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BETTER BACKYARDS WITH GHERKIN JARVIS
Backyard bling: from mower to marvellous
WHEN you're behind the handle of your push mower, the last thing you're probably thinking about is jewellery.
Making time to quell the roses
TIME: it keeps clockmakers in business and gave the inspiration for the name of a great magazine - and we can’t escape it.
From the backyard to the backpocket
THERE is money to be made from your backyard. Many might assume I'm speaking about illegal crops, but that's not it.
The art of plant whispering
MANY of you may have heard of the “horse whisperer” - but less well known is Hamblin Gosharn, the internationally renowned plant whisperer.
Upgrading garden centrepieces
AS IT gets harder and harder to get hold of old farming implements to put into a garden, modern gardeners should embrace modern living.
A chemical conundrum
BACK in the day, a lot of farmers had a beaten up old cupboard in the back of the shed where containers, canisters, bottles and vials were stashed, with and without labels.
Life on the edge
SOMETIMES it becomes difficult to know where a garden stops and starts - if they’ve sat a garden gnome there, does that make that pile of tyres a garden?
Dig out the Christmas spirit
GET out the good sandals and the carpet sweeper - Christmas is on its way.
You should have mail
SOME might think letterboxes have become redundant, what with electronic mail programs like Twitface and GoogleTube about, but that’s not necessarily the case.
Why DIY when TV can do it for you?
THE wave of backyard renovation shows we’ve seen in recent years has really had an impact - but rather than inspiring people to DIY, it’s made people more eager to write in with a request for a backyard makeover.
Living for Saturday mornings
THERE are two ways of approaching Saturday mornings: you’re either “up and at’em”, powering headlong into a project, or you sleep-in, like a lazy unemployed, slothful dropout.
Time to give it some herbs
WHOEVER doesn’t put fresh mint into their home made potato salad is a psychopath. It should be illegal not to include fresh mint.
When push comes to shove
THE argument between push-mower knowers and ride-on reckoners is one that has raged for centuries.
Let the flow go
DRAINAGE, drainage, drainage- it’s just so important in backyards.
Inspired by inspiration
INSPIRATION comes in many forms for artists. It’s a little known fact that Brett Whitely used to listen to a wide range of music when painting, probably all loaded onto his paint-stained iPod.
When the indoor moves out
MORE and more people are living in backyards. Usually it’s their own backyards but depending on rent and which shady character is chasing them, a neighbour’s or stranger's sometimes will suffice.
The world of cubby houses
CUBBY houses certainly have changed a lot over the years. Back in the day, old wooden packing crates provided our building material of choice.
The best attack is the fence
FarmOnline's resident garden guru Gherkin Jarvis is back with more backyard tips - this time on how to utilise the humble, yet versatile fence - and talks to cutting edge landscape designer Ghoran Shelsburg-Waverly to bring you another report as the ultimate garden correspondent.
Your barbie-Ps and your barbecues
FarmOnline's resident garden guru Gherkin Jarvis is back with more backyard tips - this time on how to build the perfect barbecue - and travels to New Zealand to bring you his first report as a foreign garden correspondent.
Don’t be a chicken - get some chooks
Keeping chooks can teach children important lessons like responsibility, ownership and where lice come from, writes Gherkin Jarvis.
PHOTOS & VIDEOS
See how was at the annual event on April 22.
Dairy Innovation Day, Busselton, May 4
The cattle industry would not exist but for foreign investment.
Not only are most levy payers never consulted, nobody even knows who most of them are.
Various thin-shelled types are running around like headless chooks over free-range eggs
The case for spending restraint and a rapid return to surplus is as strong as ever
I went to the State barrier fence coastal - end yesterday - and was appalled at the state of
Wild dogs on funding schemes’ radar
The days of DAFWA having the bulk of GRDC funding in WA are long gone, they can't even
Grains research hangs in the balance
In a domestic market situation I can see why this would be supported but in a 90% export market
Wheat wars continue
Agrium expands its tech base
23 Jun 17
LANDMARK’S Canadian farm services and crop products parent Agrium Inc has bought another Australian venture, the...
Farming optimism riding high
21 Jun 17
IT’S not raining where it’s badly needed, but farmers across much of Australia are more optimistic about their...
Profit down, but rebounding Nufarm is seeking acquisitions
Bayer’s $88b Monsanto merger bites Aussie cotton R&D
Agrium merger makes super-sized fertiliser parent for Landmark
China’s Rifa pays $55m to beef up its NSW estate
GrainCorp syndicate withdraws from CBH bid
Chinese buy into live shipper Wellard
NZ crop tech firm eyes ASX listing
China’s ag investment rush leaves us for Brazil
Tweets from @FarmOnline/fairfax-rural-reporters
China has followed through with flagged plans to resume importing United States beef, lifting a ban that has existed since mad cow disease was found in the States in 2003.
Indonesia has relaxed its trade restrictions on secondary beef cuts, re-opening a market that was worth $42 million to Australian exporters two years ago.
The recent rainfall will lead to a change in the micron profile of the Australian wool clip next spring, while boosting production volume and lamb marking rates.
While the favourable season is spurring lamb prices and providing more marketing options for producers, livestock agents are concerned rates are reaching unsustainable levels.
There will be more cases of sclerotinia in canola in areas that do not traditionally have problems with the disease due to the wet spring.
Chickpea prices have jumped $30 to $50 a tonne above global market values as farmers caught with soggy crops look for alternative grain supplies to fulfill their forward contract commitments.
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