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  1. Water Wise Guidelines: how can I water my garden?

    Water Wise Guidelines: how can I water my garden?
    The NSW Government and Sydney Water have just made the exciting announcement that Level 1 Water Restrictions have been relaxed as of 1 December 2020. That doesn't mean it's open season for hoses, though - the restrictions have been replaced with some simple yet sensible Water Wise Guidelines, aimed at encouraging sustainable water use around homes and gardens to ensure...
  2. 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...
  3. 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 your own backyard a resort feel – all for less than the airfare. Here's how.   Our FP Collection Malawi Outdoor...
  4. 7 steps to veggie garden soil prep

    7 steps to veggie garden soil prep
    Any experienced gardener will tell you that it’s all about the soil. But what does that mean? Soil provides air, moisture, nutrients and anchorage for our plants, all of which are needed to make them flourish. The better the soil is adapted to plant roots, the better the growth. Not many soils are ideal for growing productive plants without a...
  5. 5 easy tips to get your summer lawn back in shape: How to bring your lawn back to life in summer

    5 easy tips to get your summer lawn back in shape: How to bring your lawn back to life in summer
    A lush green lawn is a great asset, especially in summer when we want to be outdoors sharing our garden with family and friends. Green lawns help to reduce outdoor temperatures as they don’t absorb and hold heat as do hard surfaces such as paving. A lush lawn also provides a comfortable, safe space for children and pets to play...
  6. Humidity and your indoor plants: our 6 top tricks

    Humidity and your indoor plants: our 6 top tricks
    Many indoor plants grow naturally in humid forests, such as rainforests, where they enjoy warm, even temperatures, high humidity and dappled light. The indoor environment can fluctuate and is often much drier and less humid than an indoor plant would enjoy back in its rainforest home. In particular, heaters and air-conditioners dry out the air indoors, reducing the natural humidity...
  7. How to grow sunflowers: What to avoid when planting sunflowers

    How to grow sunflowers: What to avoid when planting sunflowers
    The sunflower (Helianthus annuus), with its golden-yellow petals and large golden centre, is one of the cheeriest flowers to grow in the garden. As a plus, it’s photogenic so great for those social media posts, too. Sunflowers are entertaining for children to grow and harvest, and you can pick the flowers to enjoy indoors. The plants have a practical role...
  8. DIY backyard landscaping: five landscaping ideas to create lush outdoor spaces

    DIY backyard landscaping: five landscaping ideas to create lush outdoor spaces
    Makeover shows on television present landscaping as a huge project involving heavy equipment, a blank canvas, a team of workers and some big bucks. But it doesn't have to be like this - giving your landscape a lift can happen on a much smaller scale, if you turn your landscaping idea into a series of fun projects. Here are some...
  9. Indoor plant tips for beginners: How not to kill your indoor plants

    Indoor plant tips for beginners: How not to kill your indoor plants
    At Flower Power, we believe there's no such thing as a black thumb. At the end of the day, it's knowledge, and not some innate ability, that separates the successful plant parents from the hapless plant killers. So if you're not sure how to care for your new indoor plant baby, or you just can't seem to keep them alive...
  10. How to identify good bugs in my garden: 7 beneficial insects that help plants

    How to identify good bugs in my garden: 7 beneficial insects that help plants
    Before you squash that insect – are you sure it’s a pest? Many insects are beneficial to have in the garden and repay their accommodation by eating the real pests, or otherwise being food for birds and other animals. If you are unfamiliar with an insect, watch it for a few minutes and it may reveal whether it is a...

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