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Four (4) Autumn Orchid Flowers

Four (4) Autumn Orchid Flowers About the Garden

Accentuate a living space or area of the garden with a display of Orchid flowers this Autumn, their bold flowers and colours also making them the perfect living gift for Mother’s Day. 1. Dendrobium Dendrobiums come from Asia and the Pacific including Australasia. They grow best throughout Qld and northern NSW and have no leaf drop, so they’re pretty easy …

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Benefits of planting seeds or seedlings

To seed or not seed, that is the question? It’s that time of year, you are getting ready to fill your garden with annual flowers or with seasonal vegetables and herbs. But what do you do, do you sow seeds or plant seedlings?  When you look at the costings, yes, seeds look the far more economical way. However, what about …

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Lemon scented herbs

The scent of lemon is refreshing, sharp and clean. When crushing a leaf from a lemon tree, oils are released which create the familiar lemon fragrance that we know so well. Check out our list of the easiest lemon-scented foliage on offer. Lemon verbena (Aloysia citriodora) A deciduous, woody shrub to 2.5m tall, flowering in spring. The leaves have an …

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Groundcover plants

  Ground cover plants are an essential accessory in the garden. Plant them in rockeries, under trees and in garden beds to cover bare patches of earth as a natural mulch alternative. Floriferous groundcovers Calibrachoas: If you want serious colour and wow factor, you can not go past the range of Calibrachoas that are readily available in stores. Flowering almost …

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Difference between water crystals and re-wetting granules

What is the difference between re-wetting granules versus water crystals? Each product serves a very different function to improve water effectiveness in soils. Put simply, re-wetting granules aid water penetrating into the soil, water crystals act like water reservoirs in the soil for when the plants need the water. What do Re-wetting granules do in soil? Re-wetting granules are ideal …

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Reuse, Reduce and Recycle Tips

What do we do with items we have finished using? Well, if you know your three ‘R’s, you can stop them ending up in landfill and bring a little personal character to your garden decor.   REUSE GARDENING TIPS Save unused items from a trip to the landfill. With an open mind, just about anything lying around the house can …

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Potted flowers for Winter colour

Article by Jillian Coomb, Horticulturist Colour your Winter space with Jill’s choice of flowering pretties. In winter, who could go past potted colour for impact in your garden, baskets, balcony or window boxes? I am a sucker for pansies, viola, marigolds, calendula and nasturtium. Beautiful flowers plus being edible, what more could you want? I remember freezing ice cubes with …

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Part 1: Growing Aussie Bush Tucker

Bush tucker plants are the new vogue in Australian cuisine, few species have even skyrocketed to worldwide fame. There are possibly thousands of edible plants in Australia and each state and climate zone has its own endemic species. Here are some of the more popular and accessible of our indigenous edibles and how to grow them in your home garden. …

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Plant watering tips for any garden

Simple watering tips to follow for garden success.    • Water when appropriate. Don’t overwater your plants, however, if unsure of whether your plant needs watering you can always stick your finger into the soil to see how moist it is. • The most effective times to water are in the mornings and the afternoons so that the heat of …

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Transplanting plant tips

So you have decided your plant needs a different home in your garden. A little bit of prep work will ensure your plant doesn’t suffer shock from the move.   What is transplant shock? Many plants suffer from transplant shock more often than you’d think. In fact, transplant shock in plants is an unknown topic for many gardeners. When uprooting …

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