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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.
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.
The 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.
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.
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!
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...
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:-
Winter - with the extra moisture around - is a time where we need to be on the look out. Here's some ideas...
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.
Compost is decomposed organic material & it's fantastic for your garden! It is important that everyone recycles their garden & kitchen waste, as it reduces landfill and saves transporting waste to landfill sites.
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.