March 21, 2019

NEWS

NEWS

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Home-made bread

Interested in making your own bread at home? Whilst not something you are likely to be growing in your edible garden, many of our hosts enjoy the pleasure of making…
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Keeping European bees

Honey is sometimes described as liquid gold. Aside from its delicious sweet taste and capturing smell it is also full of health benefits. Honey helps with improving gut health, building…
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Healing herbs

When it comes to value for money, herbs are one of the best edibles to have in the garden. Why buy an expensive cut bunch of herbs just to watch…
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Reducing household waste

After putting such love, time and effort into growing your edibles it would be such a shame to see them go to waste. Yet so much of our food gets…
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Starting from seed

There are many benefits to growing your own herbs and vegetables from seed. For starters, you will pay more for a punnet of lettuce with 6 plants in it than…
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Plants to try out in your garden

Are you thinking about what plants to add to your garden? Joining our Virtual trail is a great way to get inspired with plants that work well in Sydney. As…
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Why volunteer?

Recently we asked one of our volunteers, why she’d put her hand up to help us out? Here’s what she said… I was invited to join the team to provide…
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Worm Farms

A worm farm (or wormery) is a type of composting system that uses the eating power of special composting worms (red wrigglers and tiger worms) to turn raw kitchen fruit…
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Wicking Beds

Wicking beds are a type of self-watering, raised garden bed with a water reservoir built into the base. Water is drawn or ‘wicked’ upwards through the soil to the plants.…
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Swales – Ditches with a Difference

One of the mantras you will often hear in permaculture is: “The best place to store water is in the soil.” Swales are one important way we can do this.…
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Keeping Native Stingless Bees

If you want to boost the numbers of pollinators in your garden and are also interested in helping our native wildlife, then consider hosting a hive of stingless native bees…
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Green Walls

Greens walls, also known as vertical gardens, are a great way to maximise space for growing plants. They are especially good for small balcony gardens. They can also reduce the…
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Rainwater Tanks

When it rains, we let a huge amount of perfectly good, clean, free water run off our roofs, driveways, and roads and down the drain, while paying for water to…
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Mandala Gardens

A mandala garden is a round attractive garden which makes efficient use of space. There are paths cut into or through the centre in a way that minimises the area…
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Insect Hotels

An insect hotel provides shelter for a variety of beneficial insects in your garden, especially native solitary bees and wasps, which pollinate your plants and help keep pests under control.…
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Food Forests

A food forest is a collection of trees that produce edible fruit, nuts, seeds and berries. They are planted together with other smaller trees, shrubs, herbs and climbers that support…
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Espaliers

Espalier (es-pah-lee-yay) is the ancient practice of pruning and training fruit trees into a two dimensional flat structure against a wall, fence, or free-standing frame. It can also be used…
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Drought Resistant Edible Plants

There is a big range of interesting and delicious drought tolerant plants that we can grow in Sydney. We have been growing drought tolerant crops all over the world for…
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Chickens

Chickens are a wonderful addition to an edible garden as they provide a lot more than just eggs and company! They will also eat your kitchen scraps, help control weeds…
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Frog Ponds – Beauty and Diversity

A pond creates a home for some of the 26 Sydney frog species, as well as for fishes, provides a water source for birds and beneficial insects like bees, and…
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Banana Circles

Yes, you can grow bananas in Sydney! A banana circle is a circular mound of banana plants with a compost pit in the centre. Bananas are very ‘hungry’ plants and…
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Composting

Composting is the process of decomposing or recycling dead organic matter to make it usable for other living organisms. The resulting rich dark compost is added to soil to increase…
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GROWING IN THE ‘BURBS

My home is a penthouse apartment on the fourth storey of a modern apartment block in a northern suburb of Sydney, about 30 kms from the city. The useable area…