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Good Gardens with Less Water

CSIRO PUBLISHING Gardening Guides

Kevin Handreck    

Colour photographs
176 pages, 240 x 190 mm
Publisher: CSIRO PUBLISHING


It is possible to have a great garden anywhere in Australia, even under the toughest water restrictions. Good Gardens with Less Water will show you how.

A companion to Kevin Handreck’s best-selling
Gardening Down-Under, this new book is a practical guide to gardening with limited water.


Natural Control of Garden Pests (Paperback) By (author) Jackie French



Companion Planting is a notebook of gardening tips compiled from Brenda Little's observations as well as suggestions from like-minded gardeners. Entertaining and often anecdotal, Brenda's notes are arranged alphabetically, allowing the reader to easily search for a particular plant or garden pest. Her summary of good and bad garden companions is a useful and quick reference tool for gardeners planting beds or containers of vegetables or herbs. In this age of increasing hostility towards chemical control of the food we eat, Companion Planting is the ideal guide to working with nature, to produce cabbages that squeak with health and beans that snap like gunshot.


Fabulous Food from Every Small Garden (CSIRO Publishing Gardening Guides Series




Join popular media personality and foodie Indira Naidoo as she embarks on a mission to transform her tiny thirteen-floor balcony into a bountiful kitchen garden.  She soon establishes a productive urban oasis that takes just ten minutes a day to maintain, yet provides her with an ever-changing selection of fresh fruit, herbs and vegetables.


Featuring 60 delicious recipes showcasing her home-grown produce, plus plenty of practical advice, The Edible Balcony charts a year in the life of Indira’s balcony garden and gives a season-by-season account of the triumphs and challenges she faces. This warm and engaging book will inspire even the most reluctant green thumbs to channel their inner gardeners and reconnect with nature, while also saving money and reducing their carbon footprint.

 Pest-Repellent Plants

The most useful pest-repellent plants for your garden, chosen by Australia's herb expert, Penny Woodward. No more expensive sprays that hill everything; no searching fruitlessly for safe solutions to your pest problems; no more fly or ant-infested houses or mosquito plagued barbecues. Penny has done the work for you. This full colour guide contains: Clear descriptions of pest repellent plants; Beautiful colour photos and Recipes for sprays, oils and dusting powders you can make. Pest-Repellent Plants will keep your plants healthy without harming your health.

 78 Garden Weeds

The first priority of weed management is preventing the introduction of weeds. This requires vigilance on behalf of the gardener. Mechanical weed removal is the first and cleanest option. Always prevent existing weeds from seeding. Investigate smothering crops that can be planted to out-compete weeds. Weeds love bare or disturbed soil. Best to mulch such areas or plant out green manure. If chemical control is the only option, proceed with care and follow instructions. Chose the least toxic herbicide. Investigate biological options. Disposing of weeds is a serious business. Don't just dump garden waste over the fence. The waste may contain seeds, suckers or bulbs which may re-grow. Place the material in a black plastic bag, seal the bag and bake in the sun for a few days. Some seeds need to be destroyed by burning them.

 Gardener's Companion to Weeds: How to Identify and Control More Than 150 Common Weeds and Invasive Plants in Australia

Shows how to identify and control more than 150 common weeds in Australia. Presented alphabetically for easy reference with clear colour pictures, this useful volume also features new up-to-date control methods.

 What Garden Pest or Disease is That?: Every Garden Problem Solved (The 'what' series)

What Garden pest or Disease is that?

 Keeping Ducks and Geese

This is a comprehensive and attractive lifestyle guide to keeping ducks and geese - from what to consider before buying them, how to house them, their welfare and even egg selection. It includes a detailed section on all of the common breeds of duck and goose, enabling you to make the right decision about which ones to choose. It features extensive information on planning and welfare, helping you to ensure that you have the right type of space and housing, and guidelines on how to deal with any eventuality, such as telling the neighbours, going away on holiday and cleaning. A lavish lifestyle section provides recipes for using the rich eggs, together with activities for all of the family including quill making, fairy stories and folklore and how ducks can help with sheepdog training. "Keeping Ducks and Geese" fuses contemporary lifestyle design and an authoritative text, to appeal not only to those who already keep waterfowl, but also to those who are thinking of having them or even just aspire to the self sufficient lifestyle they represent.

 Backyard Poultry Naturally

Perfect as micro-livestock for the edible backyard, the popularity of poultry is not surprising. However, good information about natural poultry care can be hard to come by. But this book has it all! Now in it's 3rd edition, Backyard Poultry - Naturally has become the bible for the chemical-free raising of your feathered friends. From housing to feeding, from selection to breeding, from pets to production, from the best lookers to the best layers, this book covers everything the backyard farmer needs to know about poultry husbandry - including preventative and curative herbal medicines and homeopathic remedies for common problems. What to plant in poultry yards, following permaculture principles, is also covered, the author being a permaculture farmer who is passionate about preserving the heritage breeds, many of which are in danger of extinction. This 3rd edition has now been completely updated and revised. New natural remedies have been, along with new breed photographs - and it is now in full colour!

 Backyard Beekeeping

There is room for a hive of bees in many a suburban garden and, as author Courtenay Smithers points out, there is always something special about eating honey from your own hives. The revised second edition of this book is written especially for those who would like to experience that healthy pleasure yet are unsure how to set about it. But Backyard Beekeeping is not simply a beginners' guide. It is a comprehensive reference for all wishing to keep healthy bees and produce delicious, honey. It provides essential information on the bees life cycle, the basic equipment required for 'beekeeping, where to position hives, and obtain a bee colony, how to care for a colony and increase its size, the harvesting of honey and wax, how to move hives, swarm control and the nectar and pollen flowers that attract bees to Australian and New Zealand gardens. The author's experience both as an entomologist, formerly with the Australian Museum and as keen amateur beekeeper, ensures that Backyard Beekeeping is a book that will be of practical help to both amateurs starting out and long-time professional beekeepers.

 Planting Wetlands and Dams: A Practical Guide to Wetland Design, Construction and Propagation

This is a complete manual for planting wetlands and dams, from design and construction to collecting plants, seeds and propagation. It includes comprehensive information for all Australian aquatic and wetland plants used in revegetation, demystifies the processes and practices of wetland and dam planting and exposes some of the more dubious myths propagated in the 1980s and 1990s. Completely revised, this new edition now includes photographs of each major type of wetland including those in the Northern Territory, updated information on regulations and permits, and examines the pros and cons of establishing new wetlands in dry climates.

 Wetland Habitats

A practical manual that puts developments in the field of wetland restoration and the conservation of diverse animal species into plain English. It places much of the more recent work in this field into a single, coherent and user-friendly framework. The text explains the various approaches to and aspects of each problem, so that readers will be able to make informed decisions about managing wetlands on their own properties.

 Waterwise House and Garden

Shortlisted in TAFE Vocational Education category in the 2003 Awards for Excellence in Educational Publishing. This practical guide shows how we can contribute to conserving water, our most precious resource, in our home and garden. Waterwise House and Garden takes a planned approach to saving water in the home using different household reticulation options including the use of rainwater tanks and recycling greywater. It shows how to eliminate unnecessary watering in the garden by working with nature to create a garden that is both enjoyable and sensitive to the environment. It explains the science behind survival strategies of plants in dry conditions, shows how soil and water interact, and demonstrates how to improve the soil in your garden. Included is an extensive list of native and exotic plants that are tolerant to dry conditions in both tropical and temperate climates. The result is an accessible and informative resource guaranteed to help you reduce the environmental impact of everyday living, and dramatically reduce your household water bill in the process.