Backyard and Outdoor Living Issue #17.2 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

Welcome to the winter issue of Backyard. If you’re a keen gardener, you may be aware of things you should and shouldn’t do in your winter garden when it comes to plants and grass. In Yard Shop, horticulturist Adam Woodhams separates fact from fiction when it comes to winter gardening, from planting citrus trees to cutting your grass. Hedges can be a great addition to your front yard or backyard. They can be used as a fence to section off an area, to create privacy or simply add a more formal and structured look to your outdoor space. They’re more than just a pretty face. Ever thought about planting an edible hedge? We take a look at the different types of edible plants that can also make great hedges in your…

3 min
don't miss a beat

WATER WORKS Whether watering or cleaning, this extendable sprayer can reach higher than any other sprayer. The 4-Pattern Extendable Wand can be extended anywhere between 93cm and 160cm to suit the task and is easily adjusted. There are four spray patterns including: Cone, Mist, Shower and Gutter. In addition, the pivot head allows you to adjust the angle, ideal when using the Gutter setting to clean out guttering and downpipes. You can turn the water on or off via the twist mechanism at the base of the handle. Two soft-rubber grip handles make it easy to hold and with the pole being aluminium, it is light enough for anyone to use. To extend the handle, turn the widest sleeve near the spray head, then pull the spray head up. To secure…

5 min
the makers

THE LOGGIA This highly evocative courtyard garden was literally the star of the show. The Loggia, designed by Tract Consultants and built by PTA Landscapes, swept the field to win four awards: the City of Melbourne Award of Excellence for Best in Show, Gold Show Garden, Horticultural Media Association for Best Use of Plant Life and the Mark Bence Construction Award. The walls of the herringbone-patterned, arched loggia brought structure to the garden, framed views, blurred the line between built form and plants, and acted as an aqueduct. Water flowed along the top of the wall, passed through a water spout and cascaded into the fountain below. Water was treated as an aesthetic element, yet consideration was given to its scarcity. A dry climate palette, a mix of Mediterranean and Australian…

4 min
blooming lovely

Magic Meadow, Lovely Banks: it all sounds a bit Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm but there’s no trace of Shirley Temple in Deb Parsons’ busy five-acre (two-hectare) market garden in the northwest Geelong suburb of Lovely Banks. Once mainly farmland, Lovely Banks is fast becoming a residential area thanks to its handy position close to the Princes Highway and overlooking Geelong. But the Parsons’ farm, Magic Meadow, run along organic and sustainable lines, has little to do with the encroaching suburbanisation. Besides managing the property and its vegetable gardens, Deb mentors the would-be farmers among her neighbours in growing their own produce, runs bread-making workshops — traditional wood-fired sourdough, to be exact — and makes her own gourmet feta and preserves. She also harvests honey from her own beehives (her bees source some of…

4 min
the science of gardening

Luli Faber is a neuroscientist and passionate gardener who loves to have flowers on her property year-round. Her 16ha block borders the Stuart River in Wilkesdale in the South Burnett region of southeast Queensland. “My main requirement is to find perennial varieties of bushes and bulbs that are frost and drought hardy, making them compatible with the prevalent temperate climatic conditions, where the temperature can fall to -6°C in winter,” she says. The glorious butterfly bush in front of her home attracts hummingbird moths, butterflies and countless species of native bees and wasps. Luli has planted oleanders, hibiscus, which die back in frost but regenerate, kangaroo paws, star jasmine, drought- and frost-tolerant daisies, geraniums, daylilies, a climbing honeysuckle and marigolds, which are annual but self-seeding. “I try to reduce work by going for…

1 min
luli’s top tips

1 Mulch a lot, to about 100mm. This reduces the need to water, improves the quality of the soil, minimises the need to weed, increases the microorganisms and worms in the soil and after a while eradicates the need to fertilise. 2 To improve your soil quality, layer some aged cow manure and just mulch on top. Good soil quality is the most important thing for growing plants but this can often be achieved just by mulching. 3 It takes a while to find the right plants for the right spot, especially if they need to tolerate weather extremes. So be patient. I’ve found that it takes five to six years to establish a good garden. 4 Reduce your workload by going for flowering perennials rather than annuals or alternatively use annuals that…