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9 tips to keep cut flowers flowering longer

9 tips for how to keep cut flowers flowering longer in Australia

Try these 9 ways to keep cut flowers flowering longer.  Cut off the stems an inch every two days. This will keep the end of the stem open to draw water upwards. Fill a clean vase with warm water and replace water every two days. Add a 1/2 teaspoon each of bleach, sugar and white vingear into the water to ... Read More »

Mandevilla – Large flower plant climber

Mandevillas climbing plant in Australia #aboutthegardenmagazine.

Have you ever wished you could ‘splash’ colourful flowers all over your garden, as if with a magical paintbrush? Mandevillas can do just that, providing bold, tropical colour and looking fabulous for most of the year with minimal effort. Mandevilla (sometimes called Dipladenia) is a lush, tropical climber that flowers flamboyantly all year round In warmer climates. Hardy and versatile, ... Read More »

How to control common Winter weeds

Control Winter weeds in Australia #aboutthegardenmagazine.indd

Most lawn weeds begin their germination and growth in winter, especially bindii, clovers and broad leaf weeds, so this is the perfect time to commence an eradication program for a weed free lawn through the spring and summer seasons. STEP 1. Winter lawn growth is slow in Winter so you can afford to keep the lawn longer to keep out ... Read More »

Easy Bird Seed Hanging Feeder to make

Bird Seed Hanging Feeder recipe #garden aboutthegarden.com.au.in

Bird Seed Hanging Feeder Want to attract more birds to your garden? Here is an easy and quick recipe to whip up in the kitchen and hang in your favourite tree. Make a cup of coffee and watch your feathered friends come to visit. Ingredients 2 x 50g gelatine packets 250ml water 2 or 3 cups of bird seed Oil ... Read More »

5 Tips for gardening in a small space

5 tips for gardening in a small space #aboutthegardenmagazine.in

Not long ago, I found myself cooped up in a modest dwelling, a studio size apartment with barely enough space to swing a cat, the type of property a real estate listing would call humble and full of character. Being a competent gardener, I craved a bit of nature, the feeling of soil through my fingers, the aromatic scents of ... Read More »

How to design the Perfect Outdoor Lighting Setting

How to Design outdoor lighting #aboutthegardenmagazine.indd

  It was only a hundred years or so ago that electrical lighting was a luxury, not something virtually everyone in the Western world enjoyed. Today, advancements in light bulb technology mean we can illuminate our homes using a fraction of the electricity of the past. But are we really limited to just brightening our homes? Landscape lighting is an ... Read More »

6 Tips for the ultimate urban balcony garden

6 tips for ultimate urban balcony garden #aboutthegardenmagazine

City living has its drawbacks for gardening enthusiasts. With ever-soaring apartment prices, interior living space is often cramped and outdoor space is seriously limited. But life in the concrete jungle need not be completely devoid of greenery. Before you give apartment living the (green) thumbs down, dig into these 6 tips for cultivating the ultimate urban balcony garden.   1. Look ... Read More »

Spring is peak tick season

Tick season in Australia #aboutthegardenmagazine.indd

This is the time of year to be vigilant about checking pets for paralysis tick. Although ticks can occur year round, their peak period is spring and summer when warm weather combines with periods of rain. The paralysis tick (Ixodes holocyclus) is found along most of Australia’s east coast where an estimated 20,000 domestic animals are paralysed every year. These ... Read More »

Everything You Need to Know About Pressure Pumps

Everything you need to know about pressure pumps about the garden

Looking for a way to get more out of your tank water, but without hurting your bank account – or the environment? It’s time you got to know all about pressure pumps.  The primary job of a pressure pump is to make your tank water supply as effective, powerful and versatile as mains water. Without one, your harvested rainwater is ... Read More »

Three Backyard Ideas for Winter Building Projects

three winter garden build ideas about the garden magazine

It’s the great Australian dream to have a outdoor entertainment space. Somewhere to BBQ on Australia Day, enjoy cocktails or a few beers on a Sunday afternoon or just watch the kids take a dip in the pool. Winter is the ideal time to schedule in a building project, getting your entertainment space ready for the warmer months and endless Summer entertaining. ... Read More »