Gardening

  1. 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...
  2. 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...
  3. Choose your own gardening adventure this long weekend!

    Choose your own gardening adventure this long weekend!
    The long weekend is ideal for getting things done around the house and garden - that extra day seems to do us a world of good. But when you've got a lot to do, where do you start? We've broken it down into easy chunks - so whether you have five minutes or a whole three-day weekend to spare, you...
  4. 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...
  5. Getting kids excited about eating veggies

    Getting kids excited about eating veggies
    It's a well-known fact that kids can be fussy eaters, especially when it comes to vegies. In fact, according to Healthy Kids NSW website - an initiative of the NSW Ministry of Health, NSW Department of Education, Office of Sport and the Heart Foundation - a whopping 56% of primary school students and 80% of secondary school students are not consuming...
  6. Maintaining a green lawn during Level 1 Sydney water restrictions

    Maintaining a green lawn during Level 1 Sydney water restrictions
    Update February 18 2020: Following recent downpours, the NSW Government and Sydney Water have today announced that Sydney's water restrictions will be wound back to Level 1 on Sunday, March 1. Click here for Level 2 water restriction information that is valid until February 29 2020. The below advice applies from March 1 2020 onward. If there's one thing everyone...
  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. A guide to selecting your perfect rose

    A guide to selecting your perfect rose
    Roses are some of the most romantic and classically beautiful flowers we grow in the garden, but the number of choices can be mind boggling. Choosing a colour is a great place to start, but it's important to select a rose with a habit that suits your situation too. Use the following as a guide when choosing your perfect rose...
  10. The best potted outdoor plants for your coastal garden

    The best potted outdoor 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 outdoor 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...

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