Take a look at the fruit and veg section of your local supermarket. Usually, you’ll see endless crates of carrots, rows of apples all the same shape and size, and runner beans that look like they’ve been neatly made by a machine. Worse still, you might see all of that produce wrapped in enough plastic to make yourself a passable three-person tent. Chances are it’s been flown in from all over the world, from growers who use harmful pesticides and fertilisers which drain every ounce o..
Perhaps no industry has gone through the enormous range of changes that farming has over the years. Initially, everyone farmed in a small way: it was growing at least some food for the family or starve – meat was often a treat, saved for special occasions or the rich. Co-operative farming ventures and wealthy landlords saw farms grow and become profitable, able to focus on food crops that brought in the biggest return on investment. From there farming diversified massively. Subsistence..
After a long, sweaty, stressful commute at the end of another hectic yet predictable day at the desk, it's very easy to think there might be another way. And there just might be. A growing number of Australians are toying with the idea of buying a small farm that can be affordable and profitable whilst offering a completely different way of life. So if your dream is of the starriest of starry nights and the freshest of fresh air, a small farm could be just for you. But to ensure it will make mon..
Glass pool fencing looks fantastic around any pool area compared to traditional types of fences. This is especially true if it’s meant to provide an unobstructed view of the coastline or the rolling hills. However, if you are choosing between types of fencing, one question that springs to mind is "how do I clean a glass pool fence and keep that view crystal clear?". It's actually really easy. Don't let suggestions that glass fencing is hard to clean keep you from calling a f..
So for whatever reason, you have decided to install a garden fence in your yard or improve your existing fencing solution. It's just a matter of setting aside a Saturday afternoon, grabbing the materials and a hammer and getting to work, right? Not quite. Like all home improvements, you will need to carefully think it through and plan meticulously so that your vision becomes a reality, so here are some tips. What's the purpose of your new garden fence? The first thing to consider is what p..
What happens after you cut down a tree? You get a tree stump. If you're wondering what to do with a tree stump you're in the right place! We've rounded up some interesting tree stump ideas from tree stump coffee tables to amazing tree stump art and decorations. Tree stump ideas may make a nice addition to your backyard, but before we dive in a few tree stump tips are in order. Not all types of trees are suitable, wattle and palm tree stumps for example will rot or decay much faster than other..
There is nothing worse than trying to soak up some sunshine in your backyard while knowing that the rest of the world can see you at any moment. The lack of privacy can be quite frustrating, but luckily there are plenty of effective and cheap solutions you can implement in order to create your own private backyard oasis. Let’s take a look at some of the best backyard transformations out there. Grow a garden One of the most beautiful and effective view-blocking solutions is raising a gard..
If you’re a lucky owner of an inground fibreglass pool, then you’ve got it easier than the rest who have a concrete or vinyl pool because of the substantially lower maintenance requirements. Nonetheless, a fibreglass pool requires proper care and today you’re going to find out how to keep your swimming pool in mint condition year-round. Always use the cover You should cover up your pool whenever you’re not using it, no matter the season - it only takes a minute to uncover it in the..
Autumn is the ideal time to focus on your garden landscaping, particularly as the weather cools and it becomes much more pleasant to undertake the important tasks that will make your garden vibrant when Spring returns. [caption id="attachment_5379" align="aligncenter" width="850"] Source: Flickr[/caption] Here are some helpful Autumn gardening tips for Australian gardens. Fertilise your lawn Autumn is the best time to give your lawn a good feed, as the cooler nights have slowed down the..