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Plant Guide

Growing Asparagus

  Asparagus is an easy crop that can last for decades. Often considered an old-world crop, it is a winner for the veggie gardener. The only setback is it can take up to four years to become a productive crop. There are a few ways to start your asparagus crop, which depends on your patience. You can grow asparagus by …

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Australian natives for indoors and shady spots

Most gardeners think of Australian natives as plants for outdoors, but here is a list of shade loving beauties for your indoor and shady area. Think of native plants; many go straight to grevilleas, banksia, kangaroo paw and many other sun-loving natives. Australian native plants are not just sun lovers; the list of shade lovers will amaze you with their …

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How to press flowers for display

  We reflect on pressed flowers in our grandmother’s collection, preserved perfectly after many decades. Some flowers, but not all, can retain their colour and perfume. Pressed flowers are ideal for artwork displays, decorating cards, or making a personalised gift, but are not limited to just these.   Back in the day, if we didn’t have a flower press (that …

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Vegetable growing in summer

Growing vegetables in the heat of summer can be a challenge but following a few simple steps simplifies the process.  First step is to know your region, is it Mediterranean, tropical, wet or dry tropical, dry inland, temperate, or cool and southern tablelands. Once you know your region then select plants that are suitable for your region at that time …

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How to Care for Bromeliads

How to care for bromeliads the tropical wonder

Bromeliads can bring an instant touch of the tropics to the coldest and driest climate gardens. Their lush, tropical foliage brings year-round colour and the colourful bracts they bear periodically can make them show-stoppers. This, combined with their easy-care nature, makes them quite irresistible! A little history Bromeliads come from the tropical Americas, growing as forest under storey plants and …

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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 exceptionally 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 appear.  To start the process, buy a pineapple from …

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Best plants for gift giving

Living Gifts…gifts that keep on giving Stuck for a long lasting gift for that special friend or loved one? A fresh, prettily presented new plant is a wonderful option. Whether your friend is an inexperienced gardener or a seasoned green thumb, a plant can literally breathe new life into their living environment. Quick tip: When picking flowering plants for a …

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Microgreens growing

Microgreens are a fast and easy way to add more to garnish your favourite dishes. Plus, they don’t take up much room, and within a few weeks of sowing seeds, microgreens will be ready to harvest and enjoy. Mizuna, rocket, cress, pea, bean, cabbage rubies, and commonly seed packets labelled microgreens are perfect for growing. Ensure seeds are not treated …

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Growing Bangkok Rose – Mussaenda

Mussaenda, more commonly known as the Bangkok Rose, creates an explosion of colour when in flower marking spring has arrived. Mussaendas explosive colour comes from the bracts or inflorescences rather than the minute flower itself. Mussaendas are a member of the Rubiaceae family and are related to Pentas and Ixoras. They range in colour from white to salmon pink to …

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Growing Dwarf Beans

Guide to planting and fertilising care for growing dwarf beans   How to plant dwarf beans Beans are an easy-to-grow, productive and nutritious warm-season crop. Beans prefer a slightly acidic soil between pH 6.5–5.5. They need full sun and a well-drained, friable soil. At least two weeks before planting, loosen the soil to 15–20cm deep, breaking up any large clods. …

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