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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.
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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Solar – who’s got your back?

Solar – who’s got your back?

Residential solar power is a great way of saving money and making a significant contribution to reducing the CO2 that Banyule produces. Banyule City Council declared a climate emergency in 2019, with the goal of making Banyule carbon neutral by 2040 and household...

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Growing great spuds part 2 – eating

Growing great spuds part 2 – eating

Wonderful things about potatoes include their varied skin and flesh colours, textures, tastes and variety of culinary options. No longer is a potato 'just a potato'. They are now known by name and carefully selected for their characteristics and uses. They are even...

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August garlic hint

August garlic hint

This hint covers the end of winter and the beginning of spring which have slightly different requirements. The first thing to do is observe your garlic plants and note whether there is any yellowing on the tips or on older leaves. If there is, spray with fish emulsion...

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Dirt and climate change

Dirt and climate change

Sustainable Macleod member Bev Middleton gave a terrific workshop on dirt and climate change, showing how it is possible for farmers to put carbon back into the soil. As well as helping deal with climate change, farms that follow the practices described are able to...

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