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Our blog features a variety of gardening and growing tips on topics such as soil biology, wicking bed construction, composting, grafting, pruning, water-saving and irrigation. Plus we regularly post recipes to help you make the most of the ‘seasonal glut’ and tips on how to live in a more sustainable way.
Good news about single use plastics

Good news about single use plastics

The blight of plastic pollution is a frequent reminder of our throw-away convenience culture. But in Victoria at least, the end is near for the pesky large and small single-use plastic items. From February 2023, the state government is banning from sale or supply...

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June garlic hint

June garlic hint

There is not much to do for garlic in June - it is now too late to plant it.  Presuming you have weeded, mulched and watered your patch, you have done all you need to.  Now it is time to wait until the shortest day after which garlic heads will develop. Garlic is...

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Urgent jobs in the garden for June

Urgent jobs in the garden for June

Make compost. Collect autumn leaves to make leaf litter or to add to compost. Mow the leaves before using. Add sparingly to compost as too much in a layer causes matting. Mix leaves well with other ingredients to prevent this. Net brassicas and Asian greens with...

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May Garlic Hint

May Garlic Hint

If you haven't already planted your garlic, do so immediately. You will only get small bulbs, if you plant later. Garlic must have time to develop roots and shoots before the shortest day of the year on 21 June. This is a 4 -6 week process. After that, lengthening...

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Quick composting of autumn leaves

Quick composting of autumn leaves

Nature is currently providing us with an abundance of raw nutrients for next season’s garden in the form of leaves and grass clippings, both excellent ingredients for composting. Deep rooted trees pull trace minerals from deep in the soil and deposit them in their...

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Hints for pressing and curing olives

Hints for pressing and curing olives

Suzy Sharpe, who designed and manages the Sustainable Macleod website, phoned me the other day with a question about olives that I could not answer. I then phoned David Strutt who has a wonderful olive grove at Arthurs Creek, and from whom Sustainable Macleod buys...

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Jagajaga Community Volunteer Awards

Jagajaga Community Volunteer Awards

Congratulations to Terry Cass, Patty Boxhall and Carol Wall who have received recognition in the Jagajaga Community Volunteer Awards for their hard work and extensive contribution to Sustainable Macleod. The awards were presented by Kate Thwaites, MP for Jagajaga, at...

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