a large-flowered white one. Then Joseph Latour-Marliac, a lawyer turned nurseryman, turned his attention from bamboo to water lilies.


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Native gardens to maintain local biodiversity

Native gardens to maintain local biodiversity | Gardening | Scoop.it

Local biodiversity can be maintained by native gardens, ensuring long-term ecological sustainability. Small birds and other wildlife benefit from planting native species.


Many species are negatively affected by the current structure of gardens such as lawns, few scattered trees and the placement of concrete and houses without any access to nesting habitat.


Gardening in Australia needs to be changed to favour more native species and provide structure on a landscape scale that includes a variety of gardens.

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Woman, paints a fine picture of Celia Rosser

Woman, paints a fine picture of Celia Rosser | Gardening | Scoop.it

Banksias are dramatic shrubs and, as May Gibbs observed from 1918 with her Big Bad Banksia Men, there is a masculinity to the genus. However, it is a woman, Celia Rosser, who has dedicated 25 years to illustrating the banksias for an exceptional three-volume florilegium.


Halfway through reading Carolyn Landon's memoir of Celia Rosser and the personal life of the artist, I went to Canberra Botanical at the Nishi Gallery in NewActon. There was a watercolour of scarlet Banksia coccinea, which I had just admired in a pair of coloured plates in the book, one in watercolour and pencil by Celia Rosser from 1974 and the other a hand-coloured engraving done in London in 1813 by Rosser's hero, Ferdinand Bauer.


The Canberra district botanical artist was Cheryl Hodges and I asked if she knew of Rosser. She replied, "Ah, Celia Rosser. What a woman! To paint one banksia is extremely daunting and she did the whole lot of them. It makes me think, 'Why would I paint a banksia when she has already perfected them?' All her paintings are botanically correct, having access to a botanist, but they have character too."

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Gardening, shark-spotting apps allow you to keep track of nature

Gardening, shark-spotting apps allow you to keep track of nature | Gardening | Scoop.it

Apps can help you keep track of what you should be planting, when you should plant it and how to look after plants as they grow.


I recently met an investment banker with a sharp eye for stock multiples and a passion for bee keeping. Whipping out his phone, he showed me photos of his beautiful garden in the unfurlings of spring.


Like his portfolios, I imagine, his flowers and herbs were organised neatly and hedged creatively. This particular man maintained a spreadsheet: date of planting, first shoots, "friendly plants" (strawberries apparently speed onion growth and marigolds encourage most other flowers) and pests.

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Waterwise tips to beat this summer’s killer heat

Waterwise tips to beat this summer’s killer heat | Gardening | Scoop.it

With El Niño conditions on the way, gardeners wishing to defy the odds need to prioritise and get waterwise.


Garrdening in the Australian summer is an unhindered pleasure whose sun radiates in our hearts even as it brings to life the scent of cupped and erogenous blooms. Our borders are full with promise and our memories with the different pleasures of past seasons rich in the concupiscence of daisies, the purity of the lily, the viola, a tricolour Lolita whose sepals wink “I’m ready”.


There. Now that tedious, flowery bunkum has moved non-gardeners directly onto the next page, you and I can talk bleakly of the truth. This is going to be a burning shit of a season that will murder our plants and our hope. El Niño could be more correctly called El Diablo and by January, several of our favourite growing friends will be dead in a crispy fourth circle of Hades. Bid farewell to some of your plants, wave hello to a bucket in the shower and consider our time together much less of a delightful turn about the garden than a desperate struggle for life.


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Gardening: orchids everywhere as WA blooms

Gardening: orchids everywhere as WA blooms | Gardening | Scoop.it

It's hard to keep count of the stunning orchid species blooming now in Western Australia. I'm on an orchid hunt in south-west Western Australia. Our quarries are tiny, delicately detailed ground orchids. Of the thousand species of ground orchids in Australia, almost half are found here. Orchids aside, the number of plant species found here is boggling: more than 8000 different flowering natives, with more discovered every year.


I'm on the southern edge of the Stirling Ranges region, and I only need to look at my feet to appreciate that diversity. I count at least 12 species around me before getting distracted. That's a pretty pathetic effort. Botanists typically find 25 species in a 10-by-10-metre square in the south west, with the record being 110, in Lesueur National Park north of Perth. I am sidetracked when I spot a twining, twinkling sundew. These carnivorous plants catch insects in sticky "dew" that sparkles like a ring of diamonds. Sure enough, when I lean close enough I see a tiny green wasp trapped and slowly being absorbed into the plant.


Fascinating as it is, we are not here for the micro-brutality of sundews. Local farmer John Byrne is leading us to orchids. Byrne jokes he farms cattle, crops and caravans on his Mount Trio property. The caravans started arriving when he set up a bush camp for travellers on the wildflower trail and he now offers guided walks every morning.


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How to manage pests.

How to manage pests. | Gardening | Scoop.it

A group of amateur gardeners take a hike through a field of full grown corn. They are now a searching for eventual pests and other factors that could damage the quality of the crop.


You search trough different areas of the field and you have to select 15 plants in each  area, examine every leaf to see if there is a disease or insect damage. While you are at it, everything seems normal, like it should be. Until someone notices a spot that should not be there.


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As a farmer you want your crop to be as healthy as possible. So over-spraying it with pesticide won't do your crops any good either. Use the IPM, to measure what is necessary.

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Yasmar: the last villa

Yasmar: the last villa | Gardening | Scoop.it

Back in the 19th century Parramatta was something as you could call a "Gentleman's" place. On Parramatta road there was a Villa build and it had a very fine garden. If you look at the road nowadays, you might think by yourself how could that possibly ever been here?

There is only one villa left on the road, which is Yasmar. It is one of the endangered gardens in Sydney, because it lacks funds and there are no volunteers or investors willing to do something about the garden.

Top4's insight:

The area used to be a fine garden with multiple flowers and colors. Over the years this has changed. There are now restaurants and parking lanes. It is time to bring back a bit of the old glory.

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