get a sizzling garden in time for summer

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Confession time: I tend to buy plants with the best of intentions and months later I’m bidding them adieu as they go to garden heaven. I’m going to kerb my bad habits and become a green thumb this spring (don’t doubt me) and these tips from landscape designer Matt Leacy are the start of my education. Spend some time on your garden now, Matt says, and you’ll be spending summer amongst lush greenery. Read on for his expert tips.

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tips for getting your herb garden going

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Now it’s no secret that I’m a tad garden challenged. I do love to buy plants for my courtyard, but I seldom seem to be able to keep them alive. I am tinkering with the idea, though, of a herb garden this winter. Naturally, I turned to foodie, blogger extraordinaire and more importantly – skilled gardner – Melanie from The Adventures of Miss Piggy, to give me some tips on how to get my herb garden going.

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my low budget, low maintenance garden

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Plants are that demanding sometimes that I just lose interest in trying to keep them going all the time. Short of having a courtyard that resembles a cement museum, I had to find some low maintenance greenery to give my garden a low-budget pop. Half-an-hour in Flower Power was all it took to get these hardy babies a new home (and they’re still alive!). Total spend on plants and soil was around $60.

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industrial dream in the clock hotel’s new courtyard

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It’s safe to say I’ve been going to The Clock Hotel for many years. In fact, my partner and I had our second date there (cue the dreamy, romantic music), so it’s more than cemented itself as one of Surry Hills’ definitive go-to destinations for not only myself but my circle, too. For a long time, locals knew that an arvo at The Clock was all about the upstairs balcony. But hold the phones, creatives, because the downstairs area has had a major revamp and it’s an industrial dream I never want to leave (what balcony?!).

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rustic charm at the norfolk surry hills

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Confession time: I’ve lived in the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney for well over six years and prior to last weekend I had not been to The Norfolk. Even after its killer makeover in December 2010 (I know, cuff me and throw away the key). Plenty of people had told me how much I would love the beer garden there – and after sitting in it for a few hours recently, they weren’t wrong. It’s laid-back, mismatched retro vibe is right up my alley (as are the cocktails)!

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