Backyard and Outdoor Living Issue 13.4

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

5 min
the makers

OUT OF THE BOX With its unconventional shape, the architect-designed Tetra Shed has been a massive hit with its British customer base. An alternative to the cuboid shape of the typical modern pre-fab, each shed has a hexagonal footprint of 10.4m² (4m at its widest) and an overall height of 3.3m. The materials are simple: engineered timber clad with matt black rubber and birch-faced plywood lining. As the shed is meant to be customisable, other cladding materials include oak, cork rubber and metals such as zinc and copper; windows can be added in or removed. The Tetra Shed also features programmable electric underfloor heating and LED lighting, both of which can be controlled via mobile apps. This kind of flexibility means the “sheds” can be used for a variety of purposes.…

2 min
make your own

Would you like to build an edible vertical garden using recyclable materials? You will need chicken wire, a hessian bag, reusable plastic cable ties, some homemade planting mix and a sturdy bamboo stick you can thread through the top of the hessian bag for ease of hanging. The next steps are: Planting mix • Your planting mix needs to hold extra moisture and the magic ingredient is fine-grade coir. Coir is light and both holds and wicks moisture well (that is, it helps water rise up from the bottom of the mix). • Coir is sold in a compressed brick, which needs soaking in water for 15 minutes or so. Afterwards, use fresh water to wash the coir in a clean plastic plant pot. Wash until the water is clear. • Make your planting…

1 min
planting methods

Pocket method: Create holes or pockets about 7–10cm deep. Do this with your hand, loosening and removing a small amount of the straw. Fill each hole with organic compost or potting mix. The number of “pocket pots” will vary, depending on what crops you intend to grow and the spacing needed for those crops. Water each pocket lightly. Flat straw-bed method: Create a flat garden bed on top of the bale by spreading a soil/compost/aged-manure mix on top of each bale — up to 10cm deep is good. Work this growing medium into the straw in readiness for planting. Using a watering can or gentle hose spray, lightly moisten the whole surface, being careful not to dislodge the soil. You can plant either style of straw-bale garden using seeds or transplanting…

3 min
pest patrol

You might love your lawn, but so does the pesky little white curl grub. To check for white curl grub, place some wet hessian on a patch overnight. By early morning, the grubs should have surfaced and will be easy to spot. They are plump, C-shaped, whitish grubs with orange heads. Their bodies look segmented and their three pairs of legs are near the head. These lawn beetle larvae infiltrate lawn and feed on roots, damaging the turf. Egg-laying lawn beetles can be a problem year-round, particularly in warm, wet weather from November to May. If white curl grubs have infected lawn areas, the telltale signs are: general yellowing, then browning of the grass, followed by patchy death of lawn areas. You may also notice green or brown droppings on lawn areas,…

4 min
nothing so sweet

Some of my earliest childhood memories are of sneaking out into our family vegie patch to munch on vine-ripened tomatoes. I just couldn’t believe my luck: little bursts of sweetness right at my tiny fingertips and no one there to stop me. Little did I know it was my parents’ way of enticing me to eat my fruit and vegies. The nameless variety we grew that was handed down from my grandparents was a wild-looking vine that was smothered from root to tip with tiny, sweet, red fruit and had to be firmly staked to keep it from taking over the whole garden. It’s still one of the best tomatoes I’ve ever tasted. PARENT TO CHILD I love the idea that fruit and vegetables can become part of our heritage; that my son…

19 min
this weekend

If you want a lifestyle-enhancing garden, you need an innovative designer THIS WEEKEND ORGANISE A GARDEN DESIGNER Good garden design is about more than complementing the architecture of a home. It’s about reflecting just what it is that makes the owners of that property unique: their lifestyle, their interests, their tastes. Upon finding someone who will design with your individuality in mind, the next step is to ensure they have the experience — and willingness — to equip you with the knowledge you need to make informed decisions. Natalie Watts of Brisbane-based Branat Designs couldn’t agree more. “Our goal is to help people bring their ideas and inspirations to life by creating innovative spaces that enhance people’s lifestyles and give their home’s character and value,” she says. Branat Designs, which is run by Natalie and…