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Handy Hints

How to grow, plant and fertilise mangoes

One of the first fruits which come to mind when we think of summer is the fleshy, juicy mango with its golden sunny flesh tempting us. If you have a little room in your back garden, you won’t be disappointed planting one of these divine trees and raiding its offerings. Planting Plant young mango trees in a sunny position in the garden, where there is …

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Best plants to bring birds to your garden

Without a doubt, the addition of animal life to the garden is a welcome sight for all age groups. One group of living creatures that are always welcomed, no matter the time of year, are birds. We are blessed to have a rich assortment of birdlife in this country that have the opportunity to visit our gardens. However with constant …

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5 ways to transform your outdoor entertaining area

With the Australian summer fast approaching, now is the perfect time to think about revamping your outdoor space and make it a haven for entertaining. Bozzy Shade Blinds have put together a few ideas of how to transform your outdoor area and make it the perfect space to host guests or simply enjoy a relaxing family meal. Invest in durable …

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Iris plants for any garden type

Iris have managed to equally capture the imaginations of artists, authors, poets and garden lovers on a global scale. The large variety available make Irises adaptable to suit different garden and pond planting situations.   Iris originate primarily from the northern hemisphere from Europe, Asia and into North America. Apart from the many hundreds of hybrid cultivars of bearded and Louisiana iris …

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9 tips to keep cut flowers flowering longer

Try these 9 ways to keep cut flowers flowering longer.  Cut off the stems an inch every two days. This will keep the end of the stem open to draw water upwards. Fill a clean vase with warm water and replace water every two days. Add a 1/2 teaspoon each of bleach, sugar and white vingear into the water to …

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Mandevilla – Large flower plant climber

Have you ever wished you could ‘splash’ colourful flowers all over your garden, as if with a magical paintbrush? Mandevillas can do just that, providing bold, tropical colour and looking fabulous for most of the year with minimal effort. Mandevilla (sometimes called Dipladenia) is a lush, tropical climber that flowers flamboyantly all year round In warmer climates. Hardy and versatile, …

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How to control common Winter weeds

Most lawn weeds begin their germination and growth in winter, especially bindii, clovers and broad leaf weeds, so this is the perfect time to commence an eradication program for a weed free lawn through the spring and summer seasons. STEP 1. Winter lawn growth is slow in Winter so you can afford to keep the lawn longer to keep out …

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Easy Bird Seed Hanging Feeder to make

Bird Seed Hanging Feeder Want to attract more birds to your garden? Here is an easy and quick recipe to whip up in the kitchen and hang in your favourite tree. Make a cup of coffee and watch your feathered friends come to visit. Ingredients 2 x 50g gelatine packets 250ml water 2 or 3 cups of bird seed Oil …

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5 Tips for gardening in a small space

Not long ago, I found myself cooped up in a modest dwelling, a studio size apartment with barely enough space to swing a cat, the type of property a real estate listing would call humble and full of character. Being a competent gardener, I craved a bit of nature, the feeling of soil through my fingers, the aromatic scents of …

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How to design the Perfect Outdoor Lighting Setting

  It was only a hundred years or so ago that electrical lighting was a luxury, not something virtually everyone in the Western world enjoyed. Today, advancements in light bulb technology mean we can illuminate our homes using a fraction of the electricity of the past. But are we really limited to just brightening our homes? Landscape lighting is an …

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