Visit land­scape de­signer Michael Bates’s moun­tain re­treat; plus seeds and gar­den fur­nish­ings you’ll love.

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Spring is the per­fect time to be­gin planting seeds for sum­mer crops, such as toma­toes, basil and egg­plants. Need a lit­tle help to get started? Head to the Lit­tle Veg­gie Patch Co. on­line store for an ex­cel­lent bunch of heir­loom herb and veg­etable seeds, $5 a packet. (03) 9531 5594; lit­tleveg­


Get the kids out­side and shel­tered from the sun in this glo­ri­ous Ted tent, $348, from Na­tive Swin­son. De­signed by artist Kate Swin­son, who grew up in Table­top, NSW, it’s made from hand-printed 100 per cent cot­ton can­vas and fea­tures Kate’s gor­geous gum leaf il­lus­tra­tions. The tent is por­ta­ble, easy to as­sem­ble and can be set up in­doors or out — for lit­tle and big kids alike. 0408 624 893; na­tiveswin­

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The Millthorpe Gar­den Ram­ble is a great ex­cuse to visit the gor­geous town of Millthorpe, near Or­ange in Cen­tral West NSW, and delve into its ex­quis­ite gar­dens. While you’re there, take a walk down the main street and visit one of the cafés or shops in this thriv­ing village. Gar­dens open Novem­ber 3–4, from 10am–4pm. It costs $25 to ac­cess all 10 gar­dens or $5 per gar­den. 0419 431 785; millthor­pevil­

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