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Combination pot plantings

  Before you select your plants, establish your planting style. Do you want the pot or basket to focus on one plant or a mass of eye-catching colours? Do you want one colour or two or a multitude of colours? Many questions, and when you consider these, it will make your combination planting far more successful. Establish where you will …

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Best plants for gift giving

Living Gifts…gifts that keep on giving Stuck for a long lasting gift for that special friend or loved one? A fresh, prettily presented new plant is a wonderful option. Whether your friend is an inexperienced gardener or a seasoned green thumb, a plant can literally breathe new life into their living environment. Quick tip: When picking flowering plants for a …

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Keep living Christmas trees looking healthy beyond Christmas

When you buy a living Christmas tree, the longest you should keep it inside is about ten days or less. If you want to get one earlier, keep it outside near the front door for a few days to be festive, this will help raise its survival rate for later. After Christmas, place it outside in a shady position for …

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Spring Harvest Omelette

Ingredients 2 small tomatoes, diced Spring onions Beans Spinach, handful, finely chopped 1/2 teaspoon curry powder 1/2 cumin powder 7-8 eggs, whisked 100g sour cream Fresh Italian parsley leaves, to serve Salt & pepper to taste   Prepare           Heat oil in a large, oven-proof frying pan over high heat. Cook spring onions, beans and tomatoes …

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Mandevilla – Large flower plant climber

Have you ever wished you could ‘splash’ colourful flowers all over your garden, as if with a magical paintbrush? Mandevillas can do just that, providing bold, tropical colour and looking fabulous for most of the year with minimal effort. Mandevilla (sometimes called Dipladenia) is a lush, tropical climber that flowers flamboyantly all year round In warmer climates. Hardy and versatile, …

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Vegetable growing for one or small spaces

Whether you cook for one or two or have little room for a big veggie patch, here are some ideal winter mini or dwarf vegetable varieties to grow happily in small spaces with minimal waste.    The new Pohlmans ‘Patio & Pots Range’ is a collection of exciting new compact plants bred for pots on your patio or small garden …

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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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Floral emblems of Australia

Floral emblems are a term used to describe a specific flower that is associated with a region.    It is a term that is used mainly in Australia and Canada, whereas in America they use the term of “state flower”. The floral emblem for the nation of Australia is the golden wattle, specifically Acacia pycnantha. Each state or territory then …

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Fast growing vegetables for home gardens

  Have fast-growing veggies for harvesting within several weeks. Here is a list of veggies to start your productive crop this spring and into early summer.   PLANTING VEGETABLES Most vegetables and herbs require a full sun position for a lengthy part of the day to grow healthy stems and produce flowers and vegetables. Enrich your soil with 5 IN …

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Blueberry pancakes recipe

  We think the picture says it all. Let yourself enjoy the fruits of your labour.   Ingredients  3/4 cup milk 2 tablespoons white vinegar 1 cup flour 2 tablespoons sugar 1 teaspoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 egg, whisked 2 tablespoons melted butter 1 1/2 cup fresh blueberries more butter for the pan    …

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