Jian Liu's homemade raised beds.
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Building your own raised beds

There are many ways we can save money within our gardens, here Jian Liu shares her tips for making your own raised beds using locally sourced ‘waste’ products. 

Once you've established your garden, there's plenty of chances to save.
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Grow and save!

Growing your own organic food is a money-saving option, even when starting from scratch.

Handy tools for your garden
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Handy tools for your garden

When it comes to small hand tools, such as trowels, Penny Woodward says look for comfort and durability to last you a gardening lifetime.

Ensure run off from gutters flows into garden beds or water tanks.
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Collecting rainwater for your garden

Collecting your own rainwater is not only good for the environment, plants love it, writes Jessamy Miller.

The polycarbonate greenhouse in Jian Liu's Melbourne backyard.
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Managing your greenhouse microclimate

Adding a greenhouse to your garden can take your food growing to another level, writes Jian Liu.

Heeling in bare-rooted trees
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Heeling in bare-rooted trees

If you have a bunch of bare-rooted trees and can’t plant them quickly, you can do what’s called ‘heeling in’: Penny Woodward explains the process here. Plus, basic tips from Karen Sutherland.

worm farm
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How to make a worm farm

You can use a bath, trough, sink or even a large tin to make a worm farm, says Penny Woodward

Jian Liu's food forest in Melbourne.
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What is a food forest?

A permaculture concept, a food forest promises a self-sustaining system that produces an abundance of food – if designed well. Here's why Jian Liu created one in her Melbourne backyard.

Plan your vegie bed in layers to make the most of space.
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Top 5 tips for gardening success in a small space

Small gardens can be incredibly productive and Jian Liu has 5 tips to help you get more out of your limited space.

Know your stuff
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Know your stuff

Penny Woodward's glossary of organic gardening terms is a useful reference for all gardeners, from novices to the experienced harvesters out there.

Hairy flower wasps are pollinators and parasites of beetle grubs.
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Encouraging good wasps in your garden

Despite their fearsome reputations, wasps, with a few exceptions, are pollinators and can help keep pests away. Denis Crawford takes a closer look at some of the goodies.

Heirloom pumpkins
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Why grow heirlooms?

Heirloom edibles are important to our survival, and that of the planet. That's why our horticultural editor, Penny Woodward, loves growing them. Find out why ...