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