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Plant Guide

How to grow Bottlebrush – Callistemon sp.

Callistemons (or bottlebrush) are some of the most beautiful and versatile native plants in Australian home gardens. This group of floriferous trees and shrubs are unrivalled in their ability to bring colour and attract native birds to the garden. An icon of the Australian garden, all species of Callistemons are true show-stoppers when in bloom and if you happen to …

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Potted flowers for Winter colour

Article by Jillian Coomb, Horticulturist Colour your Winter space with Jill’s choice of flowering pretties. In winter, who could go past potted colour for impact in your garden, baskets, balcony or window boxes? I am a sucker for pansies, viola, marigolds, calendula and nasturtium. Beautiful flowers plus being edible, what more could you want? I remember freezing ice cubes with …

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Eight Tips for planting bare rooted deciduous trees

During Winter, gardening outlets are breaming with new season bare-rooted roses, deciduous ornamentals and fruit trees for Winter planting. Bare-rooted plants are mostly sold in Winter when they are dormant and this gives them the best chance of being replanted successfully. They are also easier to transport and transplant into their final position in the garden.  The rows of bare-rooted …

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Part 2: Growing Aussie Bush Tucker

Part 2 of Bush tucker plants and how to grow these Australian indigenous plants in your home garden. Finger Lime (Citrus australasica )
  The finger lime is one of many limes native to Australia. It is found naturally on rainforest edges and grows to around 4-6m in height. The bush is extremely prickly, so it’s a good intruder deterrent when planted …

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Part 1: Growing Aussie Bush Tucker

Bush tucker plants are the new vogue in Australian cuisine — a 
few species have even skyrocketed to worldwide fame. There are possibly thousands of edible plants in Australia and each state and climate zone has its own endemic species. Here are some of the more popular and accessible of our indigenous edibles and how to grow them in your …

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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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