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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.