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Herbs for healthy lifestyle – Natural Medicine

Herbs provide more than just flavour enhancers to our culinary dishes, they enrich our overall well-being.   Today we think of herbs as culinary flavouring agents and they are essential to any good cook. They are almost as essential to any gardener, being amongst the easiest food plants to grow. Many herbs are perennial and are fairly easy to grow, ... Read More »

Growing lettuce – easy leafy greens to grow

How to buy lettuce seedlings or seeds Lettuce is one of the world’s favourite salad crops, and something that can be easily grown either from seed or seedlings. There is an amazing range of lettuce, from one-serve meal types such as the butter and mignonette varieties, to ones with ornate and decorative leaves like radicchio, ‘Red Coral’ and oak leaf ... Read More »

How to Grow Beetroot

Growing beetroot in Australia vegetable garden #aboutthegarden

  Beetroot is great to have on hand and is so easy to grow, you’ll only wish you’d planted some sooner…  How to plant Beetroot is best sown as seed, although if transplanted carefully, seedlings will also develop well. Where to plant Beetroot will grow best in a loose, fairly sandy soil. They are not fussy however, and will also grow well in ... Read More »

Autumn herb, fruit & vegies planting guide by temperate zones

What will grow in your garden this Autumn? Have no idea? Then refer to our temperate zone planting guide! It’s so easy,  just locate your  zone on the map and discover all the delicious produce you can be enjoying.  Happy Gardening! Subtropical (includes: South-east Qld & Northern NSW) HERBS – plant chervil, chicory, coriander, fennel, garlic bulbs, lavender, marjoram, oregano, parsley, ... Read More »

Autumn flowers planting guide by regional zones

What colour will grow in your garden this Autumn Have no idea? Then refer to our regional zone planting guide! It’s so easy, just locate your  zone on the map and discover all the colour you can be enjoying. If you are having difficulty reading the planting guide or wish to print off a PDF copy refer below. Happy Autumn Gardening! Subtropical ... Read More »

How to Grow African Violets (Saintpaulias)

They may have a touch of ‘granny’, but African Violets make for marvellous flowering indoor plants and are the ideal choice for terrarium displays.  Location African Violets require moderate to bright indirect light all year round to encourage flowering. A well lit kitchen bench or coffee table is perfect. They also prefer humidity in the atmosphere (thus why they are ... Read More »

Lovely Lavender – Planting and growing lavender

Lavender has enjoyed universal and enduring popularity in Australian home gardens and the reasons are quite clear. They are hardy and resistant to disease as well as being stylish — suiting most garden or landscape styles, regardless of fashions or trends. Basic requirements Lavender needs full sun to grow and flower well. Without at least 6 hours of direct sun ... Read More »

Basil varieties to grow

pictured above: sweet basil & purple basil We have all used the common sweet basil. Now its time to grow the other basil varieties. Lemon (Ocimum citriodorum) or Lime basil Lemon basil gives a great citrus zing to salads and stir fries. (annual) Thai basil (Ocimum basilicum ssp.) Plant the beautiful and delicious Thai basil year-round in frost-free zones. Its distinct ‘licorice’ flavour ... Read More »

How to grow Pumpkin Power

How to Grow Pumpkin Power #australia #gardening #garden #vegetable #aboutthegarden

Delicious in scones, soup and puddings, the sweet, creamy texture of pumpkin also makes it a favourite in vegetarian curries and other dishes. What’s more, pumpkin is so easy to grow it is a favourite in the children’s garden. Here’s how to get the most from your pumpkin patch! Pumpkins are so easy to grow that they have been known ... Read More »

Roasted pumpkin & feta salad recipe

Try this hearty summer salad when guests next pop around for a BBQ. It ticks all the boxes on health, taste & quick prep. Ingredients 400g cubed pumpkin Red onion Packet of baby spinach 1/2 cup walnuts Persian feta 200g baby beets, quartered Dressing 2 tbsp Balsamic vinegar 1 tsp honey 1 tbsp olive oil Method Place pumpkin cubes and ... Read More »