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Red Hot Pokers (Kniphofia)

Gardens look brilliant with dazzling red and yellow flowers, but if you want a magnificent stately flower spike that stands metres high, then you can’t go past the Red Hot Poker (Kniphofia).   Red Hot Pokers are a simple looking plant with straplike leaves but their magnificent flower spikes that can stand metres tall are why gardeners choose to plant …

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How to Grow Broccoli

Broccoli is a wonderful addition to the garden, delicious steamed, grilled, in a stir-fry or added raw to a salad (wonderful with walnuts). Here is everything you need to know how to grow broccoli. Broccoli loves the cold/winter season. It needs good drainage and plenty of sunlight, although late-maturing varieties may prefer some shade to protect them from sudden heat …

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Growing Citrus Trees – oranges, limes and lemons

Growing fruit in your own backyard can be fun, rewarding and just plain delicious. Suited to most climatic zones in Australia and easy to grow, citrus trees are the pick of the crop. Citrus trees are well suited to home growing and with minimal care will reward you for years with juicy, delicious fruit. Now is a great time of …

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Planting and growing bromeliads – bromeliad types

Delve into the exotic world of bromeliads and see how many of our popular garden plants are classified under the bromeliad family. Originating from the tropical Americas, bromeliads come in array of fascinating florescent colours, leaf characteristics and growing habits bringing an instant touch of the tropics to the coolest and driest climate gardens. Many are epiphytes (i.e. using other …

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Autumn bulb planting for spring colour

It’s always exciting when bulb time comes round again and shops and nurseries around the country display a wonderful array of colourful varieties to add special magic to your spring and summer gardens. Autumn bulb planting for the stunning spring display is very popular in Victoria, NSW and cooler areas of Queensland. Most bulbs are suitable to be planted in …

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Growing Hoyas

Hoyas will quickly become a gardeners favourite after they experience their hardiness and scented pendulous blooms during the warmer months. With many variations available to suit different climatic zones and large pendulous blooms, this hardy evergreen climber will grow on you. Most commonly grown, and familiar to many as the wax flower, the Hoya carnosa is easy to grow. Australia …

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Tuna & mixed greens salad recipe

A simple throw together salad using your favourite piscine morsels delivering the taste of summer.   Ingredients 450g tin of premium tuna (tinned or cooked salmon or smoked trout can be used as a substitute) 1 cucumber, thinly sliced 200g medley cherry tomatoes handful baby spinach 50g olives 1 red onion, cut into wedges 1 avocado, sliced thinly 3 cooked …

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Growing Cucumbers

Cucumber is one of the easiest crops to grow and their health benefits and body temperature cooling properties make them an ideal addition to any summer salad.   When to plant cucumbers Cucumbers are a warm season crop and should be sown or transplanted in spring once the soil has warmed up, and through summer. For dry tropics and tropical  …

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Tropical plants for any climate

These tropical-like plants are not limited to just the warmer parts of Australian gardens, their hardiness makes them a viable option for cooler zone gardens to obtain a tropical paradise. For many people, the allure of a tropical garden bursting at the seams with lush foliage plants is something that easily captures the imagination from the avid long-term gardeners to …

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Herbs that love the heat – Summer herbs

Basil Plant basil in a sheltered position and keep it well-watered in the heat of summer. Pruning (or regular harvest) can keep the plants compact and also extend their productive life. Unlike most herbs, its flavour increases with cooking. Includes sweet basil, purple basil, etc. Chives Hardy in garden beds or in pots, plant chives in full sun but don’t …

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