This month: We take on Ferntree Gully, and get to see how two gardens have evolved after their blitz
Is your garden ready for a hot summer?
Over the last week or so, we’ve been nervously looking at our neighbours in the north and west as swathes of the country burns. Given how early and intense these fires have been, it’s only a matter of time before we start to see similar fires throughout Victoria. If you haven’t already, check out the Victorian Country Fire Authority’s Fire Ready Kit to ensure you’ve got your preparations locked down. And if you’re in an area where you don’t believe you’ll be affected, then maybe you can help out those who are by donating to the Red Cross Disaster Relief.

Closer to home, as it gets warmer, make sure your garden is prepared. Get down lots of mulch (there’s a good article on this below!), drip irrigation is great if you can, and a wicking bed can work wonders too. Consider having a shadecloth solution ready for those consecutive 38°+ days, and be sure to have lots of water sources available for your pets and the local wildlife. And don’t forget your worms!

The song of the month is unfortunately an all too obvious choice – a cracker of a song though – Midnight Oil’s classic, Beds are Burning.

  Have you been to a blitz and want a permablitz of your own?

Now's the time to get your name on the board for our trusty Designers Guild to transform your garden into an edible oasis!

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We’re very pleased to welcome two new Designers’ Guild members – Monique has done a PDC in Portugal and at CERES, and Felix just finished his PDC with the VEG crew!

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Hero of the Month: Mallow
Turns out that this weed that you may step on in your lawn has been used in sex magic and poetry for millennia and its uses as a medicinal herb by the ancient sages of proto-science are legion. Science is now beginning to discover new pharmacological properties of this plant, and some find it to be a pretty tasty plant.

To read more about this amazing plant, click here!

Beets and Pieces
Gardening tips to help your plants survive Level 5 water restrictions
Orange is known for its beautiful gardens but when you can only water them for one hour a week under tough Level 5 water restrictions they need help.

“It is really critical, particularly in Australia,” gardening expert, and Orange mayor, Reg Kidd said.

Cr Kidd said putting mulch around plants helps preserve moisture, aids in weed control and helps build up the structure of your soil.

And it has environmental benefits as many products could be recycled to create mulch.

To see what you can use for mulch, and the best time to water it, check out the original Central West Daily article here.

Nature-strips are everywhere in Melbourne. Should they all be gardens instead?
Our land abounds in nature strips!

Did you know that a third of public green space in Melbourne are nature strips?

Adrian Marshall has completed a PHD into nature-strips and says we should be more creative with what we plant outside our homes.

“It’s an incredibly strange space that’s public land but private citizens have to manage.”

Hear the full interview on The ABC

Back in the Garden
The end of Spring is near – make sure you mulch around your fruit trees and plants to retain moisture in the soil and prevent water loss from evaporation. Keep the mulch away from plant stems and trunks as this can cause stem or collar rot. You can also mulch your strawberries by placing straw or pine needles underneath to keep the berries off the soil. And you can stop earwigs eating your strawberries by offering them orange halves instead!

And if you’ve not done so already, it’s definitely time to get your summer crops in! Tomatoes, pumpkins, cucumber, zucchini, capsicum, tomatoes, basil, chillies, corn.. and did we mention tomatoes?

Seeds you can plant in November include:
Amaranth Kohlrabi
Angelica Lemon Balm
Asparagus Lettuce
Asparagus Pea Mustard Greens
Beetroot Okra
Borage Oregano
Burdock Parsley
Cape Gooseberry Pumpkin
Carrot Radish
Chicory Rocket
Chinese Cabbage Rosella
Chives Rosemary
Climbing beans Sage
Coriander Salsify
Cucumber Silverbeet
Dwarf beans Summer Savory
French tarragon Sunflower
Globe Artichokes Sweet Corn
Horseradish Turnip
Jerusalem Artichokes Yacon
Remember: some seeds do better starting off in punnets, some in pots and some in the ground. To get the best from your seedlings be sure to check the best methods first!


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