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Get your lawn into shape for Winter 

Neville Passmore
16/05/2018

Growth slows down in winter but there are still a few jobs you can do to keep your lawn healthy and in top shape for winter. 

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Better Soil, Better Gut Health

Neville Passmore11/05/2018

The more minerals in your soil, the more minerals your food takes up and provides to your body. Seems simple, but soil health seems to be forgotten lately.... Nev Passmore looks into the issue. 

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No grapes on your grape vine?

Neville Passmore
10/05/2018

To finish off Nevilles Top 5 FAQ Gardening Question is this one - no grapes on your grape vine. According to Neville it's all in the pruning 

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Regain privacy from your two storey neighbour

Neville Passmore
8/05/2018

Want to regain the privacy in your garden or house after your neighbours added an extra storey or rezoned their block

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Why grow food at home?

Neville Passmore
4/05/2018

Neville tackles the question of why you should grow food at home

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How can I rid my lawn of onehunga or Jo-Jo?

Neville Passmore4/05/2018

Neville continues his top 5 gardening questions with this tricky one. Find out how he fixed his own lawn

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Lemons form and ripen but no juice? 

Neville Passmore3/05/2018

Neville shares his top 5 questions he gets asked by gardeners... first up is my lemons form and ripen on the tree but when I cut them open they are dry and brown to black inside and have virtually no juice.  

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Mother's Day Gift Ideas Neville Passmore
18/04/2018

Now is the perfect time to plant out a Hanging Basket for a beautiful Mother's Day Gift.


Making Kale palatable  Neville Passmore 
28/03/2018

Kale is full of nutrients but a lot of people find it very difficult to eat due to its bitter and strong taste. Neville has come up with a list of recipes he hopes you will enjoy. 


Time to plant Garlic Neville Passmore
21/03/2018

Now is the time to plant garlic. Garlic is suited to the Perth climate, and with a little bit of love you can have your very own home grown garlic to create meals for family and friends. 


Why mulch?  Neville Passmore
14/03/2018

Ever wondered why we mulch our garden beds and what effect this has on our soil health? Neville Passmore delves into the layers of mulch to find out....


Top 12 Autumn Flowering Natives  Neville Passmore
7/03/2018

There are some beautiful Natives that display a colourful bloom throughout Autumn, Neville Passmore shares his favourites. 



Verge replanting Neville Passmore
15/02/2018

Want to start again with your garden verge? Neville Passmore has the ultimate guide to verge replanting, what works and what doesn't. 


Bee attracting Plants Neville Passmore
6/02/2018

Bees are great little helpers in your garden, they pollinate and increase productivity of your fruit and veg. Plus, putting more bee attracting plants in your garden helps with their survival.

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How to beat the heat in your garden Neville Passmore
31/01/2018

Some secrets on how to keep your garden happy during the hot summer weather.


Propagating succulents  Neville Passmore
24/01/2018

Part Two of our succulents story - Propagating easy peezy 


Top 10 succulents for dry gardens  Neville Passmore
17/01/2018

Here is the comprehensive list of the top 10 succulents for dry gardens. These guys love free draining soil and can survive on the smallest amounts of water. 


Pollen Matters  Neville Passmore
10/01/2018

Bees are the pollinators of the world, but they are under threat - what can we do in our garden to help?


Summer pruning - Deciduous Fruit Trees  Neville Passmore
2/01/2018

How to prune your deciduous fruit trees in summer to get optimum growth and fruit crop. 


best lawns for wa condtions  
Neville Passmore
27/12/2017

There has been a lot of talk recently about real v fake lawn. We of course are fans of real lawn, and there are so many drought tolerant varieties around now, that won't guzzle water. Here is a full list of the best lawns for WA conditions


time to plant tropical fruit Neville Passmore 
20/12/2017

Now is the time to plant tropical fruit in Perth! We have an extensive list of favorites and some unknowns you can try if you are brave enough.....


top 5 summer garden trendsNeville Passmore
13/12/2017

Find out the top trends for this summer.... from 'smart tech' to cloud trees


summer vegetablesNeville Passmore
2/12/2017

Some like it hot! Find out what vegies you can plant now that will survive the summer heat.


christmas gift bowls Neville Passmore
29/11/2017

Stuck for Christmas gift ideas? Why not give someone a beautiful Christmas bowl, start planting now for a bloomin' beauty come Christmas time. We have a full list of plants for you to choose from. 

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where do the flavours in wine come from? Neville Passmore 
7/11/2017

Wines have so many different flavours and varieties, have you ever wondered how these subtle differences are achieved?


what is your plant thinking?Neville Passmore7/11/2017

Ever wondered if your plant has the ability to think? Neville Passmore delves into some exciting research

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eat colourful and diverse Neville Passmore31/10/2017

Eating a diverse and colourful range of food will provide you with a wide variety of nutrients! Neville Passmore shares a great muesli recipe to show you how to incorporate a wide range of foods in the one meal. 

top 5 fermented foods you can make at homeNeville Passmore
25/10/2017

Learn the Top 5 fermented foods you can make at home with these quick and simple recipes. 

what's going on under the soil surface? Neville Passmore18/10/2017

Ever wondered what goes on in your soil? Wonder no more as Nev Passmore discusses soil biology 

liquid probiotics to boost gut health Neville Passmore
11/10/2017

Learn how to make your own Kombucha to boost your gut health! 

detox the air in your home Neville Passmore4/10/2017

These beauties will naturally clean and detoxify the air in your home, as well as being a great feature and talking point of your house. 

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top 5 bush tucker plants to grow in perth Neville Passmore3/10/2017

Here at the TOP 5 Bush Tucker plants to grow in Perth. Not only will they be a great decorative addition to your garden, they'll provide tucker 

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plant based foods for beautiful skin Neville Passmore28/09/2017

These foods will give you a healthy skin glow from the inside out, not to mention all the other goodness they provide. 

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what is your soil ph?Neville Passmore
21/09/2017

How do you find out your soil pH and what is ideal for your garden? 

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vegetables to grow from kitchen scraps Neville Passmore13/09/2017

No need for seeds, here are the vegies you can grow from your own kitchen scraps! 

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planet friendly weed control Neville Passmore6/09/2017

Find out the ways you can get rid of weeds in your garden, without harming the planet! 

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superfoods at your place Neville Passmore
31/08/2017

Find out the top 5 superfoods you can grow at your place! These foods contain complete goodness and once established will provide you and your family with nutrients. 

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top 5 - gardening trends this springNeville Passmore
23/08/2017

Learn the top 5 gardening trends for this spring, and get some inspiration for how you can achieve them at your place. Watch our video 

Making the most of winter rainsChris Ferreira3/08/2017

How to get the best out of your garden in winter - Chris has some great ideas for you. Have a read and discover what you can be doing this month to prepare your garden. 

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The cabbage tribe Neville Passmore24/07/2017

The original superfood, perfect to grow in the cooler winter months. 

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The great greening challenge facing our cities 
Neville Passmore
7/07/2017

Green infrastructure has been in decline since settlement of WA in 1829. Since then some 70% of green cover (trees, shrubs, groundcovers, grasses and hedges) has disappeared. Government estimates tell us that a further 3% of native green infrastructure will go under the developer’s bulldozers by the year 2050, to make way for the predicted population of 3.5 million people. Planting trees and lawn is now recognised as the most cost effective way of combatting this lethal heat trap effect.

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prepare and plan in winter for a sensational summer garden Chris Ferreira
9/06/2017

I am no big fan of summer! It shrivels my plants, saps our precious water supplies and oppresses the garden with its overwhelming heat. But at last the worst of summer is behind us and we can look forward to the promise of the winter rains, cooler weather and renewed garden growth.

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growing onions Neville Passmore7/06/2017

Neville shares his secrets to growing the onion tribe. With so many to choose from you better get stuck in, now is the perfect time to plant these guys 

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top 5 garden inspirations in perth Neville Passmore19/05/2017

If you are looking for some great garden inspiration - look no further than these beautiful gardens. 

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top 5 - new in plantsNeville Passmore
16/05/2017

There is always something new to discover in plants - here is Neville Passmores top 5 for Autumn 2017. 

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secrets to hanging basket successNeville Passmore
5/05/2017

Outdoor living is one of the great joys of living in Perth.  Hanging baskets offer an alternative platform in which miniature gardens can be grown to enhance outdoor living areas, bringing colour or just cooling greenery. Alternatively hanging baskets can make a ‘near the kitchen’ herb garden.The major issue of growing any form of garden in WA is effective watering. Hanging baskets are at the extreme edge of this requirement because they are suspended and can be readily dried out by sun and wind.

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lawn renovations Neville Passmore
25/04/2017

Learn what to do now, and over the cooler months to boost your lawn back to health. There are some easy and simple steps, which your lawn will thank you for. 

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top 5 - Autumn garden trends Neville Passmore20/04/2017

Discover the top autumn trends in gardening 

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growing and preparing your own food Neville Passmore7/04/2017

A serious vegetable garden was once part of every home. Usually mum did the cooking in our house, and it was a cooked meal every night with a Sunday roast the crowning meal of the week. Food allergies were virtually unknown and childhood obesity very rarely seen. 

Fast forward to today and we have epidemics of Western diet disasters with galloping rates of type 2 diabetes, dementia, cancers and heart disease among others. Much of our food is highly processed with lashings of sugar, salt, preservatives, colourants, fillers and much more. 

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neville passmore

Neville’s work in plant production, gardening retailing, the garden media, with the public and contributing to student education is extensive and covers significant scope during 40 years of working in the gardening industry. Neville’s expertise in the field of gardening is well recognised and acknowledged by leading government departments. Neville has personally provided extensive advice and support to many members of the industry and is regarded by most as a friend.  He works tirelessly in his media business and is more passionate today than at any stage of his career.

chris ferreira

Chris has been involved with the industry for over 20 years. An expert in creating sustainable, waterwise gardens he has been the driving force behind The Forever Project, and turning his Hamilton Hill home into a sustainable showcase. Chris has regular workshops at his house, to encourage all who come along to grow their own vegies and get involved in their own garden at home. 

Chris is one of the most passionate gardeners in WA.