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Judy Sharpe

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Judy Sharpe

Countless choices for your veggie patch

Spring is settling a little, which is ideal for summer vegetable crops. The choices are countless – your veggie patch probably won’t be big enough to grow all the delicious fruits and vegetables...

Choice of lavender can be confusing

Lavender is one of the most sought-after plants at this time of year – they perfume the spring air, highlighting the strongly perfumed roses and gardenias. It may be beautiful and highly...

Trees in time for Christmas

Well, here we are in the middle of spring and we’ve had a little rain, whetting gardeners’ appetites to plant. The request I receive the most at this time of year, with summer...

How to care for African violets

Readers will probably agree with me in this situation: two of the most difficult plants to purchase in flower and keep them looking great are African violets and fuchsias. These two beautiful flowering...

Buzz around organic gardening

Gardening organically has become popular, but how many gardeners truly understand this method of cultivation? I’m often asked which plant to grow to keep away whatever pest, but this kind of garden practice...

Seedling growers’ new flowers and veggies

Every year, seedling growers introduce new ­flowers and vegetables for spring. This year, Oasis has updated its range to correlate different varieties into different size punnets. For example: ‘Flower Boutique’ includes African Daisies,...

Lavender’s favourite time of year

Started sneezing yet? I have. Spring has sprung and the days are windy, blowing pollen around. I begin sneezing instantly when I walk into the courtyard at the nursery; the bees are out...

Great time to plant your veggie garden

Spring is a great time to plant a vegetable garden. Dig in cow manure and an all-purpose plant food and wait a week before planting some of the latest release summer crops. There are...

Burst of colour after cold, wet winter

I can’t resist writing a little prematurely about spring as I noticed this morning my cream clivias are all budding and ready to burst open into ­flower. I love the tall stems they...

Time to reflect as spring draws near

There’s only 11 days left until spring. Before winter is over, re­flect on your garden and consider what could be planted to improve the garden’s structure. Are trees needed to provide a canopy and,...

How to combat common lawn problems

Substituting for my son, Scott, on gardening talkback (2NURFM) this week, I had many callers with lawn problems. This is often the case when army grub attacks lawns during summer, but I even...

Rise in demand for native plants

Modern garden designs tend to focus on garden walls, cactus and succulent designs but, at this time of year, the requests for native plants become more prevalent as many are in flower...