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Community nurseries are sometimes a little known asset to their local communities and usually concentrate on growing plants indigenous to their region.

For those unfamiliar with the terminology, a plant which is indigenous to a particular region is naturally part of the flora of that region and is adapted to local conditions.

It is quite safe to grow the majority of native plants, provided they will tolerate the soil type and weather conditions, but always think carefully before planting anything which seeds prolifically or grows too readily from vegetative parts. Just as with some non-native plants, there are natives which may become weeds.

Your local community nursery is unlikely to provide for all your garden needs but will provide useful advice if you are new to the area, be able to identify a fair cross-section of the local plants and most of the local weeds. Most groups have a website which provides general information and contact numbers and possibly also a list of plants in stock.
A visit is well worthwhile.

From a 3 page Feature Article in Issue Thirteen
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What is grey water?
Officially grey water is domestic waste water from baths, showers, basins, laundries and kitchens, but not water from toilets. Grey water generated from the kitchen, swimming pools and spa pools should not be reused for irrigation.

Within Queensland, grey water may be applied to the garden by manual bucketing, connecting a flexible hose to a washing machine outlet; or via a council approved grey water diversion device or treatment plant installed by a licensed plumber. Installation and maintenance of professionally installed grey water diversion devices is currently rebated in South East Queensland.

A horticulturist or local nursery should be consulted regarding plants that may be damaged by nutrient and salt found in grey water. Signs of plant stress include wilting, leaf rolling and leaf death. Plants under stress are also susceptible to greater damage from other stresses such as high or low temperatures and foot traffic. If any stress symptoms are observed you should only use the highest quality grey water.

From a 2 page Feature Article in Issue Thirteen
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