Getting started

Jian Liu's Melbourne garden is a productive space, teeming with life and colour.

Gardening success in Melbourne

November 2021

Jian Liu has gone from a Beijing concrete jungle to a lush Melbourne backyard, where she and her husband have created a wonderful food forest.

Araucana lay unusual green eggs.

Choosing a chook house

June 2021

Life is much richer in this Melbourne household with a few chooks added to the mix – here's some tips Jian Liu learnt about making a home for chickens so everyone is happy.

Pre-sprouting is useful for ensuring all seeds are viable.

Pre-sprouting peas

June 2021

Pea plants don’t like being transplanted, so it’s best to sow seeds directly. However, you can use biodegradable pots or pre-sprout seed, as Karen Sutherland explains here.

Spring is the best time to plant lime trees.

How to protect limes from pests

October 2020

Limes look gorgeous in your garden and add a tasty tang to meals in your kitchen -- so you don't want pests getting to them before you do.

Bee protected

April 2019

Is your fear of being stung holding you back from keeping bees? Kelly Lees explains how you can care for your bees safely.

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