Butterflies are worth encouraging into your garden. There's a range of plants you can grow to attract beneficial butterflies.
The majority of Australian ladybirds are beneficial. But there’s a handful of ladybird species that are far from helpful. It’s important to be able to distinguish the good guys from the bad – because you don’t want to accidentally squish one of your garden helpers.
I'm making weed tea. In a couple of weeks' time I'll have bucketfuls of stinky liquid fertiliser, rich in minerals and microbes, ready to boost the productivity and resilience of my garden. Turning weeds into nutrient-rich liquid fertiliser is a great way to use a resource that may have otherwise gone to waste.
I've challenged myself to spend an hour in the garden each day for the whole of spring. Time in the garden is good for our health, wellbeing - and can even increase our longevity. Here's eight reasons why its a good idea to get out in the garden each day.
My first sweetcorn seeds for the season have gone into the ground. I've sown two varieties so far and will be planting at least another three. I didn't plan to grow so much corn, but I couldn't resist. A corn and maize conservation project run by Greenpatch Organic Seeds is now in its third year and Australian gardeners can start to reap its rewards.