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Home & Garden
Gardening Australia

Gardening Australia August 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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My daughter loves potatoes, so with that in mind – plus nostalgia around a cool kids’ book called The Potato People, and something Tino Carnevale said to me about how once you plant potatoes, they keep coming up (I love a plant that keeps on giving) and most of all, the memory of how Peter Cundall surrendered his lawn to grow them – I planted some spuds last winter. They were easy and fun. They worked. And because I didn’t dig them all up, they did exactly what Tino said they would, and sprouted again this year. I do love a volunteer plant – and these are the sorts of small pleasures I find in the garden at a time of year when bursts of warmth are fickle, and I’m not…

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on the shelf plants

If you love lavender and are looking for something a bit different for your garden, consider the newly released Lavandula pedunculata ‘The Queen’. Bred by Plant Growers Australia, this beautiful lavender has deep burgundy flowers topped with wavy pink bracts that look like butterfly wings and complement the fragrant silver foliage. ‘The Queen’ performs best in a spot that receives full sun and has good drainage. It tolerates heat and cold, and does well in dry spells, but needs a good watering during long periods without rain. This compact plant grows to 60cm high by 90cm wide, which makes it an ideal choice for low borders and containers. Removing spent flowers will encourage repeat flowering after its spring flush. pma.com.au Vita Sackville-West’s White Garden at Sissinghurst Castle in the UK inspired many gardeners…

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on the shelf books

FOOD PLANTS OF THE WORLD IDENTIFICATION, CULINARY USES AND NUTRITIONAL VALUE Ben-Erik van Wyk CSIRO Publishing Topics covered in this book include the origin of plants, their cultivation and harvesting, which parts are used for cooking and their nutritional value. This revised edition provides a photographic guide to more than 400 plants used as foods or beverages. Plants are listed alphabetically by their botanical names, each with a photograph and concise scientific description that is easy to understand. A separate section provides an overview of nutrients, diet and health. Also included is a detailed checklist and quick guide to more than 800 commercialised food plants and a breakdown of nutritional value. The book is a valuable reference for gardeners growing home or community edible gardens, and anyone seeking up-to-date detailed information about plant-derived…

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gardening australia

EDITOR Jenny Baldwin HORTICULTURAL EDITOR Phil Dudman ART DIRECTOR Rachel Henderson ACTING CHIEF SUBEDITOR Kirsten Colvin SUBEDITORS Gina Hetherington, Kerrie Lee EDITORIAL COORDINATOR Carole Gridley HORTICULTURAL CONSULTANT Marianne Cannon ABC TV HOST Costa Georgiadis PRESENTERS Josh Byrne, Tino Carnevale, Jerry Coleby-Williams, Jane Edmanson, Millie Ross, Clarence Slockee, Sophie Thomson CONTRIBUTORS Steve Ball, AB Bishop, Simon Browne, Leonard Cronin, Steve Falcioni, Jackie French, Judy Horton, Tim Jackson, Arno King, Michael McCoy, Kim Woods Rabbidge, Martyn Robinson, Liani Solari, Jennifer Stackhouse, Mark Stockdale, Jac Taylor, Deryn Thorpe ADVERTISING DIRECTOR Anabel Tweedale, atweedale@nextmedia.com.au Phone (02) 9901 6371 DIRECTORIES ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE Alora Edwards, aedwards@nextmedia.com.au Phone (02) 9901 6101 ACCOUNT MANAGER Annya Azzopardi, aazzopardi@nextmedia.com.au Phone (02) 9901 6320 PRODUCTION MANAGER Peter Ryman PRODUCTION AND DIGITAL SERVICES MANAGER Jonathan Bishop EXECUTIVE PRODUCER ABC TV Gill Lomas SERIES PRODUCER ABC TV Chris Paterson MANAGER PUBLISHING AND LICENSING, ABC COMMERCIAL Lisa Hunter BRAND MANAGER ABC MAGAZINES Jenni Powell EXECUTIVE CHAIRMAN David…

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on the shelf products

With lucerne-based Power Pellets, you can avoid the pungent odour that comes from fertilisers based on animal manure. Lucerne mulch used on its own provides nitrogen as it breaks down, however Power Pellets have added rock minerals and amino acids to feed the soil, which in turn feeds your plants for up to three months. The pellets are suitable for all types of indoor and outdoor plants, including phosphorus-sensitive Australian natives. Winner of an AusIndustry Award for Innovation, Power Pellets are 100 per cent organic-certified. powerpellets.com.au Are you avoiding gardening because you’re finding it difficult to get up after weeding or planting? Make it easier on yourself with a comfy Garden Kneeler from CutAbove Tools. The steel-framed kneeler has foam padding and soft-grip handles. Turn it the other way up and…

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what's on in august

NEW SOUTH WALES 9 TH Aug– 15TH Sept The Margaret Flockton Award for Excellence in Scientific Botanical Illustration Daily 9.30am–4.30pm. Visitor Centre, the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden Mount Tomah, Bells Line of Road, Mount Tomah. (02) 9231 8111. Free. International art award, focusing on contemporary scientific botanical illustration. 16 TH – 17TH Narrandera Camellia Show Fri 2–5pm, Sat 10am–4pm. Narrandera Ex-Servicemen’s Club, 41 Bolton St, Narrandera. (02) 6959 2317. $5. Hundreds of blooms, from local and regional exhibitors. 28 TH – 31ST Fairfield District Orchid Society Spring Show Wed–Fri 8am–10pm, Sat 8am–2pm. Fairfield Forum Shopping Centre, 8–36 Station St, Fairfield. 0424 304 168. Free. Orchid displays and advice from growers. Seedlings and flowering orchids for sale. Refreshments available. QUEENSLAND 4 TH Botanical Bazaar 9am–4pm. Country Paradise Parklands, 231 Beaudesert Nerang Rd, Nerang. 0406 007 583. $15. Large garden festival,…