• How to Grow Oyster Mushrooms at Home

    How to Grow Oyster Mushrooms at Home

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    Oyster mushrooms are some of the easiest varieties of mushrooms to grow.  Popular in many Asian style cuisines like donabe pots or other stews, oyster mushrooms hold their integrity well in soups. These delicious mushrooms also act as an excellent meat replacement because of their chewy texture and tasty size. Oyster mushrooms are soft with a bittersweet aroma reminiscent of anise. When cooked, they...
  • World Bee Day: Growing a Bee Friendly Garden

    World Bee Day: Growing a Bee Friendly Garden

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    A bee friendly garden is a place that can provide food, shelter, and a nesting space for insect pollinators, such as honey bees and our many varieties of native bees, as well as increasing the biodiversity of your garden. It is also a beautiful place to sit and observe nature in action. Pollinators are critical to a successful edible garden and an optimal bee...
  • Poppies: Flowers of Remembrance

    Poppies: Flowers of Remembrance

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    In Australia and other countries of the Commonwealth, we recognise the red poppy as the commemorative flower of remembrance. The flower reminds us of those who lost their lives or suffered in wars and conflicts. The History of Poppies as Symbols of Remembrance Wearing a poppy with pride is a tradition that began in the early 1900s, after World War I. During World War...
  • Project 76: Farmer Alana's Veggie Garden

    Project 76: Farmer Alana's Veggie Garden

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    Hi, I’m Alana! Some people call me Farmer Alana, and you might have also heard of me as FRANK The Artist. Over the past few years, I’ve been experimenting with being a hyperlocal agent of change in my community, Vic Park. I ran Give a Damn for a while, a grassroots campaign to get rid of single-use plastics, and the Common Ground Garden at...
  • How To Grow Great Garlic from Cloves

    How To Grow Great Garlic from Cloves

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    We love how easy garlic is to grow, and how deliciously rewarding the end result is! March, April, and May are the perfect months to plant cloves of most garlic varieties (including local Purple Striped Garlic) in Perth to yield mouth-watering full bulbs in Spring. It really is so rewarding to have each little clove you plant turn into a whole new, full bulb!...
  • VIDEO: The Fail-Safe Way To Grow Potatoes (Growing Potatoes In Bags)

    VIDEO: The Fail-Safe Way To Grow Potatoes (Growing Potatoes In Bags)

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       Learn the easiest way to grow potatoes at home in this video where Alana from the Vic Park Community Centre interviews Jo from Urban Revolution on back-yard potato growing. You can find everything you need on our Vic Park or online store, including certified disease-free seed potatoes, potato grow bags, straw mulch, mature compost, harvesting scoops and potato brushes.   Learn more ways...
  • Everything You Need To Know About Growing Potatoes

    Everything You Need To Know About Growing Potatoes

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    While store-bought potatoes are readily available all year round, nothing beats the flavour of the home grown version. Potatoes can be grown in most climates if you choose a suitable variety. They can be grown in the ground, in pots, or in bags, making them a great choice no matter how much growing room you have.  This potato growing video has lots of useful...
  • What to Plant in Perth: Bunuru

    What to Plant in Perth: Bunuru

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    The indigenous season of Bunuru, also known as "Second Summer", falls in February - March and is the hottest time of the year with little to no rain. Hot easterly winds continue with a cooling sea breeze most afternoons if you're lucky enough to be close to the coast. Traditionally for the Noongar people this was, and still is, a great time for living...
  • What to Plant in Birak: Tips for Successful Summer Veggie Gardens in Perth

    What to Plant in Birak: Tips for Successful Summer Veggie Gardens in Perth

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    The Noongar Season of Birak (December - January) is represented by the colour red which symbolises heat, sun and fire. During Birak, the rain eases and the hot weather really starts to take hold. The afternoons are cooled a little with the sea breezes from the south west. Traditionally this was the fire season for Noongar people and they would burn the country in...
  • Top Tips for Growing Perfect Pumpkins

    Top Tips for Growing Perfect Pumpkins

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    Prized for their gorgeous golden flesh and delicious nutty flavour, pumpkins are delicious roasted, made into soup or thrown into salads. Pumpkins are easily stored in a cool dark place for months after harvest, so it’s well-worth growing your own and using throughout the year.   What are the health benefits of eating pumpkin? Pumpkins are part of the Cucurbitaceae or squash family. Most...
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