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Flower pot Christmas cake recipe

Next time you bake a Christmas cake for a friend, try baking one in a terracotta flower pot. Once the cake is devoured, they can reuse the pot to plant up their favourite plant.   Ingredients 1.5kg mixed fruit 1/2 cup of your favourite sherry/brandy/rum 2 tbsp apricot jam 1 cup brown sugar, firmly packed 5 eggs 250g butter, melted …

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Reuse, Reduce and Recycle Tips

What do we do with items we have finished using? Well, if you know your three ‘R’s, you can stop them ending up in landfill and bring a little personal character to your garden decor.   REUSE GARDENING TIPS Save unused items from a trip to the landfill. With an open mind, just about anything lying around the house can …

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Canadian Blueberry Cake

  INGREDIENTS 1 3/4 cup plain flour 2 teaspoons baking powder 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 cup castor sugar 1 tablespoon lemon zest 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened 4 eggs 3 tablespoons lemon juice 1/2 cup buttermilk 3/4 cup blueberries ICING 1/2 cup icing sugar, sifted 1 tablespoon lemon juice   Method Preheat oven to 180°C. Line loaf tin. Combine flour, …

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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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Protecting gardens from drought or flooding in Australia

But as many Australians know, we prepare for all varying weather events which may eventuate during out four seasons. Here are some tips to flood or drought proof your garden.   Start with improving the soil Garden plants will tolerate extreme fluctuations in weather better if the soil is healthy and full of rich composted nutrients with a free draining, …

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2020 About the Garden Magazines Archive

About the Garden | Summer 2020/2021 Edition | Issue 95   Issue 95 features; Packed with information on new release plants, easy-care plants, foliage plants, Summer flowers for gardens and pot plants, growing cacti & succulents, Summer indoor plants, Summer veggie growing, protect the garden from flood and drought, easy recipes to make and the best Summer season bloomers to …

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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. …

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Create the best potted plant combinations

For many of us the idea of having a large garden seems a distant dream. Many of us live in a house or unit with limited outdoor room, we rent or we just don’t have the time to garden on a large scale.  Potted Gardens are our reality.   I love the look of aged terracotta pots in the garden …

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Growing marginal aquatic plants

Marginal plants are simply the aquatic plants found growing around the edges, or margins, of your water garden. These plants are just as important as oxygenating plants for healthy pond life. Native flowering marginals are good for attracting flying insects, while their foliage will give aquatic wildlife shelter and good hiding places for laying eggs. Marginal plants usually have their …

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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 …

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