Donna to the (plant) rescue

Donna to the (plant) rescue

Most nurseries recycle materials such as plastic growing containers, but what happens to any unsaleable plants? Sarah Coles speaks to Donna Grundy about plant rescue and an unusual business model.

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Working with contours

Working with contours

Sarah Coles speaks to Guildford local Louise Balaz-Brown about gardening in tough conditions, the importance of contours and the miracle of sheep manure.

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DIY: Sheet mulch and hot compost

DIY: Sheet mulch and hot compost

Fuchsia Branwhite explains the permaculture tricks she uses in her own garden, to both control weeds and produce beautiful non-stinky compost from a wide range of garden waste.

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Digging the No Dig

Digging the No Dig

Growing vegies with increasing summer heat and less rain doesn’t need to be a battle, writes Carmel Killin. A solution can be found in the water-retaining and humus-rich layers of a No Dig bed.

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The farmer next door

The farmer next door

On a standard surburban block in Melbourne, Simeon Hanscamp is growing enough food to provide his local community with vegie boxes—and himself with an income. Anna Cumming visited him to find out what it takes to be a successful backyard farmer.

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Put your stormwater to use

Put your stormwater to use

Even dense inner-city housing can easily hold back most of its stormwater runoff—saving water, cooling cities, reducing flooding problems and protecting rivers. Chris Walsh’s inner-Melbourne house shows how.

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Greywater system buyers guide

Greywater system buyers guide

Although many regions no longer have water restrictions, water is still a very precious resource in a country as dry as Australia. Greywater systems let you use water at least twice, which makes good environmental sense. Here, we look at what systems are available.

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