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Scale – insects on plants

Scale on citrus #desease #garden #aboutthegarden

Scale are sap-sucking insects which commonly affect home grown citrus, natives, roses, flowers and ornamental shrubs. In severe infestations, the foliage is covered by a sooty black mould. This is because the scale insect secretes a sugary substance that causes the sooty mould to blossom over the foliage. The sooty mould looks terrible but is not an active threat other ... Read More »

Aphids – insects on plants

Aphids on Citrus #pest #aphids #citrus #garden #aboutthegarden

Aphids commonly appear on flushes of new growth and quite often they will only remain on the plant for a short period of time. Generally, if there are predatory insects in the area such as ladybird larvae, the aphids will be kept under control. In severe cases, spray them with Searles Bug Beater, a natural pyrethrum spray. For an organic ... Read More »

How to Grow Poinsettia

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There is nothing finer than the sight of a poinsettia blooming naturally. The hot red colour of its bracts never fail to liven and its famous red and green foliage has become an important part of Christmas tradition. But did you know that in Australia the poinsettia is artificially coaxed into its flamboyant floral displays for Christmas, preferring to flower ... Read More »

How to Grow Frangipani

how to grow frangipani summers super scent

Frangipani is loved for its exquisitely formed, fragrant flowers. Despite its lush, tropical appearance, this tree is drought hardy and suited to many garden styles, bringing beauty to almost any garden. Low maintenance and easily propagated from cuttings, there’s little wonder this is one of Queensland’s most popular shade trees. Frangipani can grow up to 10m tall when unpruned, but ... Read More »

How to Grow Cycads the Prehistoric

how to grow cycads the prehistoric plant

Despite being one of the most fascinating plants in Australian home gardens, the cycad is also one of the easiest to grow. This ancient plant also suits a variety of different garden styles, being as much at home in a rainforest garden or Aztec-style desert landscape, as it is in a super slick modern or formal garden.  Cycad prehistoric origin ... Read More »

Create a Backyard Frog Refuge

Frog in haven #frog #garden #aboutthegarden

A chorus of frog calls can create a wonderful atmosphere around your home on a summer night. These friendly critters also do a great job of controlling insect pests. You may also be surprised how little effort it takes to create an inviting haven for local frogs in your garden. Here’s how… Use natural or poison-free methods of solving garden ... Read More »

Colour Wheels: Repurposed Car Tyre Garden

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When my husband finished building our daughters cubby house, I realised just how steep the slippery slide he put on the cubby was for a three year old. In truth, I had a little ‘mummy panic’ envisioning trips to emergency with broken arms and split heads. After some convincing, my husband suggested that we look at placing recycled car tyres along ... Read More »

How to Grow Capsicum Rainbow

How to Grow- Capsicum #green #capsicum #vegetable #garden #aboutthegarden

When & where to plant In spring or summer, choose the sunniest part of your vegetable patch to plant capsicums. They require heat to enable their fruit to ripen. Make sure the soil is deep enough to anchor their extensive root system. Do not plant them where other members of the Solanaceae family (eggplants, potatoes, tomatoes) have previously grown.   ... Read More »

Part 1: Growing Asian Herbs

How to grow an asian herb garden #aboutthegarden

South-East Asian cuisine encompasses the refreshing and often pungent fragrances and flavours of Burma, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Indonesia and Thailand cooking. Dishes are mostly an amalgamation of four contrasting flavours of hot, sour, sweet and salty and herbs play an important role in this fusion. Here are some commonly used herbs of South-East Asia.   Coriander (annual) Coriander is used ... Read More »

Recipe Vietnamese Mango Chicken

Recipe- Stirfry Chicken mango strip #recipe #

Ingredients: 2 tablespoons fish sauce 1 teaspoon brown sugar 1 teaspoon lime sauce 1/4 teaspoon pepper 4 tablespoons oil 500g boneless chicken breast, cubed 1 medium chilli, finely diced 2 teaspoons minced garlic 200g peas or snow peas, halved 1 tomato, diced 1/2 cup cashew nuts 1 large ripe mango, sliced Method: Handful of coriander for garnish Dissolve sugar with fish ... Read More »