Backyard and Outdoor Living Issue #17.1 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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6 Issues

in this issue

1 min
editor's note

If you live in a city, perhaps you’ve always dreamt of having some chickens in your backyard but thought it wasn’t possible. All hope is not lost. In Yard Shop, we discover the secret to a happy and healthy city chook. Another thing that people usually shy away from in city areas is a flourishing edible garden, but that needn’t be the case. We show you how to create exactly that, but exclusively in pots. In Backyard we often talk about garden pests to look out for and how to get rid of them, but of course, there are bugs that are beneficial to our gardens as well. Turn to Yard Shop for our “good bugs” round-up. I’m obsessed with garlic. When a recipe says put in two cloves, I say “pffft”…

3 min
don't miss a beat

2 BEE You might remember the original Flow Hive from Space for Living a few years ago. Four years from the company’s first release, there are approximately 51,000 Flow Hives in use in more than 130 countries. Flow has won multiple awards for innovation, design, marketing and business including Good Design Australia, D&AD White Pencil, Fast Company World Changing Ideas, two medals at Apimondia International Beekeeping Congress and was declared NSW Business Chamber’s Business of the Year (2017). Flow Hive 2 has all the benefits of the original Flow Hive, with bonus must-have features including a Flow Harvesting Shelf. This elegant hive is perfect for beginners or experienced beekeepers and contains 6x Gen2 Flow Frames, featuring revolutionary honey harvesting technology. Crafted from premium western red cedar, the Flow Hive 2 includes…

5 min
the makers

KEEPING ON TRACK Running down the centre of this garden are several curved paths that designer Andrew Plymin refers to as “tracks”. Each is bordered by brick edging embedded flush into Dromana toppings. “Visually, this simple-to-install device has stretched the garden and given the viewer a sight line to follow, beckoning the visitor to explore more,” says Andrew. “This brick work has also elevated quite cheap Dromana toppings to a more designer aesthetic.” Dromana toppings is a popular choice for garden paths as well as driveways. It is made out of crushed brown granite, is comfortable to walk on and introduces a pleasant warm colour. An even cheaper alternative, providing a similar look, is granitic sand. This garden, tucked in the inner-Melbourne suburb of Northcote, was built by Real Earth Developments.…

4 min
glass house green house

After 15 years as a seafarer, when Emma Carlos decided to jump ship she very quickly learned to enjoy a landlubber’s life. She and partner Mark Simm bought an 18.5-acre (7.5-ha) property in Beerwah, a town tucked behind the Glass House Mountains in the lush subtropical Sunshine Coast hinterland. Blackwattle Farm is a B&B and farmstay offering a memorable berth for tourists. But the organic farming duo had a much bigger vision for their slice of rural paradise. “We wanted to aim to be as self-sufficient as possible,” says Emma. “We have a small herd of Dexter cows — the steers for meat and cows for milking — as well as chickens for eggs and some meat pigs, too. Plus, of course, our beautiful veggie patch.” The 30m×30m vegetable garden is rich in…

1 min
emma’s top tips

1 Spend time every day in the garden even, if it’s just 15 minutes, to pull a few weeds. If you let jobs in the garden build up, it can get on top of you. 2 I’m a big believer in self-seeding so I deliberately leave some things like beans and tomatoes to go to seed; I crack them open and let them do their thing. 3 Enjoy it — gardening is good for your physical and mental health. 4 Set aside time to design and have a plan — but not one that’s set in stone. Let the garden evolve and work with nature, with just a little guidance from you. It takes a while to work out what grows where. 5 Everyone should have a worm farm!…

6 min
wildlife warrior

Since moving to his six-and-a-half-acre (two-and-a-half-hectare) property 15 years ago, Sean Morrow and his wife and daughter have transformed it from a mostly grass-covered, empty block into a haven for wildlife. As a landscape and permaculture designer, Sean is able to envision what the place will look like years down the track and is constantly creating ever more gardens and habitats for wildlife to achieve his vision. Sean has been a passionate gardener since he was eight, gardening and weeding for his neighbours as a child. He has always had a fondness for nature and its wildlife, especially lizards and frogs. He looked all over Australia to find the perfect place to establish productive gardens and a fruit and bush tucker orchard for his family, one that would also attract, feed…