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How to Grow Beans

Growing beans in Australia vegetable garden

Beans are an easy-to-grow, productive and nutritious warm-season crop. Eaten cooked or raw, they are an excellent source of dietary fibre, vitamins, minerals and micronutrients. Preparing the Soil Beans prefer a slightly acidic soil between pH 6.5–5.5 (learn how to use a soil pH test kit). They need full sun and a well-drained, friable soil. At least two weeks before ... Read More »

Six (6) Garden Gift Ideas for Practical Mum’s

Six garden gift ideas for practical mums

If you always struggle to come up with a unique gift idea for Mother’s Day, here are our top six (6) gardening gifts for practical mum’s: 1. Potted fruit tree It’s actually surprising how many dwarf fruit tree varieties are available at your local gardening expert.  Depending on your temperate zone in Australia you can pot lemons, fig, apples, mulberry, ... Read More »

How to Grow Camellias

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Camellias are adored by home gardeners for the sheer beauty of their blooms and foliage. Given the right conditions, camellias are long-living and very easy care. Here are some growing tips to get your started! Soil preparation Before planting camellias, it’s important to prepare soils well with plenty of composted organic matter. Good drainage is also vital. If your soil ... Read More »

How to Grow Sunpatiens®

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SunPatiens® offer unrivalled three-season flower power as the first impatien to thrive in FULL SUN plus withstand heat, humidity, rain and shade! These remarkable plants represent a breeding breakthrough and are a cross between a wild Impatien species and a New Guinea Impatien. Delivering continuous colour from spring through to Autumn, SunPatiens are unaffected by downy mildew and less prone ... Read More »

How to Grow Beetroot

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  Beetroot is great to have on hand and is so easy to grow, you’ll only wish you’d planted some sooner…  How to plant Beetroot is best sown as seed, although if transplanted carefully, seedlings will also develop well. Where to plant Beetroot will grow best in a loose, fairly sandy soil. They are not fussy however, and will also grow well in ... Read More »

Easy as! Strawberry Planter

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Don’t let having a limited space hold you back from trying your hand at home grown strawberries. Strawberries are great container growers, you can plant your crop in pots, hang in baskets, potting mix bags or even this specially designed strawberry planter bag! These strawberry bag planters are ideal for those with balcony or courtyard gardens, as they are light ... Read More »

How to Grow Potato – The Super Tuber

How to grow potato the super tuber

The potato originated in the Andes Mountains where it was cultivated by Pre-Columbian Indians. It was taken to Spain by the Conquistadors, but because of its association with poisonous plants (it is a member of the nightshade family) the potato didn’t come to prominence in Europe until introduced into Ireland in the 17th century. Being so nutritious and easily grown in poor soil, ... Read More »

How to Grow Cooler Climate Tibouchina

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Tibouchina are no longer restricted to the more tropical states of Australia, with the release of the Tibouchina ‘Cool Baby’ and Tibouchina ‘Groovy Baby’.  Not only do they perform well in cooler climates, they are hardy, beautiful in full flower and being compact are ideal for pots.   General Care Tips Tibouchina ‘Cool Baby’ and Tibouchina ‘Groovy Baby’ perform best ... Read More »

How to Grow African Violets (Saintpaulias)

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They may have a touch of ‘granny’, but African Violets make for marvellous flowering indoor plants and are the ideal choice for terrarium displays.  Location African Violets require moderate to bright indirect light all year round to encourage flowering. A well lit kitchen bench or coffee table is perfect. They also prefer humidity in the atmosphere (thus why they are ... Read More »