New Release: The Thrifty Gardener by Millie Ross

‘I don’t believe in rules, particularly when it comes to building a garden. There is no better way to work it out than doing it yourself.’ 

ABC Gardening Australia magazine’s Millie Ross is an innovative young gardener, with an unconventional approach and a commitment to making gardening accessible to everyone.

Packed with groovy, chic garden projects, from native bee-houses to outdoor showers, edible cubby houses to bedspring frames for climbers, all made from repurposed materials, her book the thrifty gardener shows you how to build the garden you want with  whatever you’ve got!

Whether you own a tiny courtyard or a massive suburban tract, Millie will show you how to:

  • plan it: assess your site, microclimates and soil conditions
  • design it: develop a style, from industrial oasis to nanna chic, renters’ ‘mobile’ garden to edible ornamentals
  • build it: construct paths, fences, walls, fireplaces, ponds and other structures
  • grow it: grow plants in raised and self-watering beds, hydroponically, and in containers and pots
  • plant it: pick the right plants — indoor and outdoor, shade and sun, native and exotic — and produce plants from seeds and cuttings or by propagation, pollination and grafting
  • love it: maintain, irrigate, feed, prune, mulch, compost and weed your garden and eliminate pests
  • eat it: grow an abundant fruit, vegetable & herb garden for next to nothing.

Millie Ross is the ‘Thrifty Gardens’ columnist with Gardening Australia magazine and senior researcher for ABC TV’s Gardening Australia. She is a horticulturalist, radio broadcaster and garden designer and blogs at

Buy the book here…

Published by

Clayton Wehner

Clayton is the founder and managing director of Boomerang Books. In a past life, Clayton worked for 12 years as an intelligence officer in the Australian Army and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. He is a graduate of the Australian Defence Force Academy and the Royal Military College Duntroon and holds a BA (Hons) in Political Science and a Master of Management Studies (Human Resource Management) from the UNSW. He is also a trained Indonesian linguist and served with the United Nations in East Timor as an interpreter/translator.