Updated 27 September 2017
"Get Results Gardening" is a weekly newsletter-style email publication especially for the new, inexperienced or reluctant gardener in SE Qld.
It includes simple and achievable ideas, reliable plants, shortcuts, inspiration and motivation for a beautiful garden that compliments your house and makes your whole property more enjoyable to live in.
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Get Results Gardening is presented in a light-hearted, concise and easily-understood way. It's for someone who wants to improve their home and lifestyle with an attractive garden, but may be feeling overwhelmed or confused by all the information out there.
If that's not you, perhaps someone in your life could use some inspiration to get started? Send them this link!
Content will be tailored to south-east Queensland and northern NSW conditions (subtropical). However, there's sure to be something of interest to most Australian gardeners each week. (Editions tailored to other Australian regions may be rolled out in the future.)
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Practical issues that affect most homeowners today, like space limitations, privacy worries and water restrictions, will be some major themes. We'll also be keeping an eye on international garden trends and other lifestyle news with a gardening angle.
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 - simply explained - will be applicable to edibles as well as ornamentals.
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A study has looked at the the number of trees and income levels in seven U.S. cities. The findings? "Simply put, wealthier neighborhoods, regardless of their ethnic makeup, are more likely to have more and denser trees." Source: Boise State Economist Gets to the Root of Urban Tree Cover (April, 2015)
Anti-aging effects of trees
A Toronto-based analysis of urban greenspace and health indicates that having 11 more trees in a city block decreases cardio-metabolic conditions equivalent to an increase in personal income or being 1.4 years younger. Just 10 trees produces a self-reported increase in health perception equivalent to being 7 years younger. Source: Neighborhood greenspace and health in a large urban center (July 2015)
Good gardens reduce crime
A study in Philadelphia has correlated well-maintained vegetation with lower rates of certain crimes such as aggravated assault and and burglary. This could be partly due to the calming effect of greenery on behaviour, and partly due to the strengthened sense of community leading to greater vigilance by residents. Furthermore, the message that people care about their community - and are watching - is communicated with well- maintained gardens and public spaces. Source: Study examines deterrent effect of urban greening on crime (April 2014)
Gardens make you feel better than balconies
In Austria, 811 people across a wide age range were questioned about their restorative value of their private lounges, terraces, balconies and gardens. Gardens were rated significantly better than balconies or terraces, with the restorative value increasing with the number of "natural elements" present in the garden. Age or gender made no difference, but the reported effectiveness of gardens did depend on the individual's ability to switch off from their worries and having a positive relationship with their gardens. "The message is that you should design your garden to be as close to nature as possible but, above all, you should enjoy it." A second study is further investigating the health-promoting effects of private gardens as well as more communal gardens. Source: Public Health Study: private gardens are more restorative than lounges (April, 2016)
HortTechnology December 2016: Exploring the Benefits of School Gardening for Children in Taiwan and Identifying the Factors Influencing these Benefits. This study identified seven benefits that school gardening children can give children, including an improvement in life skills, relationships and health.
The Telegraph (UK), 18 January 2017: Sitting down for hours a day speeds up ageing - new research. Even if recommended aerobic exercise is undertaken by the elderly, the benefits can be undermined by long periods of sitting. Simple activities like pottering around the garden can help.
International Society of Arboriculture, January 2015: Global research suggests forests and green spaces have a positive effect on people's health. An overview of research and the types of collaborations tree experts are involved in with the goal of better public health.