Jennifer Stackhouse

Horticulturist, garden writer, blogger & editor.

  1. How to plant tomatoes: 7 common mistakes when growing tomatoes in pots

    How to plant tomatoes: 7 common mistakes when growing tomatoes in pots
    The lure of growing your own organic, sun-ripened tomatoes is what gets many of us into veggie gardening - even when our only growing space is a pot. Here are some simple tips to ensure that you avoid the common mistakes and enjoy a good crop of tasty tomatoes, even if you are restricted to growing a plant in a...
  2. Top 10 hanging and trailing indoor plants

    Top 10 hanging and trailing indoor plants
    There’s always more space for beautiful indoor plants in your home when you select trailing plants that can be suspended from the ceiling in baskets, or allowed to spill from pots placed on shelves. Here are 10 favourite trailing plants for a brightly-lit indoor space, balcony or porch.   Boston fern. Boston fern (Nephrolepis exaltata) Boston ferns form large and...
  3. How to treat citrus bugs and nutrient deficiencies

    How to treat citrus bugs and nutrient deficiencies
    There are lots of pests that are after your citrus trees, especially in the warmer months of the year. Here’s what to look for and what to do if you find one or more of these common pests. In addition to pest problems, citrus can also suffer from nutrient deficiencies that appear as yellowing leaves, so there are some tips...
  4. Top drought-resistant plants

    Top drought-resistant plants
    Long dry conditions, water restrictions and the high cost of water are all here to stay. It's not all bad news, though. Low-level water restrictions shouldn’t restrict gardening, as they actually reflect best practice when it comes to watering. The cool of the early morning, or overnight when evaporation is low as mandated by water restrictions, are the best times...
  5. Our top 10 vegetables to plant in spring!

    Our top 10 vegetables to plant in spring!
    If you’ve found yourself standing in front of your veggie garden in the warm spring sunlight desperate to plant something edible, but not sure what, this post is for you. Here are my favourite vegetables to plant in spring – these are the ones I grow every year and enjoy eating. If you start with seedlings, you could be harvesting...
  6. Gardening 101: Top indoor plants for the new #plantparent

    Gardening 101: Top indoor plants for the new #plantparent
    Indoor plants are trendy. They are the must-have house ornament of 2019, with hashtags, groups and communities around plant parenthood setting social media ablaze. But, unlike industrial lights, leaf-motif wallpaper and anything copper, plants are a decorative item that you can’t buy, set and forget. They are living organisms that demand your care and attention – much like a pet...
  7. 10 reasons to love tomatoes!

    10 reasons to love tomatoes!
    Tomatoes are often the first vegetable a new vegie grower plants in their garden. Here are 10 reasons why! The lure of the flavour of a home-grown, sun-ripened tomato. The tomatoes we buy in the shops are often picked partially ripe and then ripened while going through the supply chain. As a result, they lack that wonderful, fresh taste of...
  8. Gardening 101: Winter Indoor Plant Care

    Gardening 101: Winter Indoor Plant Care
    Even though indoor plants are inside and protected from the worst of the winter weather, they still need winter care. How you minister to your indoor plants in winter is different from the care they need during spring and summer. If your plants are dying, losing leaves or suffering from pest problems such as scale, it may be because you...
  9. The best potted plants for your coastal garden

    The best potted plants for your coastal garden
    Coastal gardens in picturesque places such as around the Mediterranean are frequently bold and flamboyant as they are filled with colourful plants that flower almost year round. Think bougainvillea, geranium and hibiscus. Luckily, all these plants grow as happily in containers as they do in the ground, and still manage to provide that dazzling display - even in your coastal...
  10. Small space gardening: transforming your side garden

    Small space gardening: transforming your side garden
    As our population grows and house blocks shrink in size, gardens are getting smaller and smaller. If we want greenery, we need to make the most of every outdoor space, even those that seem garden unfriendly. One forlorn space that many of us have is the narrow side space between the house and the neighbour’s fence. It's often completely paved...

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