Backyard and Outdoor Living Issue#16.2 2018

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

Winter is in full swing and like me, some plants are not big fans of the cold. What if there was a solution that would let you grow plants year-round without having to worry about the weather? This magical solution is a greenhouse or glasshouse, of course. Have you ever thought of installing one in your backyard? Our feature this issue will give you the complete lowdown on this time-honoured method of gardening. Now here’s one for the kids. Many people dream of having a decent-sized backyard so that their kids have plenty of room to play, but with the lure of technology these days, you might be hard-pressed enticing them out into the yard. Our feature this issue will show you how to create an exciting backyard for the kids…

4 min
don't miss a beat

OUT OF AFRICA In February, the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney officially opened the Southern African Garden, the start of transformational changes planned for the redesign of the garden. This new space includes critically endangered flora from South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Lesotho, Swaziland and Zimbabwe. The Southern African Garden makes use, of and expands on, the 1850s plantings of African cycads by the Botanic Garden's then director, Charles Moore. “The Royal Botanic Garden Sydney has an extensive collection of Southern African plants, but they were scattered over the entire landscape and never presented as a curated theme. The new Southern African Garden is an exciting addition that visitors can enjoy,” says Dr Dale Dixon, curator manager of the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney. The Botanic Garden has 33 per cent of the 65…

6 min
the makers

SEASIDE SANCTUARY The outer Melbourne suburb of Edithvale is known for its pristine beach, so it’s hardly very surprising that seaside building lots are highly prized. When Jarchitecture was engaged to design a pair of beachfront townhouses, maximising the connection to the sea and creating inviting outdoor living spaces was key. A firepit zone was created in the rear garden of this townhouse, a fence providing protection from the salty wind yet not completely blocking the view of the foreshore scrub. A Corten-steel firepit rests in a bed of pebbles, the blending of the rust patina and earthy tones the ideal complement to the beach setting. Like the materials palette used on the exterior of the dwelling, the plants adjacent to the firepit are robust and well suited to the extremes…

6 min
kindred spirits

“When they discovered the northwest of Tasmania they realised it was a place where you could grow practically anything. They loved the mild climate and rich red soil” It was a cold, blustery day when I visited the Damen family at their small organic farm in Tasmania’s northwest. Lauran Damen quickly ushered me into the large old country kitchen where it was warm, comfortable and pleasantly fragrant with home baking. As I settled at the wooden kitchen table, Henriette appeared with offers of tea and home-baked quinoa and apricot muffins. Lauran and Henriette’s eldest son, Peter, who had been working in the paddocks, joined us. The 23-year-old has completed an agriculture degree at the University of Tasmania in Hobart and now works full-time on the farm. “He’s in charge of growing our crops,”…

1 min
living in history

The heritage house that’s the heart and soul of Kindred Organics, and home to the Damen family, has links to Tasmania’s wilderness heritage. It was the original home of the Cowle family. Thomas and Emma Cowle built the house and farmed at Kindred in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. One of their nine children, Kate, married Austrian émigré Gustav Weindorfer and the pair helped to open up nearby Cradle Mountain to walkers. Gustav and Kate were amateur botanists and walkers, enthusiastic about the beauty of the Cradle Mountain area and its unique vegetation. They realised that a hut was needed to encourage visitors to visit and stay in the area as it was so remote. In 1912 they bought land near the mountain, where they built a chalet they called Waldheim.…

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lauran and henriette damen’s top tips

1 Grow clover between crops to suppress weed growth and add nitrogen to the soil. After harvest, the clover covers the soil through winter. 2 Smothering oxalis-infested soil with plastic or a tarp is the only way to get it out of the garden. It may take a year but blocking the sunlight stops it growing. As the tubers have to grow each year, with no sunlight for more than a year, the cycle of growth is broken. 3 Concentrate on what grows well in your local area. We don’t grow bananas here — it’s too cold — but quinoa thrives. 4 Green weeds aren’t waste — you can put their nourishment back into the soil by composting them. 5 Make sure your basics are good. Whether you’ve one square metre, 100 square metres…