Creating a raised vegetable garden

Using the lasagne layering technique to fill raised vegetable beds is easy, cheaper and faster than shoveling piles of dirt!

Chloe’s using some Birdies Veggie Grow Crates to create some instant veggie gardens in her backyard. The best way to fill these ready for planting up is using the lasagne or layering technique – this also means you can create raised vegetable gardens quickly, easily and very little soil. You’ll need: – straw – lucerne straw – veggie soil mix – cow manure – pelletised chicken manure – eco-aminogro & eco-flo dolomite.

NOTE – these Veggie Grow Crates – do actually come with a false bottom that can reduce the dept of the bed to approx 30 centimetres. So if you want to get the crates and JUST fill them with veggie soil mix (eg. not do the lasagne layinering technique) then go with this option.

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Growing tomatoes in containers

Got a space space? And what to grow tomatoes? YES YOU CAN! Melissa’s got all the tips and tricks you’ll need to get growing tomatoes in a small space, garden or balcony.

There are also some great new release varieties from Oasis Horticulture that you’ll want to try at your place this season. Growing tomatoes is easy and rewarding – so get planting tomatoes NOW for a bumper summer crop.

Companion planting & attracting beneficial bugs

Learning how to use companion plants and how to attract beneficial bugs to your garden will  improve your fruit and veg pollination AND help defend your precious crops against pest and disease attack.

In this video Chloe takes you through some simple steps to create a beneficial bug friendly garden at your place. Using good bug attracting plants and flowers.

Not sure which are the good bugs and which are the bad one? No probs grab a copy of The Garden Guardians book and you’ll be a bug ID pro in no time!

If you’ve gone to the effort of attracting beneficial insects into your garden, then you don’t want to kill them with nasty insecticide sprays. So always choose a bug safe certified organic spray – we love the range from eco organic garden.

Winter Garden Care & Winter Garden Jobs

There is still plenty of work to do in your winter garden. So complete a few simple winter garden jobs now and your garden will be blooming mad come spring!

Natures Medicine Chest

Tis’ the season for coughs and sniffles, but don’t worry Melissa ‘s got you covered with Natures Medicine Chest with plants from Oasis Horticulture & PGA Plants.

Growing your own herbs and medicinal plants to help boost your immune system and treat symptoms of the common cold is a must this winter. Melissa has all the tips and top plants to include in your natures medicine planter.