Backyard and Outdoor Living Issue #16.6 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

Heating is probably the last thing on your mind right now as in many parts of Australia it’s still nice and warm. But I urge you to think ahead so you don’t get left out in the cold when the cooler weather creeps in. I am often guilty of leaving things to the last minute and then wishing I had used some forethought. Our feature on planning your heating will show you how to make the most of your space year-round. It’s no secret Australians love their lush lawns, but how can you keep yours looking in top shape? Turn to our home lawn feature to find out. If you read last issue’s yard shop on biodynamics but still have a few burning questions, never fear — we have another instalment for…

3 min
don't miss a beat

SEE THE LIGHT Ideal for illuminating driveways and porches, the Wide Angle Solar Wall Light with sensor comes with two additional LED bulbs angled on either side of the light to create a wider range of luminosity. With a powerful integrated rechargeable lithium battery, it will never run out of juice. The light comes with a responsive motion sensor that can detect movement from up to 6m away. The dim light will stay on continuously until motion is detected, which will then transition to a bright light that stays lit for roughly 20 seconds. Easy to mount on the wall with the supplied plugs and screws, no cables, wiring or power adapter are required. TAKE A SHOWER Take care of your hanging and potted plants with Hoselink’s premium hand-held watering device, the…

5 min
the makers

THE ART OF BLENDING Creating a garden is an artistic endeavour in its own right, so why do we need to gild the lily by adding a sculpture? Well, a sculpture doesn’t have to be introduced in the conventional sense. Sculptural elements can be integrated by blending them with other features, and with a garden bench you have myriad possibilities open to you. There are garden benches crafted from driftwood that have a highly sculptural, organic quality, seating carved from stone, timber fashioned to look like toadstools or butterflies (fun for the kids), and for a touch of true artistry, outdoor seating that actually incorporates sculptural work. This example, to be found in Cloudehill Gardens in Victoria’s Dandenong Ranges, is a one-off from Melbourne sculptor Graeme Foote. The design is classical,…

4 min
food and flowers

In the lush, leafy Sunshine Coast Hinterland is a charming country garden that’s a pure delight to the senses. Strolling around the beautiful gardens, everywhere you look there’s something wonderful to discover: sweet, fragrant roses, rows of strappy agapanthus, mature exotic trees, tactile earthy timber bails that tell a story of a bygone era, and sweeping park-like gardens with archways that frame majestic mountain views. Owners Steve and Ann Robertson bought a 10-acre (four-hectare) parcel of an old dairy farm 34 years ago, after the magical mountain views sealed the deal for the couple from Townsville in North Queensland. “We had to wade through knee-high kikuyu grass to view the property, but we knew right away it was for us,” says Ann. A BLANK CANVAS The sprawling rural block was dotted with coral trees,…

1 min
ann’s top tips

1 Have a knife handy blade-down in the veggie patch so you can easily take a snip of what you’d like to harvest for dinner (a tip passed on by Ann’s grandfather). 2 Collect leaves — these can be mown up and gathered to use in the compost heap, or use unmown. 3 Don’t overplant — if you have a small family, don’t plant whole punnets of any vegetables at the same time. Swap seedlings with family and friends or eat the plants when they are quite young (works well with leaf crops). Then you’re left with a manageable number, giving you some room for successive crops and a longer period of productivity. 4 Use green manures to revitalise beds. 5 A compost heap is a must — for lawn clippings, veggie scraps, crop…

6 min
wild and wonderful

I left the rat race behind 15 years ago when my wife and I moved to Wingham, a rural hamlet 320km north of Sydney. Four gently sloping acres (1.6 hectares) adjacent to a dairy farm and beef grazing property provided us with the ideal platform to create a garden. Itching to get my hands dirty, I undertook several rural and gardening-based courses before any planting began. These proved invaluable and along the way my interest in organics grew as I began my plantings. With my organic interest at fever pitch, I joined the Manning Organic Gardening Group. Becoming part of an organic garden group was the best thing I could have done and I recommend it to anyone reading this. I learnt about organic gardening, garden design, organic pest management and permaculture…