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Worm farms are the perfect way to turn food scraps into lush soil – and they needn’t be expensive. Janet Luke shows how easy it is to make your own.

Build a worm farm for $20 - Green Ideas

Worm farms are the perfect way to turn food scraps into lush soil – and they needn’t be expensive. Janet Luke shows how easy it is to make your own.

Green Ideas editor Greg Roughan shares his tips for keeping passion vine hoppers from ruining your crop.

How to get rid of passion vine hoppers - Green Ideas

Green Ideas editor Greg Roughan shares his tips for keeping passion vine hoppers from ruining your crop.

Get ready for spring by starting your own no-dig garden. Janet Luke shows you how to make rich soil with minimal time, spade-work and money.

Start your own no-dig garden - Green Ideas

Get ready for spring by starting your own no-dig garden. Janet Luke shows you how to make rich soil with minimal time, spade-work and money.

Why plant your seedlings in plastic when you can make your own origami pots that go straight in the ground?

Biodegradable origami seedling pots - Green Ideas

Why plant your seedlings in plastic when you can make your own mini pots that go straight in the ground? Jo Clements shows us how to fold origami pots using newspaper.

How to grow shiitake mushrooms with dowel spawn

How to grow shiitake mushrooms with dowel spawn - Green Ideas

These wood-loving mushrooms can be tricky to grow, but delicious enough to go to the trouble, writes Janet Luke.

Winter can be a slow time in the garden, so now’s the time to get those little jobs done – like getting your irrigation system sorted for another hot dry summer, writes Janet Luke.

In the garden: June and July - Green Ideas

Winter can be a slow time in the garden, so now’s the time to get those little jobs done – like getting your irrigation system sorted for another hot dry summer, writes Janet Luke.

Breaking down your own food and garden waste is a simple way to reduce your rubbish output – and is great for the garden. Paulette Crowley looks at three different options.

The beginner’s guide to compost - Green Ideas

Breaking down your own food and garden waste is a simple way to reduce your rubbish output – and is great for the garden. Paulette Crowley looks at three different options.

How to get rid of passion vine hoppers organically.

How to get rid of passion vine hoppers - Green Ideas

Green Ideas editor Greg Roughan shares his tips for keeping passion vine hoppers from ruining your crop.

Janet Luke tests six natural pest-control products that can be used on edible gardens.

Safer garden sprays - Green Ideas

Janet Luke tests six natural pest-control products that can be used on edible gardens.

Janet Luke shares her tips for getting the best from your late-season harvest.

Getting the best from your late-season harvest - Green Ideas

Janet Luke shares her tips for getting the best from your late-season harvest.

Encouraging kids into the garden can set them on a path to a healthier future. Janet Luke shares her tips for getting young ones in touch with nature through the colder months.

In the garden: August and September - Green Ideas

Encouraging kids into the garden can set them on a path to a healthier future. Janet Luke shares her tips for getting young ones in touch with nature through the colder months.

Great gardens need great soil – and compost is the key. Janet Luke shares six clever composting ideas.

Composting special - Green Ideas

Great gardens need great soil – and compost is the key. Janet Luke shares six clever composting ideas.

The end of summer/beginning of autumn is one of the most rewarding times for gardeners, writes Janet Luke. But there’s still plenty to do.

In the garden: February and March - Green Ideas

The end of summer/beginning of autumn is one of the most rewarding times for gardeners, writes Janet Luke. But there’s still plenty to do.

Short on space? Get vertical! Green Urban Living’s Janet Luke shares her tips for growing up this summer.

In the garden: December and January - Green Ideas

Short on space? Get vertical! Green Urban Living’s Janet Luke shares her tips for growing up this summer.

Now’s the time to start your seed library, writes Janet Luke.

Start your seed library - Green Ideas

Now’s the time to start your seed library, writes Janet Luke.

Compact gardening special

Compact gardening special - Green Ideas

Short on space? Fear not – even tiny apartments, cute courtyards or postage stamp plots can sport lush, productive gardens writes Janet Luke.