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Plant Guide

Indoor plants for summertime

Summertime can see us either embracing the summer heat at the beach or enjoying more time indoors alongside our indoor jungle friends.  Keep your leafy jungle companions happy with these easy tasks.   A breath of fresh air Indoor plants don’t enjoy extremes of temperature. The living areas in your home suit them best as these rooms tend to be …

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Growing cacti & succulent plants

Cacti & succulents are known for their hardiness and water-wise habits, but they still need a little love and attention. Here are the simple rules to keep them looking their best. Planting cacti & succulents Both cacti and succulents like embedding their roots in an open texture, free-draining mix allowing optimal aeration. Most varieties are not fertiliser hungry, although they …

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Spring lawn care and top dressing lawns

Spring is the perfect time for top dressing and fertilising lawns to take advantage of the warm weather growth ahead. For a wonderful green lawn right through to next year, start fertilising in early spring with Searles Robust Lawn Booster. Searles Robust is a slow release fertiliser which will slowly feed lawn roots and leaves for up to 4 months …

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Chicken & Vegetable Soup recipe

Warm the cockles of your soul with this tasty and wholesome chicken and vegetable soup.   Ingredients 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 leek, halved, washed, thinly sliced 2 garlic cloves, crushed 1 large carrot, peeled, diced 2 sticks celery, diced 2 small zucchini, diced 1 1/4 cups dry soup mix, rinsed 8 cups chicken stock 1kg skinless chicken thigh Dill …

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Quick growing vegetables to grow in Winter

Have fast growing veggies for harvesting within several weeks. Here is a list of veggies to start your productive crop.    Herbs – most herbs can be picked straight away after planting seedlings. For Winter growing herbs, plant chives, dill, parsley and chervil in all climatic zones. Rosemary, thyme and mint will also survive the Winter.   Lettuce – harvest within …

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Four (4) Autumn Orchid Flowers

Four (4) Autumn Orchid Flowers About the Garden

Accentuate a living space or area of the garden with a display of Orchid flowers this Autumn, their bold flowers and colours also making them the perfect living gift for Mother’s Day. 1. Dendrobium Dendrobiums come from Asia and the Pacific including Australasia. They grow best throughout Qld and northern NSW and have no leaf drop, so they’re pretty easy-care. Water generously …

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Olive tapenade recipe

Try this healthy olive tapenade recipe for your next indulgent moment with friends or just for you.    Ingredients 2 cups brine cured olives, pitted 4 anchovies, drained 1 small garlic clove, chopped 2 tablespoons capers, drained 2 1/2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 1/2 lemon, juiced Place olives, anchovies, garlic and capers in a small food processor. Process until mixture …

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Growing Coleus

With colour, vigour, and charm, what more could coloured foliage coleus ask for? Plectranthus scutellarioides (formally known as Solenostemon scutellarioides) Coleus create a riot of foliage flair in dull shade-loving areas. This colourful annual and in most parts of Australia perennial, will brighten any lush landscape with their variety of varied foliage patterns and colours throughout the whole year. When growing coleus, keep in mind …

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How to make a native bee hotel

Top left clockwise: Megachile erythropyga, Megachile aurifrons, Megachile erythropyga   Words and images by Kit Prendergast (BSc, PhD researcher at Curtin University)   Introduction It is no secret that bees are under threat. Across the globe, there have been signs of bee declines, with flow-on effects for pollination services, including for fruit and vegetables that we rely on. How can …

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Bring in the bees to your garden – Native plants for native bees

Story by Kit Prendergast Bees are the most important of pollinating insects – without them, fruit and vegetable production would be severely compromised, many beautiful flowering plants would go extinct, and overall the world would be worse off for all creatures, including humans. There is nothing more delightful than having bees in your garden, in particular, native bees. In the …

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