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Seven (7) Autumn Herb Planting Tips

Tips for growing Autumn Herbs

Autumn is a great time to plant herbs in most parts of Australia and a great addition to any home garden, being not only decorative but delicious in hearty stews and sumptuous Asian dishes. Below is our ‘Seven (7) Autumn Herb Planting Tips’ that will have your herb flourishing! Herbs love well drained soil: – if planting in a garden …

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How to Grow African Violets (Saintpaulias)

They may have a touch of ‘granny’, but African Violets make for marvellous flowering indoor plants and are the ideal choice for terrarium displays.  Location African Violets require moderate to bright indirect light all year round to encourage flowering. A well lit kitchen bench or coffee table is perfect. They also prefer humidity in the atmosphere (thus why they are …

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Succulent plant care – how to grow and plant succulents

Succulents are known for their hardiness and water wise habits, but succulents still need a little love and attention. Here are the simple rules to keep succulents looking their best. Planting succulents For ideal soil conditions use the planting mix specially designed for their nutrient requirements. Searles Cacti & Succulent Mix feeds succulents and cacti for 9 months and has …

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Table and home decor greenery plants

A decorative centrepiece for any coffee table or special entertaining table is essential. Creative inspiration can be found from items in your garden – branches, unusual foliage, rocks, cut timber…      

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Prepare home and garden for summer home parties

Summer is a time when many of us take advantage of the longer day light hours, summer holiday season, sunny days and overdue catch ups with friends and family who you have promised to see all year. Check out these great tips to get your outdoor entertaining area looking its best. Many of these tips can be completed with a …

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Raised garden bed benefits

Unused sloping backyards, reduced mobility and better control over soil structure are some of the many benefits to installing raised garden beds. The answers to the following questions exemplify why raised beds can be a really good idea. Why can’t I grow anything in my soil? Unless you are blessed with an abundance of deep, rich, volcanic soil in your …

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Deter possums from around the home and backyard

Year after year many gardeners are devastated by the damage Possums do to buds, flowers and new growth on their roses, shrubs, trees and herbs. However for over 30 years many rose growers, both amateurs and commercial and others ‘in the know’, have used and confirmed D-TER Animal & Bird Repellent’s real success. “I have used your D-TER for 6 …

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Epiphytic plants – Air plants – no soil plants

As gardeners, most of us are fully accustomed to growing plants in containers or directly in the ground, but for some who lack the generosity of garden space, growing plants can often be a struggle with space restrictions, difficult corners to tackle or an overabundance of tree cover to block out sunlight. Well what may seem like obstacles should possibly …

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How to create the perfect garden wedding

  A garden wedding at your house or family home is becoming a very popular option for couples who want to create a special and intimate day. For many this is a way of cutting down on high costs such as venue hire, but backyard weddings are also perfect for couples who want to create a truly unique and memorable …

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How to grow a pineapple

This summer try growing a pineapple. Pineapples are part of the bromeliad family so naturally they will grow well in warmer weather. They grow extremely well in sub-tropical and tropical climates and look striking potted up in large pots. A real statement for patios and a talking piece when the pineapples start to appear.  To start the process, buy a …

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