Backyard and Outdoor Living Issue#16.3 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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6 Issues

in this issue

1 min
editor's note

These days, with all the technology that’s available, it’s tempting to sit the kids down in front of Netflix, the computer or iPad and let that be the babysitter. While there is definitely a place for technology in the lives of children, it’s still important to get kids outside so they can experience fresh air and benefit from good old-fashioned play. Tactile experiences are very important to a child’s development and what better way to give them one than to get them out into the garden to grow their very own plants, fruits or veggies. In Yard Shop this issue we show you some easy ways to teach kids to sow seeds and grow their own plants. You might even get a bit of satisfaction from it yourself. Now here’s one for…

3 min
don't miss a beat

TURNING JAPANESE University of Southern Queensland’s (USQ) Japanese Garden, also known as Ju Raku En, is one of Australia’s largest and most traditionally designed Japanese stroll gardens. Ju Raku En (roughly translated as “to enjoy peace and longevity in a public place”) was opened on 21st April, 1989, by Yoshiharu Araki from the Brisbane Consul-General of Japan. Located on 3ha on the northern side of USQ Toowoomba, the site is jointly owned by USQ and the Toowoomba Regional Council. This outstanding garden features a mountain stream and waterfall, dry garden, central lake, 3km of paths and 230 species of Japanese and Australian native trees and plants. What a beautiful place to relax and clear your mind between uni lectures. MIGHTY MEAT ANTS Research from Charles Sturt University has demonstrated how tiny ants…

5 min
the makers

FOR THE FAMILY Designed to adapt to the different stages of a family’s life, this garden was inspired by designer Ben Hutchinson’s own clan. In Grow Together, the designer used Australian native and indigenous flora, sustainably sourced, reclaimed and repurposed materials, and promoted the creation of habitats for local fauna through the inclusion of a natural creek and swimming pond system. Every part of the garden was connected; from the cubby house to the creek, it brought together the essentials for an Australian backyard. The designer chose naturalistic tones for the garden, tying in the colour and texture of the plants, timbers, mulch, basalt rocks, Corten steel and bluestone paving to achieve a balanced, complementary feel in the palette and create a garden which could be easily modified with changing family…

5 min
gardening nature

Tom and Zaia Kendall and their 14-year-old son Marlon live on 34 acres in Kin Kin, in the lush Sunshine Coast hinterland north-west of Noosa. About a third of the property is managed (farmed would be the wrong word) according to the principles of permaculture. To the untrained eye, the Kendalls’ “managed” 10 acres are all but indistinguishable from the surrounding subtropical rainforest — and Tom and Zaia wouldn’t want it any other way. Permaculture is a sustainable system of agriculture, environmental design and habitat maintenance that takes its cues from nature itself. The concept was coined in the 1970s by Australians Bill Mollison and David Holmgren from the words “permanent (agri)culture”. Mollison described permaculture as simply “a philosophy of working with, rather than against, nature”. Tom has farmed and gardened all his…

4 min
it’s all about the trout

It looks like an ordinary suburban house on a busy street just 7km north-west of Melbourne’s CBD. But behind the low brick fence and newly planted citrus are not only thriving vegetable gardens and more fruit trees, but also a fish farm teeming with around 150 trout. Robert Kershaw’s block is only 400sqm, but just about all of it not occupied by the house is given over to food production. Besides the fish and some chickens, Robert says the family grows “a huge variety of fruit, vegetables and herbs: zucchini, lettuce, corn, tomatoes, pumpkins, potatoes, strawberries, raspberries, rosemary, lemongrass, coriander, basil, beans, grapes, apples, lemons, oranges, mandarins, bananas, Kaffir and Persian limes, and rhubarb”. Most of this profusion comes from soil-less aquaponics with growing media of scoria and clay beads. “Trout and vegetables…

1 min
robert’s top tips

1 Molasses insecticide: Dissolve molasses in a little warm water with a drop of washing-up liquid and spray on leaves. Molasses raises the sugar content of plants and kills insects. 2 Companion planting: I intersperse ornamental plants with vegetables. 3 Compost: Everything that has an organic base — eg. paper, cardboard, sawdust, cotton clothes — can be used as compost, shredded to speed up decomposition. 4 Weeds: Place old newspaper down before spreading mulch to keep weeds at bay. 5 Powdery mildew: To avoid powdery mildew, it’s best to water in the cool of the day and spray plants weekly with a solution made from one part cow’s milk to 10 parts water.…