Make It Yourself: Moss Balls
Nov01

Make It Yourself: Moss Balls

Doing the Christmas Gift idea round up? As we slide into November and the stores start getting ramped up for Christmas (my local MYER department store had the Christmas tree up in SEPTEMBER) it’s time to start thinking about whether or not we want to gift tangible gifts. I will have to admit that last year I got really lazy and didn’t bother with presents. The good thing about lazy is that it means that you don’t end...

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House Plant Stylings
Sep01

House Plant Stylings

So you want to adopt a house plant? Unlike fur babies, real babies, or goldfish, house plants are a commitment that’s within reach of most folk regardless of their ability to care and/or time commitments. The only thing that one really has to be on the look out for is that your plant baby is the right  for your care factor level. If you really like the idea of greenery in your home but forget to brush your teeth most nights and...

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Cacti With More Than Just Good Looks.
Jun15

Cacti With More Than Just Good Looks.

  The Prickly Pear’s history in Australia In the 19th century there was a decision to introduce the spiked, hardy, and now-very-on-trend cactus, the Prickly Pear (mostly the species Opuntia stricta for those who like their fancy latin names)to Australia to use as natural agricultural fencing (with additional industry benefits we will discuss in a bit). Unfortunately this prickly little fella was pretty darn happy living in...

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Epicurious Gardens Brisbane
Mar30

Epicurious Gardens Brisbane

A Walk Down the Edible Garden Path. On my recent fast-track tour of Brisbane City for the PepTalks event I stumbled across the beautiful Epicurious gardens in Southbank. Fortunately I was there on the right day and time to learn more about this wonderful edible urban ornamental garden from one of the fab volunteers who helps to make it happen. A shout out to John for sharing his time with me on a sunny Wednesday morning. Thank you!...

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Are You a Rurbanite?
Jan10

Are You a Rurbanite?

Are you a Country Bumpkin or a City Slicker? Be it a love of late night restaurant hopping that sees us preferring living urban over lazy farm days, or a passion for horses that requires acreage living, many of us identify one way or the other. However there is an emerging bunch of people who are embracing country living in urban areas. While this is no new phenomena (my parents ‘farmed’ a house block for years...

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DIY: Upcycled Potted Plants
Dec07

DIY: Upcycled Potted Plants

Potted Plant Love. As mentioned in the DIY succulent tree post, up-cycled potted plants make great gift ideas. Not only do they divert broken and unwanted items from landfill, they provide loads of joy for the recipient and make for great photos! If you have some old broken china, pottery, or perhaps a vase that no longer serves a purpose the following info should help you turn that dust collector into a planter in a matter of...

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DIY: Succulent Tree
Dec02

DIY: Succulent Tree

The succulent tree. The succulent tree is the ideal tree for anyone who wants to look like a total hipster this Christmas. You may or may not have noticed… succulents and cacti are still pretty on-trend. What I like about this succulent tree idea is that no only is it pretty to look at, the plants won’t die and at the end of Christmas you can pull your tree apart and pot the succulents up. Potted plants make great gift...

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Gardening For The Soul
Sep20

Gardening For The Soul

  When I was eighteen my succulent committed suicide. I had spent the day at the Royal Melbourne Botanical Gardens visiting my favourite plant collections (the arid garden and the tropical glasshouse) and when I returned home my pet succulent had leaped from the window ledge and was scattered across the floor. Some folks had a sneaking suspicion my housemates cat had knocked it down as a revenge attack for the fact that I would...

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DIY: How to Grow Succulents
Feb16

DIY: How to Grow Succulents

  This isn’t really a DIY post more just a few little tips on how to grow your own succulents for little-to-no cost. Unlike cacti succulents are pretty darn easy to grow and you don’t need to spend a fortune getting yourself some house plants. In order to get yourself a pointers worthy succulent garden you may need a few tools. Succulent thieving gusto (or a balaclava and nightfall if you aren’t able to muster...

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DIY: Terrarium
Aug22

DIY: Terrarium

As it is science week and my job basically involves growing plants in glass jars I have decided to share some terrarium tips. Terrariums are a great way to capture some greenery in the home without the mess of a pot plant, and are a really low maintenance way of keeping a ‘garden’. To Make a Terrarium You will Need: A container or vessel to hold your plant Gloves (potting mix and charcoal are a bit yuck) Potting Mix (see...

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