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Edible Flowers

Many plants in your garden have flowers that can be used as a garnish to your food. Here is a list that has some well known plants you may not have known you can use in this way.

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Garden Problems - Space Invaders (Root Invasion)

Root competition for your garden beds is a problem that is overlooked by many gardeners. If your plants are struggling, do some investigation and discover if this is an issue for you. Follow our handy tips if you're about to establish a new garden.

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Tomato Contest 2016

It's on again! The Tomato Contest for 2016 - are your home grown tomatoes good? Better than good?
Why not put them to the test and see how they rate against other home grown tomatoes?
There are great prizes to be won; and bragging rights of course - but all in the spirit of fun.
Entries must be delivered to The Green Life Soil Co by 4.00pm, Sunday, 31st January.

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Watering your Lawn in Summer

Summer in Perth can be a difficult time for your lawn; but before expensive and difficult lawn repairs are needed, conduct a simple test (explained here) to see whether it's as simple as insufficient water being delivered by your retic.

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Tomato Contest 2015

How good are home grown tomatoes? How good are YOURS? Enter our Tomato contest and see what our celebrity judge, Theo Kalogeracos from Little Caesars Pizzeria thinks! Win gardening prizes, books, pizza vouchers & raise money for charity.

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Selecting the Best Lawn for Your Needs

Lawn can be a great asset to your home, giving you an area outside for entertaining, and a play area for kids and animals. The trick to being ‘green’ with having a lawn is to (a) not have too much – think about what you will use. If you’re not going to use it, then there will probably be a better option. And (b) selecting the correct grass for the job.

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Lawn Care in Winter

Winter is for raking, sweeping, recycling and re-evaluation of lawns.  Below Nick Bell (turf expert) has given us tips to keep your lawn in top shape at this time of year:

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Spring & Summer Turf Care

Spring is a wonderful bounteous season when everything in the garden is eager to grow. Soil is becoming warmer, the nights are losing their chill, and the earth is bursting with energy. It is the time of the year to harness Mother Nature’s energy to help rejuvenate your lawn and prepare it for the approaching summer.

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Wicking Beds

A wicking bed has been described as "a self watering pot on steroids". It is a way of growing plants where water wicks up from an ungerground water reservoir by capillary action. Water use can be reduced by up to 50% from conventional growing systems, as evaporation is significantly reduced.

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Feeding Your Soil

Once you have created a healthy, living soil, your plants are going to thrive. It's the micro-organisms in the soil, and their complex relationships with each other and your plants that make nutrients available for growth.

Here we look at some of the common soil improvers organic gardeners use, with some pro’s and con’s of each.

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Propagation Tips & Tricks - grow your own plants for free!

At some stage of your growing journey you will be keen to try your hand at propagation. There are lots of reasons – perhaps someone you know has a lovely plant growing and you can’t find it in a nursery. Or maybe you’re just up for a challenge and want to try something new!

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Growing from Seed

Growing or propagating from seed is something many vegetable gardeners do. It is usually cheaper than buying seedlings, and raising your own seed has the advantage of giving you more control – over exactly how your seeds are raised, and how many you choose to grow at any one time.

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Keeping Chickens

Keeping a few chooks in the backyard is a fantastic thing to do! Whether you research and source some of the rare and lovely old fashioned breeds, or whether you save some commercial Isa Browns from a life in a commercial chicken farm, they will provide you with hours of entertainent!

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Growing Herbs & Vegies for Chickens

As part of a permaculture system, having chooks is a fantastic way to go. They supply you with eggs, help get rid of food scraps which may otherwise simply go in the bin, and produce manure which (when allowed to age) is fantastic to use on your garden to feed your plants!

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Wildlife Gardens

As autumn approaches, it is time to start planning your winter garden. As well as vegies and edibles, consider whether you have room to plant some native shrubs around your yard!

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Organic Weed Control

Weeds are a fact of life in the garden. However, we don't need to use toxic chemicals to get rid of them. Here are some tried and true ways to keep them under control in an organic garden.

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Feeding Worms & using worm castings

The short answer is ‘anything that was once living’. However, meat and bread isn’t great to put in a worm farm as it will attract rodents and be quite smelly. Other than that, many household scraps can be fed to worms - they are excellent recyclers!

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Keeping Live Worms

Worms are a fantastic addition to an organic garden. They help break down food scraps & compost waste, and in return provide worm castings, which are full of beneficial microbes that improve your soil. When feeding your worms, the secret to success is to feed them only what they can consume in 2 - 3 days.

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Planting Bare Rooted Trees

Winter is the traditional time to plant deciduous trees. They are dormant at this time, meaning you can also transplant specimens which need to be moved. Here are a few tips to help get them off to a great start as the weather warms up and they begin to put on new growth in Spring.

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Pest and Disease Control Recipes

Make Your Own Simple Sprays And Treatments. A range of natural and Certified Organic pest control products, and general garden supplies are available on our online shop.

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Liquid Fertiliser

Liquid teas are like a protein shake for your garden. They are quickly taken up, help stimulate microbial activity in the soil and can quickly address nutrient difficiencies. They are best used in conjunction with good organic soil building techniques to provide optimal growing conditions over the long term. Liquid teas can be made easily and cheaply at home!

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Green Manure

Green Manures are crops grown specifically for turning back into the soil to increase its organic matter content (provide humus).

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Fruit Fly - Tips for Organic Control in the home garden

Fruit fly are an incredibly annoying pest - they can destroy a range of fruit and vegetable crops in a very short space of time. It is heartbreaking to be nurturing a fruit tree for years, sustained by the anticipation of your first juicy fruit only to have your dream shattered by a tiny, flying bug and its larvae.

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Diatomaceous Earth (DE)

Diatomaceous earth is made from the remains of tiny single celled algae called diatoms, which make shells for themselves out of silica. When the diatoms die, the shells settle on the bottom of sea or lake beds and fossilize into a soft, chalky rock like substance.

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Lawn Care Tips

Lawn can be a great asset to your home, giving you an area outside for entertaining, and a play area for kids and animals. They can be eco-friendly, too! Yes - really! Here's how:...

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Mulch your Veggie Patch

As the weather is warming up, you really should be thinking about mulching your garden.
Vegie gardens are a little bit special...

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Turn Sand into Soil

Growing in Perth's sandy soils is a huge challenge, and according to the results of a recent customer survey, it is one of the biggest frustrations faced by many of our customers.

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Summer Garden Survival

This early part of the year brings some challenges for gardeners. It’s that time when we want to be picking fresh salads daily, however keeping a productive veggie patch is tough with soaring temperatures and drying winds.

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Companion Planting

Companion planting is the careful placement of plants (especially vegetables and herbs) which have been shown to have beneficial effects on one another. Sometimes, this comes down to simple physical reasons – taller plants provide shelter from sun and wind for plants that need protection...

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Crop Rotation

Crop rotation is a simple procedure that involves not planting the same crop in the same soil for a period of years. Depending on space available, the minimum recommended time is two years, while some gardeners prefer a rotation of up to six years...

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Mulch - What, How, Why!

Mulch is essential in our hot summers to protect the roots of plants, and to conserve precious moisture levels in the soil. There are three types of mulches...

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Soil pH

Many gardeners are not aware of how the pH of their soil can affect the growth and health of their plants. Even what the initials ‘pH’ stand for (potential hydrogen) sounds too scientific and confusing for many people. However, you don’t need a science degree – in reality a basic understanding of the principles involved will help you out.

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Soil Fertility - the Essentials

WA's ancient soils are devoid of many nutrients. If you have ever tried growing in gutless Bassendean black sand you will be painfully aware just how hard it is...

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Planning a New Garden

Are you interested in growing your own vegetables and herbs, but not sure what do? Hopefully we can give you some tips and inspiration here to get you started. If you are nervous, start small!

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Organic Growing

Organic growing is about working with nature. Organic gardens evolve over time, as you begin to let a natural balance occur. This means avoiding the use of any 'cides' in your garden... herbicides, fungicides, insecticides, etc. and encouraging natural predators (birds and beneficial insects), stimulating soil life (by adding rich organic matter), and planting to suit the season and local environment...

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Nematodes

Nematodes are microscopic worm like creatures that live in soil. In fact, they are the most numerous multi-celled creature on earth, found on every continent...

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Water - the stuff of life!

Nothing can survive without water - and in summer, it is vital to your garden! We've got some great tips to help you get the most from this precious resource. Use water wisely and you can have a wonderful, healthy garden over the hottest months. Our Top 10 Watering Tips are right here:-

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Keeping Chooks

Chickens are the ultimate addition to the backyard! Providing you with eggs, entertainment, chook poop for your compost, pest control - they are wonderful! You don't need much room for a few chickens, although you may need to check with your Shire to see what regulations (if any) are in place. But be warned - they are known as 'the gateway animal' to backyard farming!

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Magic Mushroom Mulch!

Mushroom compost is a dark, moist wonderful product to incorporate into your garden. It contains major and minor nutrients in a slow release form, improves soil structure, conserves soil moisture and is Certified Organic!

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When Life Gives You Lemons!

When life gives you lemons - the saying is 'make lemonade'. That's just ONE thing you can do with these wonderful fruit. Here I will share some of my tried and true easy recipe favourites.

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Natural pest & disease control in a winter garden

Winter - with the extra moisture around - is a time where we need to be on the look out. Here's some ideas...

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Fertilisers - why we use them

Fertilisers are a way of feeding up plants, providing nutrients which the plant needs to function. This fact sheet explains the differences between fertilisers, and explains the best time to feed different types of plants in your garden.

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Compost - The Essentials

Compost is decomposed organic material and it is important that everyone recycles their garden & kitchen waste, as it reduces landfill and saves transporting waste to landfill sites.

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