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Three (3) Lawn Alternatives for Garden Spaces

Three (3)Lawn alternatives for yards #aboutthegarden

Forget traditional grass lawns, these three plants are the ideal lawn alternatives for garden spaces. 1. Zoysia tenuifolia (NO MOW GRASS!) This finely-textured perennial grass forms low, dense clumps and won’t grow long. Great for: Lawns, embankments, between pavers and in pots. Position: Plant in a warm position in well drained sandy soil. Plant in frost free areas. Care: Little ... Read More »

St Patrick’s Day Sweet Peas

how to grow sweet pea for St Patricks day fun

Now is the time of year to plant sweet peas and although they are traditionally planted on St. Patrick’s Day, it is recommended that when planting them into garden beds, the soil is prepared at least a week earlier. The correct preparation now will ensure a spectacular display right through into spring. Soil preparation: Sweet peas love full sun and ... Read More »

Fourteen (14) Fabulous Foliage Plant for Indoor Spaces

Fourteen (14) foliage plants for indoor spaces #aboutthegarden

Create striking indoor garden areas in your home with architectural indoor foliage plants. These indoor plants are hardy and love to be around people and living areas.    1. Ficus ‘Turban’ This hot little number is finding popularity as an attractive and hardy house plant.  Position: Great in large containers in a medium to high light situation.  Care: Keep moist and ... Read More »

Five (5) HOT daisy-like flowers for Autumn colour

Five (5) daily like flowers for autumn colour ALL #aboutthegarden

If it’s bold, bright colour you want from your daisies, the dahlia 
is for you! Native mainly to Mexico, dahlias offer some of the brightest hues of yellow, fire engine red, orange, magenta, hot and pastel pink, almost black and even bicoloured varieties. Another contender for fiery colour is the hardy calendula which blooms almost year round in shades of ... Read More »

How to Care for Staghorn and Elkhorn Ferns

how to care for and propogate staghorns and elkhorns aboutthegarden

The spectacular staghorn fern is an epiphyte or ‘air plant’, which grows without soil. Native to Australian rainforests, the staghorn Platycerium superbum and closely related elkhorn Platycerium bifurcatum will grow just about anywhere in filtered light with protection from winds. Which is which? Staghorns are larger and have a large, shield-like frond at the front which curves outward to collect ... Read More »

Autumn herb, fruit & vegies planting guide by temperate zones

Autumn edibles, vegetables, herbs and fruit Guide by regional zone Australia gardening

What will grow in your garden this Autumn? Have no idea? Then refer to our temperate zone planting guide! It’s so easy,  just locate your  zone on the map and discover all the delicious produce you can be enjoying.  Happy Gardening! Subtropical (includes: South-east Qld & Northern NSW) HERBS – plant chervil, chicory, coriander, fennel, garlic bulbs, lavender, marjoram, oregano, parsley, ... Read More »

Autumn flowers planting guide by regional zones

Autumn Flower Guide by regional zone Australian Gardening aboutthegardenmagazine

What colour will grow in your garden this Autumn Have no idea? Then refer to our regional zone planting guide! It’s so easy, just locate your  zone on the map and discover all the colour you can be enjoying. If you are having difficulty reading the planting guide or wish to print off a PDF copy refer below. Happy Autumn Gardening! Subtropical ... Read More »

Recipe Garlic Prawn Skewers

Garlic prawn skewers Recipe #basil #pasta #recipe #aboutthegarden

Ingredients wooden skewers soaked in water for 1 hour prior 1 1/2 tbsps olive oil 3 x cloves garlic, crushed 1 small chilli, deseeded & crushed 1 tbsp lemon juice Salt & pepper 500g green prawns, shelled with tails intact   Method 1. Combine olive oil, garlic, chillies, lemon juice, salt & pepper in a bowl 2. Add green prawns ... Read More »

Biodegradable Pots for Seedlings: Toilet Roll Method

Recycle old toilet rolls to germinate seeds!

Growing from seed is a cost effective way of getting your garden started, plus it’s a lot of fun for children to see how something as small as a carrot seed grows into a tasty vegetable for the kitchen table! Whilst you can purchase ‘seed raising trays‘ (which are very effective and great during colder months) recycling toilet rolls for ... Read More »

How to Grow Terrific Tomatoes

how to grow tomatoes in australia

There is nothing tastier than vine ripened tomatoes from the home garden. Planting Tomatoes need a sunny site and good drainage. Ensure seedlings are well anchored by planting them slightly deeper than the surrounding soil — tomato plants can become top-heavy and blow over. The taller varieties may need staking and it is best to do this at planting time ... Read More »