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Jennifer Stackhouse

Horticulturist, garden writer, blogger & editor.

  1. How To Prune Plants: 5 Best Tools For Cutting Plants

    How To Prune Plants: 5 Best Tools For Cutting Plants
    Good tools make for good work, especially when it comes to pruning or cutting plants. Having a selection of sharp tools at your disposal means you can tackle a range of branch sizes and heights, and takes a lot of the stress out of this regular and essential maintenance task. When you select cutting tools such as secateurs and pruning...
  2. The top 12 veggies to plant in autumn

    The top 12 veggies to plant in autumn
    As the days shorten and become cooler, summer plantings such as tomato, cucumber and zucchini begin to wind down. As you remove these spent plants, there is space in the vegetable garden for new plantings. There are many veggies to plant in autumn, which you can then grow and harvest through winter and even into early spring.   Autumn veggie...
  3. A guide to autumn hedge planting and maintenance for Sydney gardens

    A guide to autumn hedge planting and maintenance for Sydney gardens
    Hedges are often taken for granted  - but with a little bit of care and attention, they add a lush and lovely element to the garden. Hedges create shelter and privacy while also acting as a backdrop for other plantings - but proper hedge maintenance is essential for their ongoing survival. The best plant choices are dense, evergreen shrubs with...
  4. The complete autumn lawn care guide for Sydney gardens

    The complete autumn lawn care guide for Sydney gardens
    Autumn, while soils are still warm but conditions are becoming milder after the heat and humidity of summer, is an important time to look after the lawn. After a hot, dry summer, lawns may be brown with areas of bare soil. If the summer has been wet and humid, lawns may remain lush and green but can have problematic weed...
  5. Gardening 101: Preventing plant stress in times of change

    Gardening 101: Preventing plant stress in times of change
    Often when we buy plants, we have a specific position in mind for them within our home or garden. But what happens when that changes? Perhaps the plant would look better in a different position or room and needs to be moved. Conditions around the plant, such as temperature, light and humidity, may also alter - particularly at the start...
  6. The complete citrus care guide for Sydney gardens

    The complete citrus care guide for Sydney gardens
    Citrus trees are among the most popular of all backyard fruit trees in temperate areas such as Sydney. Citrus include lemons, oranges, mandarins, limes, cumquats and grapefruit, and all can be grown either in the garden or in large containers. To get the best crops from your trees, however, they need attention throughout the year. Follow our tips and seasonal...
  7. Indoor plant care: How to feed your indoor plants

    Indoor plant care: How to feed your indoor plants
    Achieving that much-desired look of a lush, green oasis indoors means knowing how and when to feed your indoor plants. Surprisingly, more indoor plants die from too much care than from neglect. Indoor plant care is really about learning to the right balance of plant food without supplying more than needed. Indoor plants only need fertiliser when they are actively...
  8. Crepe myrtle: the perfect summer flowering tree

    Crepe myrtle: the perfect summer flowering tree
    Crepe myrtle (Lagerstroemia indica) is a tree or a tall shrub with a lot to offer gardeners. First up are its beautiful flowers in pink, heliotrope (a bright pink), red, mauve or vibrant white to enjoy from late spring well into autumn. And there’s no need to wait years for your beautiful blossoms, as these trees flower while young. One...
  9. How to get seeds to grow faster

    How to get seeds to grow faster
    There’s so much potential inside a tiny seed. It can produce roots, leaves, flowers and fruit, and even grow into a towering tree. But seeds need time and a bit of care to get going. Most seeds germinate (start to grow) in response to soil temperature and moisture, and after a week to 14 days, you could start to see...
  10. How to create a tropical resort-style garden at home

    How to create a tropical resort-style garden at home
    For those missing the annual de-stress of a holiday at a tropical resort, there’s a simple solution... and it’s closer to home than you may think. With a few props, clever plant choices and a spade, you can give you own backyard a resort feel – all for less than the airfare. Here's how.   Our FP Collection Malawi Outdoor...

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