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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.
Welcome baby ducklings

Welcome baby ducklings

Have you got close to a pair of ducks lately and been hissed or flapped at? It’s a sure sign that Spring is here and nesting season, and the first of the ducklings are now appearing. I was recently riding along the main Yarra Trail at Banyule Flats and saw a pair of...

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Soil and climate change – part 1

Soil and climate change – part 1

Emissions of carbon dioxide from agriculture constitute around 20% of Australia’s total CO2 emissions. Cow farts get a lot of publicity, but the real concern is in the degradation of our soil. Soil underpins the productive wealth of Australian agriculture. We rely on...

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Bikes in Banyule

Bikes in Banyule

What an incredible machine the bicycle is. Using a relatively small expenditure of energy, it is possible to travel considerable distances for commuting or pleasure. Once the original machines, such as penny farthings were given a chain drive and two equal-sized...

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We need to talk about…your green waste bin

We need to talk about…your green waste bin

Doing the right thing with household waste can seem like a simple thing. But waste management is a complex beast and it’s easy to get things mixed up. When you combine products claiming to be compostable, varying council rules and throw in human error, stuff ends up...

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Growing the humble radish

Growing the humble radish

Easy and quick to grow from seed Can be grown all year round Plant every couple of weeks for a continuous supply Radishes need finely tilled soil 20 - 30cm deep Prepare garden soil by tilling the soil to at least 20 to 30cm deep, depending on the variety you are...

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Eating the humble radish

Eating the humble radish

I remember my mother made radish roses for the salad on Sundays during the summer with the other produce from our garden. Lettuce, cucumber, tomatoes, spring onions and beetroot were the mainstays. We also grew peas and beans, but they were only eaten with meat and...

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September garlic hint

September garlic hint

In September, garlic bulbs will be swelling. This is the time to make sure they are watered deeply twice a week, well mulched and weed free. Spray with a seaweed solution (not a nitrogen based fertiliser) such as Seasol about every 3 weeks. Protect from cockatoos with...

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Sustainable Macleod Kids

Sustainable Macleod Kids

Sustainable Macleod Kids, a group for parents, grandparents, other family members and associated kids, is about to be launched on Facebook today. This is a private group for paid (adult) members of Sustainable Macleod to join on behalf of themselves and their kids,...

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Your plastic free ideas and resources

Your plastic free ideas and resources

Last month we posted 31 daily tips, resources and ideas from members for Plastic Free July on our social media accounts (Facebook and Instagram). We appreciate that not all members use social media, so here is a wrap-up of some of the ideas and resources for...

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Ribbit ribbit, what frog is that?

Ribbit ribbit, what frog is that?

As spring approaches, more and more frogs can be heard calling. Because they’re so good at camouflaging themselves, you’re much more likely to hear a frog than see one. There are plenty of frogs local to Macleod. Once you know the sounds you’re listening for, it’s not...

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