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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.

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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 05-11-2021
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
Get Results Gardening 04-06-21
TOP PLANT: Pink Trumpet Tree Handroanthus heptaphyllus (H. impetiginosus)
LOCAL NEWS: Brisbane Parks An Escape For Some
BASICS: Embrace the power of Scientific Names (Part 3)
LOCAL NEWS: Gardens' Map in an App
Get Results Gardening 23-04-2021
TOP PLANT: Rosemary Rosmarinus officinalis
LOCAL NEWS: A Boardwalk for Bli Bli
GROW GROW GROW: Does Darkness Cause the Green Space Effect?
THIS WEEKEND: Sneaky Bulb Destroyers
Get Results Gardening 16-04-2021
TOP PLANTS: Lobelia Lobelia erinus
DESIGN: Give Your Garden The Blues
THE WORLD OF PLANTS: Edited Eucalyptus
Get Results Gardening 09-04-2021
TOP PLANT: Fried Egg Plant Gordonia axillaris
BASICS: Climber Caution
Get Results Gardening 15-01-2021
TOP PLANT: Crossandra Crossandra infundibuliformis
BASICS: pH (Part Two)
LOCAL NEWS: A Paucity of Platypuses
THIS WEEKEND: Catch A Caterpillar
Get Results Gardening 08-01-2021
TOP PLANT: Indian Mast Tree Polyalthia longifolia var. pendula
BASICS: pH (Part One)
LOCAL NEWS: Bonsai House Set To Grow

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 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!

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.

Forever Gardens
 ( From Get Results Gardening
  6th December, 2019 )

Research by Insurance company LV= General Insurance in the United Kingdom has shown that 86% of homeowners there have decided to make improvements to their current home and make it their "forever home".

28% of those living in their "forever home" renovated instead of upgrading to another house due to cost.

Landscaping (39%) was one of the top three improvements people make when settling in forever, after redecorating the house to their taste (58%) and kitchen refurbishment (50%).

Read more: 15 Million homeowners renovate to create their 'forever home', LV= General Insurance

Reno Vs Move
 ( From Get Results Gardening
  6th September, 2019 )

Here's something for property watchers that Get Results Gardening missed when it came out in May.

In the 2019 "Great Australian Backyard Survey" commissioned by Adbri Masonry, 76.8% of respondents said they were unlikely to move given the state of the housing market. 32.4% of respondents intended to live in their home for more than 20 years.

Rather than move, 68.3% were planning to upgrade their front or back yards this year. With cost a big concern, most prefer to break such renovations down into smaller projects that they can tackle over time.

More about the survey plus some advice from Adbri Masonry can be found at

Growing Brains
(From Get Results Gardening 9th September, 2018)

Recently released results of a psychological study suggest greener neighborhoods may improve children's brains.

11-year-olds living in urban areas of England were assessed. Even after allowing for socio-economic factors associated with neighbourhoods, more greenspace was correlated with better spatial working memory.

This cognitive function records and processes information about an individual's surroundings and is related to attention control. It's also correlated with academic achievement.

While this study couldn't prove that the environment directly caused the better memory performance, it points the way to further research and another possible benefit of more parks and gardens in cities.

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