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Handy Hints

Easy as! Strawberry Planter

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 …

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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, …

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How to Grow Cooler Climate Tibouchina

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 …

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Make It! Sunflower Seed Gifts

Growing sunflowers is so much fun and what better way to share the enjoyment with friends and family than by creating your own Sunflower Seed Gifts. Great for Mother’s Day Gifts, party and wedding favours! By Renee Nugent I love growing Sunflowers in the garden, but have always wondered what I can do with the seeds once the flowers are …

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7 Things to Consider Before Planting a Shade Tree

A well positioned, healthy tree can bring a lush, leafy ambience to your home or work environment as well as protection from the elements. The following check list will ensure you choose the best tree for your situation. 1. Take a hike Look at trees growing in your own neighbourhood. This will give you an idea of how trees will …

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3 Festive Ways to Use Sage

Sage is a beautiful herb to add to culinary dishes, however due to its strong flavour only a little is usually required for cooking, leaving you to ponder….. what to do with the abundance of lush green aromatic foliage in the garden?! Here’s three (3) festive ways to use sage this holiday season, to fragrance and add living colour to …

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Poolside Gardens for Small Spaces

Vertical and potted poolside gardens for small spaces

Swimming pools require a significant portion of our increasingly space-limited backyards, however this does not mean the pool area has to be void of plant life, you can still have a splash and enjoy the colour too!  Climbers. Consider making the most of vertical walls and fence lines with densely foliaged, evergreen climbing plants such as Chinese star jasmine (Trachelospurmum jasminoides) or …

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Planting a Poolside Garden 6 Things to Consider

Building a garden poolside 6 things to consider

For many of us, a swimming pool in the backyard is synonymous with the great Australian lifestyle and complementing your pool with stylish gardens will enhance your enjoyment of it, year after year. For the most successful result it’s as important to make sure your pool blends with surrounding landscaping and to use poolside plants that grow happily beside the water’s edge …

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Easy as! Grow herbs in a space saving planter

Grow herbs in a space saving planter great for small spaces

Don’t let space hold you back from having the fresh herb garden you’ve always dreamed of. This nifty strawberry planter can easily be transformed into a beautiful space saving herb garden, ideal for courtyards and patios. Fresh from your garden to the kitchen! Supplies: – Searles Strawberry Planter Bags (2 bags per kit) – 10 or 11 x Herb seedlings …

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Natural Rose Care Treatments for Powdery Mildew & Black Spot

Sub-tropical and tropical climates provide the perfect humid conditions for fungal diseases such as powdery mildew and black spot to thrive. These fungal diseases can severely stress the plant and diminish its performance, resulting in fewer blooms and a sickly looking plant. However, there are natural treatments available to assist gardeners in fending off these fungal infestations.   What is powdery …

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