Useful Links – Smart Gardens

Coming out of spring into summer, it’s time to get back out into the garden and get it ready for the hot weather to come. Luckily, we have some useful links to make it easier for you to find the information you’re looking for. We have some great websites and books to get your brain into gardening gear.

 

Books:
"The Green Gardener" by Josh ByrneByrne, J (2006) The Green Gardener, Penguin Australia

More and more people are looking for practical ways to do something about critical environmental problems such as global warming, water shortage, the loss of biodiversity, and chemical-laden food. In this timely and very down-to-earth book, Gardening Australia presenter Josh Byrne shows how you can contribute to a cleaner, greener world in your own backyard

 
"Organic Fruit Growing" by Annette McFarlaneMcFarlane, A (2001) Organic Vegetable Gardening, ABC Books

Best-selling author Annette McFarlane takes on organic fruit growing in a companion book to her enduring classic Organic Vegetable Gardening. In this practical, no-fail guide, Annette makes fruit growing easy with advice.
Complete with profiles of 60 shrubs, vines and trees, including unusual fruits such as carambola, grumichama and granadilla, and specific advice on how to best manage their requirements, Organic Fruit Growing will show you, whether a novice or experienced gardener, how to supply family, friends and neighbours with fruit all year round.

 

"Composting" by Tim Marshall

 

Marshall, T (2003) Recycle Your Garden, ABC Books

 

This book tells you what you need to know about recycling in your own backyard. In explaining how composting works, Tim Marshall covers many other subjects: how to build a foolproof heap and maintain it well; how to source a wide range of suitable materials apart from kitchen and green waste; and how compost will improve your soil. Other features include sections on biodynamic composting methods, compost methods for different climates and how to maintain a thriving worm colony. There are also many suggestions about ways of using the rich, crumbly organic matter your compost will produce.

 
Websites:
ACF&CGNAustralian City Farms and Community Gardens

Australian City Farms and Community Gardens is an informal, community-based organisation linking people interested in community gardening around Australia.
Seed SaversSeed Savers

The seed savers are a group of tireless individuals sharing knowledge about locally adapted seed collection and sharing. It’s a great group and a wonderful way to make sure your garden produces the best produce for your area.

Water CorporationWaterwise Plants

The Waterwise plants for W.A.Database will help you find water wise plants that grow best where you live.