What Do You Love Most About Brisbane’s Parks Alive?

What would be your top tip for our gardeners in Brisbane to be more sustainable? Answer: “Install as big a rainwater tank as you can; make compost whatever the weather; and explore the benefits of water sensitive gardening and design for your garden. You’ll never look back.” Jerry Coleby-Williams

Do Landscape Suppliers Ever Sell Genuine Soil?

Question: A Brisbane landscape supplier sold me soil for my raised vegetable beds. All my vegetables keep failing. I did a soil pH Test and the result was pH 9. Is there any hope I’ll be able to grow spring crops successfully?

How did they keep lawns trim in the days before lawnmowers?

“How did they keep lawns trim in the days before lawnmowers? asks The Guardian newspaper. Animals and scythes were originally used to maintain closely cut turf…and Australia has an indigenous answer”.

Review: The Brisbane Plant Collector’s Fair, 26-27.5.18

“One of the gardening events Brisbane lacked until the Plant Collector’s Fair started in 2016, was a show dedicated to the enthusiast.

 A place where not only can you get a jammy mouth plant, but its golden-flowered form too. Thank goodness we have this show now – pass the napkins!”

Thuan the Market Gardener

Thuan’s market garden: 1,500 sq m of alluvial, sandy loam in a flood plain of the Perfume River catchment, Hue, Vietnam. Fruit, vegetables, herbs, spices, flowers, poultry – and incense – in a prolifically productive, wet, inland subtropical climate.

Saying farewell to organic seed imports and goodbye to Australian food sovereignty?

I’ve signed a petition to the Federal Minister for Agriculture and Water because Australia is a party to the UN’s International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture. I oppose government… Continue reading

Bellis Open Day, 12-13th May 2018

Bellis Open Day, Brisbane, 12-13th May 2018. See and experience just how much can be achieved on an ordinary suburban block and find out how you can do it too. Over 500 different climate-appropriate plants grow at Bellis for food and medicine, to support biodiversity and including climate change-ready ornamentals.

 There will be plants and books for sale.

Coffee Grounds As A Herbicide

Caffeine is a biochemical with the purpose of affecting the germination, growth, survival, and reproduction of other competing plants. Do not add coffee grounds to worm farms.

Visit The 2018 Singapore Garden Festival with Jerry Coleby-Williams

Join Kew-trained horticulturalist, conservationist, television and radio talkback gardening presenter Jerry Coleby-Williams on a small group tour of Singapore to discover its horticultural and culinary delights.

Book Review: ‘Flowers in the Dust’, by Jenny Mace, published by Shady Tree, Australia, 2017

In the ancient landscapes of Queensland’s desert uplands grow many curious and attractive plants. Dame Quentin Bryce Ad, CVO, remembers the desert uplands for its ‘vivid red soils, its astonishing vegetation, its lakes,… Continue reading

My avocado fruit look sick. What to do?

It’s avocado season in Australia and Vietnam. Anthracnose disease can significantly affect the yield and quality of avocado fruit. It’s worst in warm, wet, humid, calm weather. Irritatingly, the symptoms of disease become… Continue reading

Protecting Pawpaw Plants Against Black Spot Disease

If you live in south eastern Queensland and grow pawpaw, it’s worth a quick health check right now. Mild, calm, showery, humid winter weather is perfect for observing outbreaks of pawpaw black spot… Continue reading

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