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Plant Guide

Growing strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, mulberries

It is one of life’s simple pleasures to walk about in your garden in the warmer months and notice rich juicy berries ready for picking. For most, the temptation is too great and they are consumed right there and then.   Growing Strawberries There’s nothing better than the sweet flavour of home-grown strawberries! Loved by children and adults alike, it’s …

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Planting guide for Abundant Azaleas

When it comes to flowering shrubs, it’s difficult not to be stopped in your tracks by the ravaging beauty of an Azalea in full bloom. Azaleas are one of the most striking of flowering shrubs for any garden, yet have attracted a rather unfair reputation of being “fussy” or difficult to grow.  With drought conditions experienced over recent times in …

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What leafy greens to plant

There’s something refreshing about spring, isn’t there?  The cool, crisp dewy mornings, easing into warm, comfortable days and ending in mild, lengthening evenings.  It’s this type of day that’s ideal for sowing leafy greens to pick for your first young, tender and crisp salads of the season. ‘Leafy’ greens come in all shapes, colours, sizes and in particular, tastes and …

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Growing cauliflower

Watching cauliflower heads form is as entertaining as cooking with them in the kitchen. Planting Cauliflower Cauliflowers are best planted in autumn and early winter to enable the flowering heads or curds to ripen in cold weather. Plant them in a full sun position with good drainage and deep, rich soil to accommodate their extensive roots. Growing them in a …

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Healthy Lawns Lawn Grub Treatment

Garden Watch Treating Lawn Grub Infestations

Lawn grubs are easy to control. Sprinkle Searles Dead Grub Pro (Bifenthrin) granules evenly over the ground where lawn grubs are present and water it in well.   The granular shaker bottle means there are no messy concoctions or spraying. For the white curl grub, use the hessian bag test (mentioned earlier) after a week to make sure all grubs are gone. Keep …

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Winter Australian Natives

After a little digging we found so many natives putting their ‘shine on’ during winter. So rub your frosty fingers together and drool over these vibrant coloured winter bloomers. Lechenaultia formosa The red form of Aussie native Lechenaultia formosa is a prostrate growing shrub with fine, grey-green foliage and masses of red flowers in late winter and spring. An excellent …

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White flowering plants in Winter

Bring a sea of white to your winter garden.  Ozothamnus ‘Australian Rice Flower’ Ozothamnus ‘Winter White’ comes into full blush with large heads of pure white buds and flowers in winter through to spring. This compact Aussie native is easy to grow in a sheltered, sunny position in most well drained soils. For use in floral arrangements cut the stems …

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Growing Celery

How to buy celery Celery (Apium graveolens) is a versatile vegetable, because it is delicious and health-giving both raw and cooked. Its crunchy texture and nutty flavour compliment salads and dips, and it imparts a crisp freshness to casseroles and soup. Celery is an annual which can be purchased either as seed which takes between two to three weeks to …

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Red Hot Pokers (Kniphofia)

Gardens look brilliant with dazzling red and yellow flowers, but if you want a magnificent stately flower spike that stands metres high, then you can’t go past the Red Hot Poker (Kniphofia).   Red Hot Pokers are a simple looking plant with straplike leaves but their magnificent flower spikes that can stand metres tall are why gardeners choose to plant …

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How to Grow Broccoli

Broccoli is a wonderful addition to the garden, delicious steamed, grilled, in a stir-fry or added raw to a salad (wonderful with walnuts). Here is everything you need to know how to grow broccoli. Broccoli loves the cold/winter season. It needs good drainage and plenty of sunlight, although late-maturing varieties may prefer some shade to protect them from sudden heat …

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