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Gardening on the Western Side in Australia

Gardening on the Western Side in Australia

A garden that faces west will be subject to extremes of temperature. On a summer afternoon, this is where the sun can bake the soil, scorching all but the toughest of plants. Many beautiful plant species revel in a western location however, and clever plant selection can turn an ‘unusable’ section of your garden into an inviting living space. Western side flower garden Geranium Geranium, (Pelargonium sp.), ... Read More »

Kitchen extension ideas that spill into the outdoors

Kitchen extension ideas that spill into the outdoors glass walls

It’s time to renovate. If you’re planning to jazz up a drab and outdated kitchen this year, consider is it possible for the kitchen to be extended and spill into your outdoor spaces. The concept of a kitchen extension is simple, by creating open and seamless spaces between the inside of your home and outdoors, not only can you make ... Read More »

Easter DIY Garden Projects

10 easter #easterdiy projects for the garden #aboutthegarden

Are you currently honing in your inner DIY skills to tackle a home or garden project this Easter long weekend?  Easter is a great time to tackle a DIY project, particularly in the garden, as the weather is cooler, giving plants a better chance of establishing themselves before the cold winter months hit. Best of all, you have four (4) ... Read More »

Small Side Garden Idea – Creating a Herb Garden

Small Side Garden Idea - Creating a Herb Garden

After two years of cultivating nothing but weeds down the western side of my home, I decided to take action and plant a small side garden, but what to grow! After some deliberation, I decided the spot would be ideal for an herb garden, not only as most herbs are lower growing plants, but most have shallow root systems, so ... Read More »

Gardening on the South Side in Australia

Gardening on the south side in Australia #aboutthegardenmagazine

A south-facing garden can make it difficult to grow vegetables or fruit trees, yet in the hot Australian climate; the gentle coolness of a southern aspect can be a true blessing. In Australia, the sun is usually in the northern part of the sky and moves even farther north in winter. On the southern side of a house, tree or other ... Read More »

Small Balcony Garden – Tips to Get You Started

Small Balcony Garden Tips to Get You Started

While balcony gardens are generally less work due to their smaller scale, they do require special attention and planning to ensure success. A plant growing permanently in a pot or tub will be more vulnerable to dry-out and sudden changes or extremes of temperature, so selecting suitable containers, plants and growing media (potting mix) is vitally important. It is also ... Read More »

Dividing and Repotting Cattleya Orchids

dividing and repotting cattleya orchids

The beautiful cattleya orchid loves a position with good, filtered sunlight or semi-shade, such as in the bough of a tree. It will grow in all parts of Australia and is easy to propagate by division.  Four (4) steps to dividing and repotting cattleyas STEP 1: Like most orchids, cattleyas prefer to be pot bound rather than overpotted. This is ... Read More »

10 Tools To Kick Start Your DIY Garden

10 tools to kickstart your garden

You don’t need a large shed full of expensive tools to set up your very own garden. If you are wanting to kick start the year with a DIY garden, this guide will help you get you going with ease. With these 10 tools, you’ll have the perfect kit and thriving garden in no time. 1. It all starts with ... Read More »

Autumn Wedding Bouquet Ideas – Aromatic Bridal Flowers!

Autumn Wedding Bouquet Ideas Aromatic Bridal Flowers with About the Garden

Autumn bridal flowers are always about warm bright colours but if you’re after wedding bouquet ideas that are excite the senses, autumn flowers can leave you short. The prettier flowers are in bloom but what they deliver in colour and shape, they lose in aroma. Luckily, inspiration for all the senses is at hand…. In a place you’d least expect! ... Read More »