January 2017

Published a story 23rd Jan 2017 3:31 PM

AS THE mercury hits 37°C, you may find yourself wishing that your garden had more "cool” aspects, like man-made or natural shade, or even a water feature.

Great way to escape the heat

AS THE mercury hits 37°C, you may find yourself wishing that your garden had more "cool” aspects, like man-made or natural shade, or even a water feature.

Published a story 9th Jan 2017 11:30 AM

EVER fancied keeping chooks in the backyard? Alison Paterson shares her story about the awesome girls Feather Riot, who lived in Cluckingham Palace.

Meet the Feather Riot, the girls of Cluckingham Palace

EVER fancied keeping chooks in the backyard? Alison Paterson shares her story about the awesome girls Feather Riot, who lived in Cluckingham Palace.

Published a story 2nd Jan 2017 1:13 PM

FROM composting more to learning how to propagate, our gardening writer lists the 10 things she wants to achieve in her backyard over the next 12 months.

Have you considered turning over a new leaf?

FROM composting more to learning how to propagate, our gardening writer lists the 10 things she wants to achieve in her backyard over the next 12 months.

December 2016

Published a story 19th Dec 2016 12:16 PM

AS we move increasingly towards chemical-free produce, seasonally enjoyed, you will be well ahead of the trend if you start growing your own food plants now.

Let it grow, let it grow, let it grow

AS we move increasingly towards chemical-free produce, seasonally enjoyed, you will be well ahead of the trend if you start growing your own food plants now.

Published a story 15th Dec 2016 5:20 AM

IT'S THE development that has divided a town, made enemies of friends, and set tongues wagging.

Opinion split on North Coast food hub

IT'S THE development that has divided a town, made enemies of friends, and set tongues wagging.

Published a story 13th Dec 2016 7:07 AM

ROMANTIC that I am, I adore gardenias. And, right now, there's been a lovely bloom of these bushes across the area which is typical of the plant.

Gardening: Blooms in time for Christmas

ROMANTIC that I am, I adore gardenias. And, right now, there's been a lovely bloom of these bushes across the area which is typical of the plant.

Published a story 6th Dec 2016 10:45 AM

WE thought it was about time we busted some green fallacies. So we asked our gardening expert, Leon Coventry, for some advice.

Some common garden myths

WE thought it was about time we busted some green fallacies. So we asked our gardening expert, Leon Coventry, for some advice.

November 2016

Published a story 14th Nov 2016 12:43 PM

EVERY gardener knows that one of the most precious resources for a healthy vegetable or flower patch is water.

How to save water while maintaining a gorgeous garden

EVERY gardener knows that one of the most precious resources for a healthy vegetable or flower patch is water.

Published a story 7th Nov 2016 5:32 PM

RIGHT now my lawn is full of bindis. I've used the garden spade to remove many, but I refuse to spray with poisons for health reasons.

Now's the time to say goodbye to unwanted visitors

RIGHT now my lawn is full of bindis. I've used the garden spade to remove many, but I refuse to spray with poisons for health reasons.

Published a story 1st Nov 2016 5:11 AM

ONCE it was a cow paddock. Today it is a meandering collection of conifers, native woodland, variegated plants, palms, succulents and other delights.

Gardening: Plantings create nature haven

ONCE it was a cow paddock. Today it is a meandering collection of conifers, native woodland, variegated plants, palms, succulents and other delights.

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I am an editor with a broad range of interests including well-being, the environment, politics, lifestyle issues, social trends, sex and relationships and community. I am also a qualified counsellor and permaculturist, a dog lover and a yogi. I have written two books, Sex, Optimism and Surviving the 21st Century (Harper Collins) and Slow Sydney (Affirm Press). I love new ideas and people who think outside the box . I enjoy working in a close-knit community.