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Here you'll find our FREE Guides and Tips to help you grow a better, greener garden! Sometimes, it's definitely good to know how to grow specific vegetables, especially here in PERTH, Western Australia. Trial and error could take years, but a little bit of advice from locals who know how to grow in Perth conditions, goes a long way.
Learn tips from the local gardening experts at the Green Life Soil Co.
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.
Summer is a tough time to garden in Perth. Based on feedback from our Facebook page, Here's a list of the top 7 issues our customers face in summer - and if they're issues you're facing, you might find a solution or two to try.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Ready to grow a veggie or herb? Learn tips how to do it right for Perth.
Beetroots come in all shapes and sizes today but the most common is the round deep red coloured beets. They also come in different colours – yellow, white and candy striped. If you have not grown beetroot before, start with a variety that is easy to grow such as Detroit. You can progress to some of the more exotic varieties later such as Chioggia and Cylindria.
Sweet potatoes originate from tropical central and South America, but they grow very well year round in Perth (unless you happen to live in frost prone areas. In colder regions, they can still be grown throughout the warmer months.)
Things like water cress, Lebanese cress, kang kong (water spinach), water chestnuts, edible taro, water parsley, water mint can be a great addition to your garden, and extend the range of greens you have available over summer. At a pinch, these are also worth growing in self watering pots, if you don’t have room for a pond.
One of the most rewarding plants a new gardener can try is Silverbeet! Reasonably quick to produce and easy to grow, you'll be able to regularly harvest your own healthy greens for months! Learn here a little more about growing this versatile vegie!
Potatoes are a member of the Solanaceae family, and as such are related to tomatoes, capsicum and eggplants – something to take into account if you are following crop rotation principles.
Basil is a native of India, South Asia and the Middle East, and is found growing well in tropical and sub tropical regions.
Garlic likes a humus rich soil which must be well drained. Plant the individual cloves (pointy side up!) at approx. the same depth as the bulb anytime from autumn to spring.
I personally like their nutty flavour, and creamy consistency. In my opinion, they are worth a try! They will be available in fruit & veg shops early winter, and grow very easily from the tubers you buy.
Paul grew up in the UK and his parents grew Kale in their garden. He has not-so-fond memories of being fed kale (with sideserving of caterpillar) breakfast, lunch and dinner throughout his childhood.
Microgreens are simply greens, lettuces, and herbs that are harvested when they are quite young -- generally when they are approximately 5 - 10cms tall.