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Plant Guide

Autumn beet salad

  Try this decadent salad at your next lazy lunch with friends. It celebrates all the fruits of an autumn harvest.   Ingredients           2 apples, quartered then sliced 1 beetroot, sliced Blue cheese (or your favourite creamy feta) 1 cup baby spinach walnuts, chopped roughly parsley, finely chopped olive oil   Prepare       …

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Beet dip

Tuck into this filling ruby red dip.   Ingredients           70g raw cashews, soaked and drained 200g cooked beetroot in pieces, (about 1-2 beets) 3 tbsp tahini 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil 1/3 cup lemon juice 1 tsp salt 1 clove of garlic crushed black pepper   Prepare           Combine all …

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Lemon scented herbs

The scent of lemon is refreshing, sharp and clean. When crushing a leaf from a lemon tree, oils are released which create the familiar lemon fragrance that we know so well. Check out our list of the easiest lemon-scented foliage on offer. Lemon verbena (Aloysia citriodora) A deciduous, woody shrub to 2.5m tall, flowering in spring. The leaves have an …

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Growing Rhubarb

  Rhubarb is a perennial vegetable so once you plant it correctly in your garden you will be able to harvest its stems year after year. Rhubarb may take up to three years to reach maturity if grown from seed, so it is best grown from young fleshly crowns available from garden centres. Plant rhubarb crowns into well-drained soil, late …

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Goat cheese stuffed figs

  A quick to assemble velvety dessert or a sweet starter.   Ingredients           Ripe figs Goat cheese Walnuts Honey Pepper   Prepare           Cut ripe figs three quarters the way down the fruit. Gently fill with goat cheese and walnuts. Drizzle with honey. Season with pepper. Serve chilled.

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Growing Lilly Pilly

The lilly pilly is an evergreen rainforest plant that has it all: beautiful flowers, attractive, edible fruit, glossy leaves with colourful new growth and the ability to attract native fauna. They’re also easy to grow and are suited to most Australian soils, so why not plant one this summer? Lilly pilly are easy to establish, will grow in sun or …

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Bulbs to plant in spring

When it comes to bulbs many think of daffodils, freesia, and ranunculus but there is so much more to bulbs than the winter flowering varieties. To get reoccurring colour in your garden, bulbs are a very underrated plant.  They are easy to plant, require little fuss, and will return each year with brilliant colours. There are many types of bulbs, …

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Vegetables for small spaces

  Tomatoes in hanging baskets For a great space-saving and novel idea, try growing a smaller variety of tomatoes in hanging baskets. Growing tomatoes in pots and even hanging baskets is a great way to control their sunlight and position requirements while adding a degree of functionality to gardens and outdoor spaces restricted in size.  Tomatoes need a sunny site …

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Passionate for passionfruit – Growing Passion fruit vines

A favourite in warm temperate to tropical Australian gardens where they can grow year round, the passionfruit originates from South America. This lovely climber has it all; lush foliage, beautiful flowers and of course, delicious fruit! Planting Passionfruit In warmer zones with mild winters, passionfruit can be planted throughout the year. In cool or cold zones, plant only during the …

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How to Grow Pawpaw

Pawpaws are like a gift from the gods! Easily grown in home gardens, their delicious, sweet flesh can be enjoyed at the breakfast table for most of the year. Native to southern Mexico and central America, pawpaw flourishes in the tropics and subtropics where individual trees can be productive for up to 6 years. Which sex to buy? Pawpaw trees …

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