Backyard and Outdoor Living Issue #16.5 2019

Welcome to the new-look Backyard, the magazine for those who don’t just dream of an amazing garden, they want to get out there and make it happen. If the backyard is where you gather with family and friends; if you want to do more in your backyard, be that build a garden bed or lay some paving; and if you want to get your kids involved too, Backyard is what you need. Backyard covers a wide range of topics for the consumer who is doing a complete makeover. Including but not limited to Planning a Garden, Makeover Ideas, Design Advice, Water Wise Gardening, Outdoor Lighting, Pool Design, Outdoor Furniture, Garden Art, Shade Solutions and Paving Options. Purchase includes the Digital Edition and News Service. Please stay in touch via our Facebook Page.

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in this issue

1 min
editor's note

Cats and dogs bring so much joy to our lives, which means we’d do anything to protect our furry friends. While your backyard is the ultimate place for play and adventure, unfortunately the garden can be a bit dangerous as there are several plants that are poisonous to cats and dogs. In Yard Shop, we highlight the plants to avoid to keep your furbabies safe and sound. While we are on the theme of protecting your precious pets, here is one for the owners of chickens out there. In the warm weather, unhealthy parasites such as mites, fleas and lice may infiltrate your flock. Yucky, right? Luckily there are simple steps you can take to prevent and treat these nasty parasites so you can keep your flock healthy. I first came across…

2 min
don't miss a beat

WATER THE GARDEN In recent years, Adelaide Botanic Gardens (ABG) has implemented a range of landscape architectural projects. A 2.6ha wetland project was created in conjunction with landscape architecture practice, Taylor Cullity Lethlean. Adelaide Botanic Garden Wetland improves flooding, purifies polluted stormwater run-off, provides a habitat for animals and insects, provides aquifer storage and recovery to supply the ABG irrigation, and is an immersive educational and recreational resource. In a time of changing climates, the wetland forms an important addition to ABG and to the City of Adelaide. HOT SCULPTURE Europeans have been setting trends since the beginning of time and the backyard is no exception. Check out this cool invention. Kara is a barbecue, enigmatic sculpture and garden light in one. Imagine having one of these babies in your backyard. Made…

6 min
the makers

MADE IN THE SHADE Is there anything more appealing on a summer’s day than relaxing in the garden under the cool canopy of a shade tree? This chill-out zone, designed and built by Harrisons Landscaping, is nestled beneath a large tree that provides protection from the sun and creates a cosy spot to unwind. A built-in planter wraps around the base of the tree and teems with Dianella caerulea ‘Little Jess’, the rich green of the leaves offsetting the dark colour of the low rendered walls. The planter morphs into a built-in “floating” bench seat. By building a cantilevered seat, the impression of greater space is created and makes the area seem airier than it would have with a boxed-in style of seating. For a “beachy” look, the hardwood seating boards…

6 min
crystal healing

Morag Gamble’s passion for gardening came from her dad’s interest in permaculture. Her mother and grandfather also grew a range of edibles as well as native species for wildlife and there were always a few hand-raised chooks and fruit trees. Morag’s imagination was really fired, though, when a small group got together in the heart of Brisbane to start a community garden, which was to become the well-known and well-loved Northey Street City Farm ( Now, with her partner, Evan Raymond, and their three children, Maia, Hugh and Monty, Morag tends an acre of subtropical heaven in the idyllic surrounds of Crystal Waters Permaculture Village, located near Conondale in Queensland’s Sunshine Coast hinterland. The main garden takes up a quarter-acre on a tricky 1:5 slope, so Morag and Evan built contoured terraces with…

1 min
morag’s top tips

1 When making a no-dig garden, add the newspaper layer just before the mulch to reduce weed growth and soil heating and drying. 2 Include many different types of compost and worm systems to return as many nutrients as you can to the soil — as directly as possible. 3 Integrate lots of edible perennials so you’ll always have something to eat, even between seasons. 4 Maximise garden space by making pathways just big enough — little keyhole pathways off main contour paths work well for us — and use your pathways to collect rainwater. 5 Avoid rushing in to “do something” about pests. Stop, observe and think how you could add diversity to your garden to help manage the issue.…

5 min
down on the farm

Sometimes, what you see really is what you get. The Farmer’s Place is a good example of the old phrase, “truth in advertising”. It’s a small working farm, cafe and farmers’ market in Freshwater Creek in Victoria, 15 minutes south-west of Geelong and the Great Ocean Road. A family business owned and operated by Robert Pascoe, his wife Fiona, and children Amelia, Louis and Charlie, The Farmer’s Place comprises about two acres of raised garden beds, orchards and planted mounds. By autumn 2016, with the preparation of new gardens, the acreage under cultivation was expected to double. “My grandparents always had vegetable gardens,” says Robert, a lifelong gardener, “so there’s a long family history and a passion for sustainable food.” No surprise, then, that he has another farm in nearby Paraparap as well…