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Dave's Garden Articles: By Ian Maxwell

Sunday, June 22, 2014

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Australian Wildflowers: Banksias
By Ian Maxwell (GranvilleSouth)

Banksias are one of Australia's most diverse & beautiful flowering plants. They bloom in every colour imagineable & range in form from small trees to shrubs & creepers. Read on & find out why you want to grow banksias.

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Thursday, July 11, 2013

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Top Australian Trees: #1 The Temperate Southern States
By Ian Maxwell (GranvilleSouth)

Meet Xanthorrhoea, Blue Gums & the ancient Wollemi as we travel from Dreamtime to modern discovery in search of of Australia's most beautiful & significant trees.

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Friday, May 17, 2013

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Gardening by the Moon
By Ian Maxwell (GranvilleSouth)

The balance of all things in nature starts with the sun & moon. Like male & female, these heavenly counterparts dance together & lead the rhythm of life. Since earliest times people have observed such natural cycles, striving to comprehend the critical disequilibrium they represent. In this way, moon phases have served as reliable cues for the marking of time over thousands of years. Closer examination however, reveals vital lunar connections that run deeper than many are aware. Discover our mother moon in a different light as we explore ways to garden by her guidance.

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Sunday, October 7, 2012

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Top Australian Trees: #2 Tropical Queensland
By Ian Maxwell (GranvilleSouth)

Meet Bunya Pines, Flame Trees & Macadamias as we continue the search for Australia's most beautiful & significant trees.

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Friday, February 17, 2012

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Basic Photography in the Garden & the Wild
By Ian Maxwell (GranvilleSouth)

For many of us, gardening & photography go as naturally together as birds & bees. Whether you wish to show off what you have laboured to make beautiful, supply quality images for DG's Plant Files or just want another excuse to potter around the garden, taking beautiful photographs is a great way to go. Here clumsy, automatic cameras will be left behind as we go through the basics of manual photography & learn how we can easily take attractive & original pictures with even the most basic cameras.

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Thursday, September 16, 2010

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Azolla: A Genuine Super Plant
By Ian Maxwell (GranvilleSouth)

Time for a look at a little plant with a big future

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Friday, August 27, 2010

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Cannaceae: More than meets the eye
By Ian Maxwell (GranvilleSouth)

Whether as Canna Lilies, Indian Shot, Queensland Arrowroot or just plain Cannas, most gardeners are familar with species of the Cannaceae genus or Canna family. They are a very popular ornamental with a practically endless range of showy hybrids, a long history as a source of beads for jewelry-makers & a lesser known potential as an important food crop. Love them or hate them, they are hardy & versatile plants with an interesting history & a big future.

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Wednesday, May 12, 2010

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Let's Make Ginger Beer
By Ian Maxwell (GranvilleSouth)

We've been introduced to common hinger & shown how to grow it. Now it is time to take a closer look at the ginger families & one of the most popular ways of using this fragrant herb.

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Sunday, May 25, 2008

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Liquid Teracotta
By Ian Maxwell (GranvilleSouth)

Time for a look at an interesting range of products with great potential for gardeners

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Friday, May 23, 2008

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Genetic Use Restriction Technology: Seeds of Destruction?
By Ian Maxwell (GranvilleSouth)

Genetic Use Restriction Technology (GURT) is a controversial topic. On one hand, seed companies argue that GURT is necessary & offers advantages to growers. On the other, forms of GURT such as suicide seeds have been labelled a threat to diversity & the autonomy of agricultural producers around the world. Let's take a look at this issue & some of the controversy that surrounds it.

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Saturday, May 17, 2008

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A Further Look at Mycorrhizas
By Ian Maxwell (GranvilleSouth)

A return to the world of mycorrhizal relationships. Again we explore life beneath the soil, as we take a look at vital connections between plants & fungi.

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Saturday, May 10, 2008

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A Budget Greenhouse Solution
By Ian Maxwell (GranvilleSouth)

Unless you live in the tropics, you need a greenhouse. The problem of course, is the cost as permanent greenhouses sell for thousands of dollars. There is a way out though, that allows gardeners on even the tightest budget to enjoy a little piece of tropicana. All you need to do is spend a little, bend your back & apply some imagination.

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Tuesday, May 6, 2008

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My Wild Pavonia
By Ian Maxwell (GranvilleSouth)

This is the story of a wild flower I found last summer. At first I thought it was a weed, but with some care it turned out to be an attractive & hardy addition to my garden.

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Friday, April 25, 2008

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Ants In Your Plants
By Ian Maxwell (GranvilleSouth)

Rubiaceae, the Madder or Bedstraw family houses well known genera such as the Gardenias & Coffea (coffee). It is also home to many lesser known groups like the Ant Plants. Let's take a look at these curious epiphytes & some other plants around the world that make natural dwellings for ants.

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Sunday, March 30, 2008

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The Zodiac Garden
By Ian Maxwell (GranvilleSouth)

Following lunar phases in the garden is the first step down a more obscure path . According to occult gardeners, there is as much significance in the moon's traverse of the astrological wheel. Through both the Zodiac & Aristotle's system of four elements, fortunes in the garden are foretold in the stars. Or so some say. Old wives' tales or esoteric wisdom? It's time to explore this next level & find out for ourselves.

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