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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 ... Read More »

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 ... Read More »

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  ... Read More »

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 ... Read More »

Summer herb, fruit & vegies planting guide by temperate zones

What will grow in your garden this Summer? Have no idea? Then refer to our temperate zone planting guide! It’s so easy, just locate your  zone on the map and discover all the delicious produce you can be enjoying. If you are having difficulty reading the planting guide or wish to print off a PDF copy refer below. Happy Summer ... Read More »

Summer flower planting guide by regional zones Australia

What colour will grow in your garden this Summer? Have no idea? Then refer to our regional zone planting guide! It’s so easy, just locate your  zone on the map and discover all the colour you can be enjoying. If you are having difficulty reading the planting guide or wish to print off a PDF copy refer below. Happy Summer ... Read More »

How to Grow Hydrangea

how to grow hydrangea in the garden or in a pot

Originating from Japan or the Americas, the hydrangea is a beautiful and hardy shrub and a tried-and-true favourite in Australian gardens. Its lush appearance and long-lasting, showy blooms can bring a touch of the tropics to even the coldest of climates and its ability to flower in damp, shady areas makes it one of our most sought-after garden plants.   ... Read More »

Growing Eggplant (Aubergine) – egg plant from the garden

Growing eggplant in the garden about the garden magazine

Eggplant is a delicious, low cholesterol vegetable that is a member of the Solanaceae (potato) family. When to plant Eggplant can be planted throughout autumn and winter in warmer temperate zones, spring and summer for the colder southern states of Australia visit the Winter Herbs Fruit Vegies Planting Guide by Regional Zone. Soil preparation Eggplants need a rich, well-worked soil ... Read More »

Healthy Lawns Lawn Grub Treatment

Garden Watch Treating Lawn Grub Infestations

Lawn grubs are easy to control. Sprinkle Searles Lawn Grub Killer or Searles Dead Grub Pro (Bifenthrin) granules evenly over the ground where lawn grubs are present and water it in well. Alternatively, attach the Searles Lawn Grub Killer 2 litre Hose-On pack to a garden hose and spray it over your lawn or dilute the Searles Lawn Grub Killer Concentrate from the chamber pack and apply ... 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 »