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Get Results Gardening is a weekly email publication from Calyx Horticultural Services. Something like a digital mini-magazine, it features reliable and easy to grow plants, seasonal advice, achievable and affordable design ideas, inspiration and motivation.

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

It's aimed at the typical suburban home gardener, but high-quality and topical information will also help nursery and 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 is feeling overwhelmed and confused by the avalanche of information and opinions out there.

The gardening world 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
the predictable old golden cane?

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 considered throughout.

International garden and outdoor living trends are discussed, including possible ways that private or public landscaping can improve your quality of life and raise the standard (and maybe even the value) of your property or neighbourhood. Various interesting, illuminating or amusing items from the world of plants make an appearance, too.

The "results" in Get Results Gardening doesn't just refer to growing plants well. Gardens are life-enhancing on so many levels and Get Results Gardening is here to help you get some of those results for yourself.

 
Contents of some recent editions:
Get Results Gardening 09-02-2024
TOP PLANT: Swamp Bloodwood (Corymbia ptychocarpa)
LOCAL NEWS: Towards More Nature on the Strips
BASICS: Take care with clippings
THE WORLD OF PLANTS: Glowing Gardens
Get Results Gardening 15-12-2023
TOP PLANT: Ixora (Ixora species & hybrids)
WILDLIFE: Backyard Safari
LOCAL NEWS: More Vegetation Vandalism
DESIGN: Can Plants Reduce Noise?
Get Results Gardening 08-12-2023
TOP PLANT: Fraser Island Creeper (Tecomanthe hillii)
LOCAL NEWS: Seed Libraries for the Fraser Coast
BASICS: N is for Nitrogen Part 7 - Nitrogen Drawdown
GROW GROW GROW: The Luxury of Cool
Get Results Gardening 01-12-2023
TOP PLANT: Yesterday Today Tomorrow and others (Brunfelsia species)
LOCAL NEWS: Fire Ants Cross the Border
BASICS: Plant Mites Part Two
DESIGN: Reconsider Roses
Get Results Gardening 24-11-2023
TOP PLANT: Aptenia 'Red Apple' (Mesembryantheum cordifolium X haeckelianum)
DESIGN: Skyscapes
GROW GROW GROW: Tourist-Worthy Gardens
BASICS: Plant Mites Part One
Get Results Gardening 17-11-2023
TOP PLANTS: Rhipsalis (Rhipsalis, Lepismium, Hatiora, Rhipsalidopsis, Pseudorhipsalis)
LOCAL NEWS: Quarry Questions
LOCAL NEWS: Green Flagged
BASICS: N is for Nitrogen Part 6 - Nitrogen Fixation
Get Results Gardening 10-11-2023
TOP PLANT: Dogbane (Coleus neochilus)
GROW GROW GROW: Grow Cool
BASICS: N is for Nitrogen Part 5 - Can there be too much?
Get Results Gardening 27-10-2023
TOP PLANTS: Clivias (Clivia species & hybrids)
RESEARCH NEWS: Frozen Survival
ON TREND: Winning Landscapes
BASICS: N is for Nitrogen Part 3B - Where does it go? (continued)
THIS WEEKEND: Cut with Caution
Get Results Gardening 08-09-2023
TOP PLANT: Gaura (Oenothera lindheimeri)
WILDLIFE: Green Spaces Bring Insect Abundance
ON TREND: More City Greening
BASICS: Dry Deciduous Trees
Get Results Gardening 01-09-2023
TOP PLANT: Blue Cane Palm (Dypsis cabadae)
GARDEN PROFILE: Coucals of Mount Crosby
WILDLIFE: Orchard Swallowtail Butterfly (Papilio aegeus)
THE WORLD OF PLANTS: Message in a Brick
Get Results Gardening 25-08-2023
TOP PLANTS: Salvia 'Indigo Spires' & Mystic Spires Blue
LOCAL NEWS: Brisbane Emblem: Time to Vote
GROW GROW GROW: A Question of Value
THIS WEEKEND: Father in the Garden
Get Results Gardening 09-06-2023
TOP PLANT: Nutmeg Bush (Tetradenia riparia = Iboza riparia)
GROW GROW GROW: The Yarra Divide
BASICS: Soil Aeration - Part One
THIS WEEKEND: Hacker Protection
Get Results Gardening 02-06-2023
TOP PLANT: Cardboard Palm (Zamia furfuracea)
ON TREND: RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2023
GROW GROW GROW: UK Kids' Green Need
BASICS: Double Flowers
LOCAL NEWS: Double Grind at Half the Price
Get Results Gardening 07-04-2023
TOP PLANT: Nasturtiums (Tropaeolum majus)
GROW GROW GROW: Industry Statistics 21-22
LOCAL NEWS: Calling Maryborough Gardeners
BASICS: Fe is for Iron - Part One
THE WORLD OF PLANTS: Microphones Capture Secret Plant Chatter
Get Results Gardening 31-03-2023
TOP PLANT: Brisbane Lily (Proiphys cunninghamii)
BASICS: Solution to Snowflake Riddle
ON TREND: Welcome Back Cottage
THIS WEEKEND: Autumn Activity


Could gardens & gardening improve your life? Here's some news that's previously appeared in Get Results Gardening.


Green Crime Fighting
 ( From the 13 January 2023 edition )

Data from 301 American cities has shown that more green space (public and/or private) in a neighbourhood is usually is associated with lower property crime and lower violent crime.

Of course, greener neighbourhoods could simply be more affluent, but the researchers say that such factors were accounted for in their analysis.

They speculate that the enhancement of psychological health and the reduction of "precursors of crime" such as stress and aggression could explain the relationship between green space and lower crime.

Read more: Green spaces in cities linked to crime risk, a study shows, University of Edinburgh. Full study: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cities.2022.103949


  
Avoid Embarrassment
 ( From the 16 June 2023 edition )

UK home improvement and trades website Rated People has put together a trends report based on data drawn from several sources.

There isn't much about landscaping in particular, but it is #3 in the top 20 home improvements jobs Brits were planning.

Anyone interested in interior trends or renovation generally might like to take a look at the rest of the Rated People Home Improvement Trends Report 2023. Download from ratedpeople.com/blog/home-improvement-trends-report.

Increasing the property's value was the #2 reason surveyed homeowners gave for wanting to improve their homes, but the #1 reason was so they could be less embarrassed about them! Considering that far more people will see the outside of your home than the inside, upgrading the garden would be a good place to generate some pride and needn't cost a lot, either.



Cognitive Difference
 ( From Get Results Gardening
   13th May 2022 )

A new American study focused on middle-aged women has shown that green space in the vicinity of their homes is associated with better cognitive function.

This didn't appear to have anything to do with lower pollution levels or increased physical activity, but with a reduction in depression. The fact that both depression and cognitive decline are linked to the the development of dementia gives these findings added significance.

"Some of the primary ways that nature may improve health is by helping people recover from psychological stress and by encouraging people to be outside socializing with friends," said lead author Marcia Pescador Jimenez. "Increasing everyday access to vegetation across vulnerable groups in urban cities is a crucial next step to achieve health equity."

In an upcoming project, she will analyse vegetation in more detail to understand which elements (e.g. trees, grass) may be most effective.

Read more: Living in Areas with More Greenery May Boost Cognitive Function, Boston University


  
Tree Prescription
 ( From the 8 April 2022 edition )

Using data from a northern Californian healthcare provider, a new study has shown that greener neighbourhoods produce better human health and lower medical costs.

It's possible that both could be a wealth effect, but the researchers says that income and other factors have been taken into account.

"Our findings are robust - the relationship between nearby greenness and medical care costs held for 13 years of costs, two different measures of greenness at each of three distances from home, and multiple categories of healthcare costs [e.g., emergency, hospitalization, etc.]," says Ming Kuo from the University of Illinois.

Read more: Neighborhood trees may protect against high medical costs, poor health, University of Illinois.



Addition & Subtraction
 ( From Get Results Gardening
   1st April 2022 )

UK company Roofing Megastore has done a survey of prospective homebuyers to find out which garden improvements might add the most value to a property.

Bearing in mind how housing styles and tastes may differ in Australia and that the results are based on what people say they would pay, the results are interesting.

Not suprisingly, expensive additions like entertaining areas or studios added value, but not by as much as you might expect considering what they probably cost.

On the other hand, some basic enhancements performed relatively well, including established, well maintained lawns and gardens. According to this survey, just painting the fences could add a lot of value.

When it comes to things that could devalue a home, it's clear that damage and neglect are big turn-offs. Rubbish, weeds, broken fences and overgrown grass could lower offers by thousands of pounds.

Read more: The Garden Trends That Add The Most Value To Your Home In 2022, Roofing Megastore


  
Green residential court yards in Potsdam    
Credit: Jan Michalko, University of Potsdam     
Courting Coolness
 ( From the 28 January 2022 edition )

A study conducted in Potsdam, Germany, compared four comparable urban spaces surrounded by five-story apartments.

They found that even small differences in the amount of greenery produced benefits for residents, particularly summer cooling. The presence of trees and shrubs reduced temperatures up to 11°C in these courtyards.

The maximum value recorded in the least-vegetated courtyard during the study was 45°C, demonstrating that even in northern Europe, humans can be at risk of heat stress.

If such events become more frequent, the need for sustainable mitigation measures becomes even more important.




Get Your Daily Dose
 ( From Get Results Gardening
   30th April 2021 )

It's well established that gardening is associated with mental health. A new study out of the UK has looked at the "dose" you might need.

The researchers found gardening 2-3 times per week was effective, but daily was even better at lowering stress and improving wellbeing.



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Just click on the email link below & send
an email with "Try GRG" as the subject:


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No additional message is required, but feel free to include a note about your gardening interests, problems or topics you'd like to see covered. All messages are read and feedback is welcome! Friday mailout will go to the address from which you sent the request.
After your free, no-obligation trial runs out, emails will simply stop unless you request a paid subscription. There's no need to unsubscribe or cancel if you're not interested in continuing. (If you want emails to stop before the trial expires, see How to unsubscribe.)
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free trial, the cost for one year will be $55.00 incl. GST.
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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?