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Jennifer Stackhouse

  1. Pesticides 101

    Pesticides 101
    When it looks like there’s something amiss with a garden or indoor plant, most gardeners reach for a cure in the form of a plant spray. But there are lots organisms that affect plant health so there is no one solution fits all. To be able to select the right type chemical to apply to cure a plant’s ailments, it...
  2. NPK Explained

    NPK Explained
    Pick up almost any bag of fertiliser and the three letters ‘NPK’ will be listed as major ingredients. You may have to think back to high school chemistry to recall that these letters stand for the elements called nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium. These are the three major elements needed to fuel basic plant growth. While most fertilisers contain these three...
  3. Easy Ways to Avoid 5 Common Gardening Mistakes

    Easy Ways to Avoid 5 Common Gardening Mistakes
      Kind people tell you it’s only a mistake if you make it twice. Others say we learn from our mistakes. But even with these words of comfort, it’s better to avoid making mistakes in the first place. 1. Hold the secateurs Pruning at the wrong time of the year, or at the wrong point in a plant’s growth cycle...
  4. How to store your harvest

    How to store your harvest
    Autumn is harvest time in the garden. Crops from orchards and kitchen gardens are all maturing and ripening in the long warm days. Here in my kitchen I am surrounded with buckets of tomatoes, quite a few cabbages and the normal over abundance of zucchini. As well we have apples and pears ripening and armloads of mint. And a neighbour...
  5. Colourful Autumn Plants

    Colourful Autumn Plants
    Autumn is all about colour as trees that have been green and lush all summer long reveal new and flamboyant personalities. Expect to enjoy flame-coloured leaves on maples, burgundy and red on grapevines and yellow on ash trees while crepe myrtles have their own cascades of yellow and gold. The plants that put on these amazing leaf colours are deciduous...
  6. Trailing Plants

    Trailing Plants
    Trailing plants combine function with beauty. They cascade over an edge, spread across the ground or tumble from a pot or hanging basket, softening hard edges and adding colour and texture. Without the softening touch of a trailing plant, garden edges, paths, the sides of steps and many containers could look stark and bare. As well as softening the scene...
  7. Plants with Big Leaves

    Plants with Big Leaves
    Leaves are the plant’s powerhouse. They capture sunlight and using chlorophyll, the enzyme that makes leaves green, turn it into sugars to fuel growth. The transformation is known as photosynthesis and it is a fundamental part of life on earth. Although all plants carry out photosynthesis a myriad of leaf types have evolved. Some are big, some are small, some shiny...
  8. Hibiscus

    Hibiscus
    The flamboyant flowers of hibiscus (Hibiscus rosa-sinensis) light up summer gardens. They are such generous shrubs, unfurling new flowers day after day so there’s always something bold and colourful to enjoy amid the dense green of our summer gardens. With flowers in tones of red, pink, yellow, orange and even purple, and bearing single or double petal structures, choosing a...
  9. Plants that give your garden a summer feel

    Plants that give your garden a summer feel
    Being on holidays during summer is more than just having time off. It’s about soaking up the laid back atmosphere of summer: spending time sitting under a shady tree, lounging beside a pool, chilling at a holiday house or zoning out at a lush resort. The plants that surround you become part of the summer holiday and can be the...
  10. Tackling Mosquitoes in the Garden

    Tackling Mosquitoes in the Garden
    Mosquitoes turn time outside into an ordeal. Late afternoon and early evening are peak times 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, even though many fragrant plants...

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