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Handy Hints

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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How to Grow Roses in Pots

How to Grow Roses in Pots

Many people believe that roses do not grow well in pots; however this is simply not the case with potted roses being  just as spectacular as those in the garden. Best of all they are ideal for people who do not have a large garden area or are confined to courtyard spaces (such as units, townhouses or retirement village dwellers).  For …

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How to Grow Organic Vegetables in Pots

Tips for growing australia vegetable garden in pots

Don’t let small spaces stop you from reaping the rewards of homegrown organic vegetables. With the advent of organic potting mix and fertilisers, you can now grow organic produce successfully in pots in just a few simple steps! Benefits of potted vegetables over garden beds Pots are easier to hand water than garden beds during periods of water restrictions, Easier …

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Easy As! Re-potting pot plants

step by step guide on how to re pot flowers and pot plants

Re-potting is an important part of owning healthy happy plants. As time comes by, potting mix eventually degenerates and its nutrients are used up by the plant. It is best to re-pot plants into the best quality premium mix possible every two years or so, even if the plant hasn’t outgrown its pot. Using a premium potting mix will ensure the plant gets optimum …

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Part 1: Growing Aussie Bush Tucker

Bush tucker plants are the new vogue in Australian cuisine — a 
few species have even sky rocketed 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 …

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Make It! Brush Free Painted Pots

Get a little messy and give herbs some ‘pizzaz’ , with this great little brush FREE craft activity. Everyone loves a handmade gift, especially when it’s been made by a little person. A gorgeous little handcrafted gift for Father’s Day, that will have pride of place next to Dad’s BBQ!   Supplies – 1 x plastic cover for table – 1 …

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Part 1: How to Grow Potted Lemon Trees

part one how to grow lemon trees in pots

There could be few things more convenient than a lemon tree growing right on your doorstep, producing delicious, vitamin-packed fruit every winter to stave off coughs and colds. Modern cultivars bear prolific fruit on trees small enough to spend their entire life in a pot, so even gardeners restricted to a courtyard or balcony need not be denied their own …

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Tips for Hand Weeding

Hand weeding is easy and can be a very effective option during the colder months when weeds are not growing.   STEP 1. This hand weeder is most effective on flat, star-shaped weeds like dandelion and capeweed. These weeds have a single, carrot-shaped taproot that can make them difficult to pull out by hand. STEP 2. Position the weeder at …

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Autumn Dainty Daisies

autumn dainty daisies for mothers day

Traditionally seen as a symbol of innocence, daisies offer so much in the way of variety that there’s one for everyone, whatever your style. They’re also so easy to grow and care for, it’s little wonder they’re an enduring favourite. Daisy Care: Daisies have excellent resistance to disease and usually recover quickly from extremes of weather. They are excellent for …

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Three (3) Lawn Alternatives for Garden Spaces

Forget traditional grass lawns, these three plants are the ideal lawn alternatives for garden spaces. 1. Zoysia tenuifolia (NO MOW GRASS!) This finely-textured perennial grass forms low, dense clumps and won’t grow long. Great for: Lawns, embankments, between pavers and in pots. Position: Plant in a warm position in well drained sandy soil. Plant in frost free areas. Care: Little …

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