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Guardians of the garden – Beneficial (predatory) backyard insects

Guardians of the garden - Beneficial (predatory) backyard insect

Secretly, each day, there are millions of insects in gardens fighting the good fight against other insects which cause damage to our loved garden plants and trees. Lets take a look at beneficial insects in the backyard.    Along with the pretty and well-known species that we recognise buzzing about pollinating plant to plant, they are mirrored by those that wish ... Read More »

2018 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 | Winter 2018 Edition | Issue 85 Issue 85 features; Different natives to try, winter flowering new releases, planting leeks, cute foliage options for indoor decorating.  About the Garden ... Read More »

Fruity Nutty Carrot Slaw Salad

Fruity Nutty Carrot slaw salad recipe.indd

Made in 10 minutes, this recipe for carrot slaw side dish is ideal to serve up as a BBQ side salad with your favourite meat or use as a wrap filling for a healthy lunch time bite.    Ingredients 450g or approx. 5 medium sized, coarsely grated carrots 2 sticks of celery, finely sliced 3 shallots, white and green parts, ... Read More »

How to Care for Hibiscus

How to care for hibiscus the delicate beauty aboutthegarden

For a smallish shrub of fairly delicate habit, hibiscus sure can produce the most enormous, flamboyant flowers. They are tough, too. Even a neglected hibiscus bush can continue to flower through the harshest conditions. In the tropics, hibiscus can flower throughout the year — including winter. Hibiscus colour Choice of flower colour is endless, with the exception of a true ... Read More »

Lovely Lavender – Planting and growing lavender

Growing and planting lavender in Australia #aboutthegardenmagazi

Lavender has enjoyed universal and enduring popularity in Australian home gardens and the reasons are quite clear. They are hardy and resistant to disease as well as being stylish — suiting most garden or landscape styles, regardless of fashions or trends. Basic requirements Lavender needs full sun to grow and flower well. Without at least 6 hours of direct sun ... Read More »

Basil varieties to grow

Basil varieties to grow in Australia #aboutthegardenmagazine.ind

pictured above: sweet basil & purple basil We have all used the common sweet basil. Now its time to grow the other basil varieties. Lemon (Ocimum citriodorum) or Lime basil Lemon basil gives a great citrus zing to salads and stir fries. (annual) Thai basil (Ocimum basilicum ssp.) Plant the beautiful and delicious Thai basil year-round in frost-free zones. Its distinct ‘licorice’ flavour ... Read More »

How to grow Pumpkin Power

How to Grow Pumpkin Power #australia #gardening #garden #vegetable #aboutthegarden

Delicious in scones, soup and puddings, the sweet, creamy texture of pumpkin also makes it a favourite in vegetarian curries and other dishes. What’s more, pumpkin is so easy to grow it is a favourite in the children’s garden. Here’s how to get the most from your pumpkin patch! Pumpkins are so easy to grow that they have been known ... Read More »

Roasted pumpkin & feta salad recipe

Roasted pumpkin and feta salad recipe.indd

Try this hearty summer salad when guests next pop around for a BBQ. It ticks all the boxes on health, taste & quick prep. Ingredients 400g cubed pumpkin Red onion Packet of baby spinach 1/2 cup walnuts Persian feta 200g baby beets, quartered Dressing 2 tbsp Balsamic vinegar 1 tsp honey 1 tbsp olive oil Method Place pumpkin cubes and ... Read More »

Succulent plant care – how to grow and plant succulents

Succulent plant care in Australia #aboutthegardenmagazine.indd

Succulents are known for their hardiness and water wise habits, but succulents still need a little love and attention. Here are the simple rules to keep succulents looking their best. Planting succulents For ideal soil conditions use the planting mix specially designed for their nutrient requirements. Searles Cacti & Succulent Mix feeds succulents and cacti for 9 months and has ... Read More »