Neville Passmore’s Community Blog

Garden guru and media presenter Neville Passmore is an advocate for sustainable and green living.

Neville is writing a series of community blogs giving information and tips on how you can create and maintain a sustainable environment close to home, in your own garden.
  • January 2020 – Know your food, know your farmer.
    In this issue, Neville discusses food sustainability, farmers markets and fresh produce. Including a concept for a sustainability indicator app for smartphones.  Read more.
  • November 2019 – The Grass is Greener on the Other Side of Fertiliser
    In this issue, Neville reveals how he has removed fertiliser and weedicides from his lawn management regime.  Read more.
  • Aug/Sep 2019 – Waste not! Gardens, Groceries and Gourmet Food
    In this issue, Neville tackles food waste through careful shopping, composting and gardening.  Read more.
  • June/July 2019 – A Six Season WA Garden: Planting a Natural Clock
    In this issue, Neville takes a look at using Traditional Ecological Knowledge to better understand our natural environment and follow the cycles of nature in our own gardens. Read more.
  • April 2019 – Getting ready for winter planting
    We’re getting ready for winter planting and looking at the role of compost in kick-starting soil regeneration.  In this blog we look at the relationship between plant life and soil life, and how we can actually grow soil. Read more.
  • February 2019 – How to start a new garden that’s both waterwise and wildlife friendly
    We live in a harsh hot spot and water is a precious resource. I believe the Water Corporation is doing a great job in matching demand with supply.  As part of their work they are charged with the responsibility of ensuring that we have sufficient water for our well being here in WA.  Read more.
  • August 2018 – Why trees are good for suburban gardens (Part 3)
    Planning and preparation for planting trees in urban settings are essential elements of getting the right tree in the right place.  One of the most common errors is choosing inappropriate trees in the first place Read more
  • July 2018 – Why trees are good for suburban gardens (Part 2)
    Wildlife above and below the ground is encouraged by the presence of trees Read more.
  • June 2018 – Why trees are good for suburban gardens (Part 1)
    Cooling effects are at the top of my list because we are facing an urgent problem called the ‘urban heat island effect’. Read more.
  • February 2018 – The disappearing suburban backyard and the future of gardening
    Since the 1990’s new homes have eaten up backyards as we value an extra, often never used bedroom or theatre room, the result is the boundary fence has migrated right up to the rear wall of teh house and backyards as we knew them are disappearing. Read more.
  • December 2017 – Hints for getting your garden into gear for summer
    A West Australian summer is particularly harsh on topsoil and particularly the subterranean life that supports all plant growth. Read more
  • October 2017 – Community Gardens
    Inter generational gardening – bringing different ages, experiences and ideas together for the gardens of the future. One of the best examples of modern day inter generational gardening can be seen in local community gardens.  Read more.
  • August 2017 – Supporting Pollinators
    Why do we need pollinators? Most of the food crops you can think about need pollination to produce fruits or vegetables for our kitchens. The list of bee-pollinated crops is huge and if bees were not doing their job the consequences beggar the imagination.  Read more
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