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Gardening Australia April 2019

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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I hope you have your gloves and trowel handy, because we have a ripper of an issue for you, full of ideas, inspiration and projects to get your teeth into. Where to start? Well, maybe with some snapdragons… Those gorgeous ones on the cover have most of us at the magazine scampering to sow some long-stemmed ‘snappies’ for spring. Jane Edmanson profiles these cheery plants on page 26. And while in sowing mode, get your carrots in if you haven’t already, and perhaps some leeks. Are you a coriander lover? It loves the milder conditions, and it’s a good crop for a pot. Your vegie patch info starts on page 71. Speaking of pots, if you have ornamental displays that are looking a bit worse for wear, why not plant up…

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on the shelf plants

There’s nothing like the appearance of those first daffodils to herald the change of season. In pots on the balcony, mass planted or in colourful drifts, they are the perfect flower to break winter’s spell. Order bulbs now and get them in quick for a late winter/early spring display. Here are two to add to your collection. Narcissus ‘Abba’ is a double daffodil with clusters of white petals in the centre, and a split, deep orange corona. tesselaar.net.au Marguerite daisies (Argyranthemum frutescens) light up the garden with constant flowering in colours that are easy on the eye. Cultivars in the newer Federation Fancy range provide a beautiful display with their double flowers and well-behaved growth habit. The four varieties, including ‘Pom Pom’ (right), make a compact sub-shrub of 60cm x 45cm,…

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on the shelf products

It’s fun and easy growing mushrooms, and you don’t even need a garden. With the White Button Mushrooms Growing Kit from Mr. Fothergill’s, you can start harvesting lovely fresh mushrooms in 2–3 weeks. Just soak the kit overnight, then keep it moist by spraying with water daily. The kit will produce mushrooms for up to three months. Then, when it’s finished, you have rich compost for the garden. Everything you need is supplied with the kit. mrfothergills.com.au The Hozelock Auto Reel makes watering the garden a pleasure. It comes with a premium anti-kink hose that remains neatly hidden away when not needed. A special mechanism allows the hose to be pulled out smoothly and paused as required, and a retraction speed controller ensures the hose winds back safely. New features include…

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on the shelf books

YOUR BACKYARD BIRDS UNDERSTANDING THE BEHAVIOURS, HABITS AND NEEDS OF OUR BRILLIANT BIRDS Dr Gráinne Cleary Allen & Unwin Most gardeners want to encourage birds into their gardens. And while it’s enjoyable watching them flying and hopping around, and listening to them singing, chirping or squawking, how much do we actually know about their behaviour and the sounds they make? This book’s author, a wildlife ecologist, takes a novel and entertaining approach to delivering interesting insights about the birds that visit gardens around Australia and their interaction with humans. Included is a foreword by science journalist Robyn Williams AM, with the subsequent chapters combining information about different birds, with delightful, authentic tales from bird-loving citizen scientists. WEIRD PLANTS Chris Thorogood Kew Publishing Featuring plants that trick, kill, steal and kidnap, from the foul-smelling dead horse arum…

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what ’s on in april

SOUTH AUSTRALIA 5 –7 Adelaide Home Living Expo & Animal Expo 10am–5pm. Adelaide Showground, Goodwood Rd, Wayville. (08) 8297 1688. Free. Expert advice on building, painting and renovating, DIY seminars, food demos, wine classes, handcrafted woodwork for sale. Animal Expo (6th–7th only). $12 adult. $10 concession. Pet advice, dog and cat breed displays, animal nursery. kjex.com.au 7 South Australian Autumn Garden Festival 10am–4pm. Clare Showgrounds, Main North Rd, Clare. 0407 472 107. $10 adult, $8 concession, under 12 (with an adult) free. More than 100 exhibitors/sellers from South Australia and interstate. Speakers include Angus Stewart and Gardening Australia’s Tino Carnevale. Refreshments. Free parking. saautumngardenfestival.com.au 13 –14 Australian Plants Society (SA Region) Inc Autumn Expo and Plant Sale Sat 10am–5pm, Sun 10am–4pm. Adelaide Showground, Goodwood Rd, Wayville. (08) 8296 1849. Gold coin donation. Large range of South…

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old-fashioned shrubs to fall in love with again

Many gardeners recognise that the range of plants we see in our gardens and at garden centres has changed over the years. Older private or public gardens often contain a treasure-trove of unusual plants, and many of them deserve to be more widely grown once again. There are several reasons plants drop into obscurity. Many of the popular garden plants have been grown from shared or gathered cuttings, divisions and seeds, and are regarded as too common or too readily available to commercially produce. Also, with our reduced leisure hours, we are less inclined to purchase plants known for their high maintenance, and some plants are very slow growing or difficult to propagate, making the costs prohibitive for commercial production. Like many other pastimes, gardening is impacted by fashion trends, and while Australia…