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Tackling Mosquitoes in the Garden

Mosquitoes turn time outside into an ordeal. Late afternoon and early evening are peak time for mosquito activity in summer gardens. As many mosquito repellents include plant extracts (for example pyrethrum or citronella) one of the dreams held by many gardeners is to find a plant that will repel mosquitoes naturally. Unfortunately there isn’t one, […]

Choosing Plants for Pots

Growing plants in pots not only creates growing space when there’s no soil available, it also means your plants are portable. You can take them with you when you move home or move them from one part of the garden to another. Restricting plants to a life in a container can also keep them garden […]


The hazy purple blue, flower-laden branches of jacarandas are so much part of November that many people think the trees must be native. They’re not, but they have been growing in Australia for more than 150 years. Jacarandas (Jacaranda mimosifolia) are native to parts of Central and South America including Brazil and thrive across southern […]