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Bring in the bees to your garden – Native plants for native bees

Story by Kit Prendergast Bees are the most important of pollinating insects – without them, fruit and vegetable production would be severely compromised, many beautiful flowering plants would go extinct, and overall the world would be worse off for all creatures, including humans. There is nothing more delightful than having bees in your garden, in particular, native bees. In the ... Read More »

Spring Garden Pests in Australia

The increasing daytime temperatures that spring delivers heralds an increase in a few of the usual suspects our gardens experience at this time of year.  The following photos may help to identify and control some of these garden invaders. Grasshoppers Grasshoppers are out and about and love dining on just about any leafy part of a plant. Like most chewing ... Read More »

Small plants for small ponds

Plants in a water garden not only provide beauty and naturalisation, but they also help balance the pond ecosystem. Even a small pond will benefit from the beauty of aquatic plants. We’ve selected our top favourites that do well in smaller aquatic foot prints.   Variegated Sweet Flag Also known as golden Japanese sweet flag, the beautiful foliage is light ... Read More »

Citrus tree pests and diseases

Citrus trees are one of the most productive and easy to grow trees in the home garden but just us we love to reap its awards so do pests and diseases. Here is a list of the most common aliments of the citrus tree. Citrus leafminer (Phyllocnistis citrella) tunnels through the young leaves of citrus trees which creates silvery lines. ... Read More »

Simple Strawberry Jam Recipe

A simple strawberry jam recipe for a sweet breakfast spread or to add to your favourite scone.   Ingredients 450g juicy strawberries (mashed loosely) 1 cup castor sugar Juice of half lemon   Prepare In a medium-sized pot, add mashed strawberries, sugar and lemon juice, stir constantly while bringing to the boil. Continue boiling until the mixture reaches 100°C on the ... Read More »

Autumn bulb planting for spring colour

It’s always exciting when bulb time comes round again and shops and nurseries around the country display a wonderful array of colourful varieties to add special magic to your spring and summer gardens. Autumn bulb planting for the stunning spring display is very popular in Victoria, NSW and cooler areas of Queensland. Most bulbs are suitable to be planted in ... Read More »

Low-carb strawberry and chocolate muffin recipe

Low-carb strawberry and chocolate muffins, packed with flavour, filling, gluten free and easy to make.    Ingredients 25g (1/4 cup) of coconut flour 3 teaspoons of baking powder 200g (2 cups) almond meal 50g (1/4 cup) of castor sugar 250g strawberries, diced,  50g of dark chocolate, chopped 3 eggs 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract 60ml (1/4 cup) of almond milk 125g, ... Read More »

Tropical plants for any climate

These tropical-like plants are not limited to just the warmer parts of Australian gardens, their hardiness makes them a viable option for cooler zone gardens to obtain a tropical paradise. For many people, the allure of a tropical garden bursting at the seams with lush foliage plants is something that easily captures the imagination from the avid long-term gardeners to ... Read More »

The types of daisies

The simple daisy has managed to capture the hearts of all who venture into gardening. They are a member of an immense group of plants botanically referred to as the asteracea, (formerly the compositae) and can be found on all continents except for Antarctica. Although seemingly simple in appearance, daisies are actually more like two flowers in one. The main ... Read More »

Spring flowering plants

There are so many wonderful flowering shrubs in the spring garden that it’s difficult to narrow down a selection to a handful. Choosing on just floral display alone would be impossible, so the rationale for this feature is based on not just their flowering ability, but other attributes that make these shrubs ‘must have’ plants. Azaleas  There are many types ... Read More »