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Get Results Gardening is a weekly, newsletter-style email publication. Like an electronic mini-magazine, it features reliable and easy to grow plants, seasonal advice, simple design ideas, inspiration and motivation. Contents of some recent editions.

While focussing on South East Queensland (Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, Ipswich, Logan) and subtropical northern NSW, there'll be plenty of relevance to residents of other parts of Australia.

It's aimed at the home gardener, but the high-quality and topical information will also help garden industry professionals, property developers and real estate investors stay informed and on top of their game.


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Get Results Gardening is presented in a concise and easily-understood way. It's for someone who wants to improve their home and lifestyle with an attractive landscape, but may be feeling overwhelmed or confused by all the information and opinions out there.

Gardening abounds with myth, misinformation and "woo" that makes gardening seem more mysterious (and expensive) than it needs to be. Get Results Gardening is focussed on proven plants and scientifically sound practices.

Want a clumping palm that's not
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Because many other media outlets already cover vegetables and fruits extensively, they won't be the focus here. However, much of the basic gardening knowledge covered will be applicable to edibles as well as ornamentals.

Practical issues that affect most homeowners today - such as privacy worries, lack of space, lack of time, water restrictions and budget limitations - will be some major themes.

We'll also be keeping an eye on research and looking for opportunities to use horticulture to raise the standard (and maybe even the value) of your property at an individual and suburban level.

International style trends in the garden and outdoor living arena plus other illuminating or amusing snippets from the world of plants will make an appearance, too.

Contents of some recent editions:
Get Results Gardening 05-08-2022
IT'S A WEED!: Ochna, Mickey Mouse Plant Ochna serrulata
LOCAL NEWS: For a Cooler Coast
LOCAL NEWS: Noosa Heads Tree Deaths
Get Results Gardening 12-08-2022
TOP PLANT: Rhaphiolepis (R. indica, R. x delacourii)
GROW GROW GROW: Looks Matter
BASICS: Try Topiary
ON TREND: Coastal Cravings
Get Results Gardening 17-06-2022
TO PLANT OR NOT TO PLANT?: Alternanthera brasiliana (A. dentata)
OUTDOOR LIVING: Check Before Lighting Up (Firepits)
DESIGN: Borrowed Views
LOCAL NEWS: Inside the Biosphere
Get Results Gardening 10-06-2022
TOP PLANT: Plumbago (Plumbago auriculata)
GARDEN WILDLIFE: Zebra Hunting in the Plumbagos (zebra blue butterfly Leptotes plinius)
OUTDOOR LIVING: Outdoor Rugs 101
GROW GROW GROW: A Greener Education
Get Results Gardening 29-04-2022
TOP PLANTS: Pansies and Violas
LOCAL NEWS: Calling Maryborough Gardeners
BASICS: Mg means Magnesium
LOCAL NEWS: New Age Sewage
Get Results Gardening 22-04-2022
TOP PLANT: Dracaena reflexa
OUTLOOK: Plastic Nursery Pots - Towards More Sustainable Options
GROW GROW GROW: Tree Planting as a Weapon of War
THIS WEEKEND: Plant These Annuals Now
Get Results Gardening 15-04-2022
TOP PLANT: Carissa macrocarpa 'Desert Star'
LOCAL NEWS: That's Cool, Eudlo
BASICS: Plant Rusts Part Two
GROW GROW GROW: Greener Luxury
Get Results Gardening 08-04-2022
TOP PLANT: Bottle Palm (Hyophorbe lagenicaulis)
GARDEN PROFILE: The Shambles, Montville
GROW GROW GROW: Tree Prescription
Get Results Gardening 01-04-2022
TOP PLANT: Panama Rose (Arachnothryx leucophylla syn Rondeletia leucophylla)
GROW GROW GROW: Addition & Subtraction
BASICS: Plant Rusts Part One
Get Results Gardening 25-03-2022
TOP PLANTS: Double Bougainvilleas 'Klong Fire', 'Thai Gold', 'Limberlost Beauty'
GROW GROW GROW: Saving Energy Needs People Power
IT'S A WEED: African Tulip Tree Spathodea campanulata
Get Results Gardening 18-03-2022
TOP PLANTS: Ornamental Aloes
RESEARCH: Maybe Houseplants Can Help After All
BASICS: K is for Potassium
Get Results Gardening 25-02-2022
TOP PLANTS: Ornamental Pomegranates (Punica granatum)
LOCAL NEWS: Bats Getting the Message
BASICS: Cation Exchange Capacity
Get Results Gardening 05-11-2021
TOP PLANT: Oleander Nerium oleander
GROW GROW GROW: Surveying the Surveys
BASICS: "Ca" Means Calcium
Get Results Gardening 15-10-2021
TO PLANT OR NOT TO PLANT?: Jacaranda Jacaranda mimosifolia
LOCAL NEWS: Purple Appreciation
BASICS: Do Plants Need Silicon?
THIS WEEKEND: Pre-Summer Pruning
Get Results Gardening 18-06-2021
TOP PLANT: Montville Rose 'Duchesse de Brabant'
LOCAL NEWS: Nambour Network Grows
BASICS: Grafted Plants Part Two
ON TREND: Blending Still Trending
Get Results Gardening 11-06-2021
TOP PLANT: Elephant's ear kalanchoe Kalanchoe beharensis
LOCAL NEWS: Breakthrough a Boon to Avo Industry
BASICS: Grafted Plants Part One

There's bound to be something of interest to most Australians each week, even if you don't live in SE QLD or even if you think you don't like gardening. Why not take a free, no-obligation trial and find out for yourself?


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Could gardening improve YOUR home and lifestyle? Here's some news & research which has previously appeared in Get Results Gardening. Judge for yourself!

High density of street trees in Leipzig city centre    
Image by Philipp Kirschner    
A Prescription
for Street Trees
 ( From Get Results Gardening
   26th February 2021 )

Consistent with growing evidence of the therapeutic effects of a vegetated urban environment, analysis of the population in Leipzig, Germany has shown that streets trees can improve mental health.

Here, researchers used the number of prescriptions for antidepressant medication in different parts of the city as the gauge.

They found that a high number trees within 100 metres of the home made a difference, particularly among socio-economically disadvantaged groups. These are also the ones most at risk, so planting of more street trees could help address inequalities in this aspect of health.

The species or diversity of the trees did not make a difference in this study, nor did the number of trees more than 100 metres away from home.

Read More: Street trees close to the home may reduce the risk of depression, German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research. Follow the link on that page to download the full study.

Brain Strain
 ( From Get Results Gardening
   22nd January 2021 )

Here's some new research* that will be of particular interest to work-from-homers.

In one experiment, the gait of people walking towards a projected image was analysed. Speed and step length suffered more - a sign of increased "cognitive load" - when urban scenes were viewed compared to natural ones.

In a second experiment, the researchers gave participants a simple shape discrimination challenge while being distracted by the same scenes. Reaction times were slowed by presentation with the urban imagery compared to the nature scenes.

These results indicate that, quite apart from problems like noise or air quality, simply dealing with the visual aspects of a city can have a negative effect on the brain's ability to perform other tasks.

*Burtan D, Joyce K, Burn JF, Handy TC, Ho S, Leonards U. 2021 The nature effect in motion: visual exposure to environmental scenes impacts cognitive load and human gait kinematics. R. Soc. Open Sci. 8: 201100.

Tree Benefits Add Up
 ( From Get Results Gardening
   27th November 2020 )

Analysis of hundreds of public schools in Washington State, USA has shown that green cover - specifically tree cover - within 250m of the school enhanced performance in reading and maths in sixth grade children.

Other research examining the positive relationship between nature and learning have concentrated on younger or older students.

The authors of the Washington State study suggest that trees should be planted in school grounds in preference to lawn and that any opportunities to plant trees in the immediate vicinity of schools should be explored.

Read more: Trees set sixth-graders up for success, University of Illinois

Greening Daycare
Delivers Health Boost
 ( From Get Results Gardening
   30th October 2020 )

Finnish researchers took the barren playgrounds of urban daycare centres and made them more like a forest floor by the transplantation of assorted shrubs, grasses and mosses plus soil. Planter boxes for planting with annuals and peat blocks for climbing and digging were also added.

Measured improvements in skin and gut microbiota and immune systems indicated that childrens' health can be boosted by playing in and with a more diverse and natural environment and this can be achieved by renovating existing playgrounds. Changes were seen in just one month.

Read more: City Day Care Yards with Forest Floor Boosted Children’s Immune Systems, American Association for the Advancement of Science

Full Study: Biodiversity intervention enhances immune regulation and health-associated commensal microbiota among daycare children, Science Advances

A Growing Demand
 ( From Get Results Gardening
   7th August, 2020 )

The majority of Australians can still access a garden of some kind, but this isn't the case in some parts of the world. In the UK, the pandemic has hit home how important having a garden can be.

British property portal Rightmove reports that in June, searches by prospective buyers nominating gardens as an essential feature hgreatly increased. A survey also showed that this is the biggest change in priorities for for buyers after going through lockdown.

Especially valuable are south-facing gardens and terraces, to maximise access to natural light and warmth in these northern hemisphere properties. "With people spending more time at home now due to lockdown and the rise of flexible home working, it’s little surprise," said one agent.

Read more: £22,000 premium for homes with south-facing gardens, Rightmove

The Happiness Hobby
 ( From Get Results Gardening
   12th June, 2020 )

A study on the benefits of gardening, this time based on residents of the Minneapolis-St. Paul Area, USA, has been looking at "emotional well-being".

Gardening ranked highly, comparable to biking, walking or eating out. It was especially effective in giving a happiness boost to women and people on low incomes.

Vegetable gardening was associated with higher scores than ornamental gardening, perhaps because food growing was perceived as being more meaningful.

However, the researchers note that the veggie growers also tended to react more positively to some of the other activities assessed. It may be that somewhat different types of people tend to be attracted to cultivating edibles versus ornamentals.

Read More: Sowing seeds of happiness: Emotional well-being while home gardening similar to other popular activities, study finds, Princeton University.
Full Report: Is gardening associated with greater happiness of urban residents? A multi-activity, dynamic assessment in the Twin-Cities region, USA, Landscape and Urban Planning

Cool It
 ( From Get Results Gardening
   20th March, 2020 )

There has been considerable research done around the world on urban tree cover and heat reduction in cities. Analysis of data collected across western Adelaide in during an extreme heatwave in 2017 has now demonstrated the localised cooling effect of trees and other vegetation in suburban yards.

Greenery was shown to reduce surface temperatures up to 5-6°, with the most dramatic differences observed in the hottest areas without the benefit of cooling sea breezes. Grass and other herbaceous cover was better than hard surfaces, but tree canopy cover had a much greater cooling effect.

Although land surface temperatures were recorded (using an aircraft and thermal imaging), these would influence air temperatures. Hot zones also included industrial areas and high-density residential neighbourhoods that lacked garden space.

There are obvious implications for individuals and town planners to improve liveability and reduce electricity use through the creation and management of green space around buildings. In a heatwave scenario, the difference of a few degrees could be critical.

A summary of the project's findings is available from the Macquarie University website: Urban trees and people’s yards mitigate extreme heat in western Adelaide: final summary report

One of the air plants (Tillandsia pseudobaileyi)
Image courtesy Masahiro Toyoda
A Green Gaze
Reduces Stress
 ( From Get Results Gardening
   10th January, 2020 )

Adding to the body of evidence about the benefits plants to human wellbeing comes a study from Japan conducted in a real-world office. The plants weren't just scattered around the room, however. Workers were required to interact with them.

Participants were offered a selection of small plants and allowed to choose one to keep on their desk and care for. They were also required to gaze at the plant for 3 minutes when feeling fatigue. The effect of this was compared to just staring at the desk without any plant involvement.

The researchers did indeed find that these little "nature breaks" were beneficial. They also suggest that the relationship, affection even, developed by choosing and caring for the plant may have increased the positive results observed.

The type of plant chosen was not important and they were not large. They included small potted succulents, bonsai, kokedama and tiny air plants. So, the office needn't be turned into a greenhouse for the stress-reducing properties of plants to be enjoyed, benefiting both workers and business.

Read More: Plants can improve your work life. Full report: Potential of a Small Indoor Plant on the Desk for Reducing Office Workers’ Stress, HortTechnology (American Society for Horticultural Science)

Brisbane suburb of Rosalie (now    
part of Paddington), around 1902    
From the State Library of Queensland archives.    
Leafy Suburbs Rate
 ( From Get Results Gardening
   13th December, 2019 )

How easy and pleasant is living in your suburb? Online real estate portal Domain commissioned an analysis to rate suburbs in the Brisbane region. View their rankings here: Greater Brisbane's 260 suburbs ranked for liveability.

Of course, "liveability" is subjective. This study scored suburbs on the basis of 18 indicators. Besides basics like congestion, crime rate and schools, the importance of tree cover, open space and walkability was also factored in. More at the Domain website: Brisbane's Most Liveable Suburbs 2019.


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