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Small Side Garden Idea – Creating a Herb Garden

Small Side Garden Idea - Creating a Herb Garden

After two years of cultivating nothing but weeds down the western side of my home, I decided to take action and plant a small side garden, but what to grow! After some deliberation, I decided the spot would be ideal for an herb garden, not only as most herbs are lower growing plants, but most have shallow root systems, so ... Read More »

Gardening on the South Side in Australia

Gardening on the south side in Australia #aboutthegardenmagazine

A south-facing garden can make it difficult to grow vegetables or fruit trees, yet in the hot Australian climate; the gentle coolness of a southern aspect can be a true blessing. In Australia, the sun is usually in the northern part of the sky and moves even farther north in winter. On the southern side of a house, tree or other ... Read More »

Small Balcony Garden – Tips to Get You Started

Small Balcony Garden Tips to Get You Started

While balcony gardens are generally less work due to their smaller scale, they do require special attention and planning to ensure success. A plant growing permanently in a pot or tub will be more vulnerable to dry-out and sudden changes or extremes of temperature, so selecting suitable containers, plants and growing media (potting mix) is vitally important. It is also ... Read More »

Dividing and Repotting Cattleya Orchids

dividing and repotting cattleya orchids

The beautiful cattleya orchid loves a position with good, filtered sunlight or semi-shade, such as in the bough of a tree. It will grow in all parts of Australia and is easy to propagate by division.  Four (4) steps to dividing and repotting cattleyas STEP 1: Like most orchids, cattleyas prefer to be pot bound rather than overpotted. This is ... Read More »

Vegetable Companion Plants – Autumn

Vegetables companion plants autumn about the garden

   If your planting a vegetable garden this Autumn, it’s a good idea to keep some basic companion planting principles in mind when sowing or planting vegetable seedlings. Situating your vegetable plants next to the ‘right friends’ is a bit like socialising at a family gathering. Think about it, your more likely to engage and have a good time with ... Read More »

Pawpaw Black Spot: Mildew Disease

pawpaw disease Watch black spots on leaves pawpaw mildew #aboutthegarden

Watch out for Black Spot on your pawpaws, generally seen in cool weather or after periods of wet weather. Plants lacking in minerals and unbalanced soil structures are more susceptible to diseases. Add a layer of 5IN1® Organic Plant Food over the soil and water plant with a dose of Searles Liquid Potash to keep pawpaws healthy and fruiting. How to ... Read More »

Garden Centres Fundraising for Depression Awareness

Garden Centres Fundraising for Depression Awareness save these dates in march 2015

 Gardening is more than just fun, it’s a way to relax and detach from the everyday. Research proves that being outdoors can significantly improve your quality of life. As such, Independent Garden Centres across Australia will be hosted a united fundraising effort over Saturday 7th March and Sunday 8th March called ‘garden RELEAF‘. The objective of garden RELEAF is to raise awareness ... Read More »

2015 About the Garden Magazine Archive

About the Garden Magazine is a FREE publication distributed through a network of garden centres, nurseries, hardware stores and landscaping yards. They are your local gardening experts visit yours today! About the Garden | Summer 2015 Edition | Issue 75 Issue 75 features; Fragrant climbers, growing pawpaw, ginger, coffee time treats to make and what to grow now. About the Garden | Spring 2015 Edition ... Read More »

Hibiscus Flower Beetle Garden Pest

hibiscus pests and diseases australia hibsicus flower beetle

The worst pest of the hibiscus is the hibiscus flower beetle, which feeds on the unopened and developing flower bud. Healthy plants will detect the hibiscus beetle and drop the damaged flower buds, so if you notice flowers falling prematurely it can usually be taken as a sign of the beetle’s presence. Control hibiscus beetle and aphids on hibiscus with ... Read More »