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Category: Gardening

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,...

Lake Macquarie hosts native plant giveaway

More than 3000 free native plants will be provided to Lake Macquarie residents next month as part of the council’s annual Native Plant Giveaway. The event is usually held in conjunction with the...

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...

Open gardens to showcase the best of spring

Spring has sprung and the blossoms are out in bloom in Tilligerry gardens across the Peninsula. The Tilligerry Open Gardens is being held for the second year running, displaying several manicured and magnificent...

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...

Spring promises a burst of colour

Okay readers, I am a little early to write the August job column, but the arrival of August means spring is only four weeks away and, this year, after cold and heavy...

The fruits of your labour

My first July column this month touched on pruning. I covered roses, hydrangeas and some ornamentals, but there are many other plants that require care at this time of year. Pruning during winter...

Times have certainly changed, but citrus trees are adaptable

It was great back when there were large gardens, with rotary clothes lines and a giant lemon tree. Well, times have certainly changed, and citrus trees have become quite adaptable to smaller spaces...

Give wattle the status it deserves

Have you noticed driving along roads bordered by bushland there are trees covered in bright yellow balls? I am surprised each year when this beautiful native begins emerging with its colourful display in...

Hold back the chainsaw during pruning

July takes us into the depth of winter – a time when we are encouraged to stay inside where it is warm, avoiding the cold westerly winds. However, there are important tasks to...

It’s a bug’s life during winter

Each year during winter I am surprised how many bugs decide to visit, many of which may have been hiding and are now exposed as trees defoliate, exposing underplanting.No doubt, as a result...

Zanzibar Gem stands tall indoors

I abandoned the garden on my day off. Although the sun was out, I felt like relaxing after working all weekend but, as I sat with my book, my eyes couldn’t resist checking out my...

Cool as a cucumber: tips to cultivate a cuke

The humble cucumber will be celebrated today as World Cucumber Day sprouts across the nation. Why not commemorate the occasion by cultivating your own cuke at home or creating cucumber cocktails? Hendricks Gin is...

Trick to planting trees in smaller gardens

It won't be long until the shortest day of the year, not allowing for many sunny, warm days in the garden, yet this can be an ideal time to plant deciduous trees and other...

Wise to water in cool conditions

Winter has arrived, although during May it felt like it already had, and gardens have been getting more attention than usual as we have been avoiding the virus, complying with the government...
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