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Friday, July 23, 2021

Category: Gardening

Urban Hum bring buzz to backyard beekeeping

They are in almost every backyard in Newcastle. In fact in 26 inner city suburbs they live enmasse - up to 80,000 of them are keeping busy sustaining ecosystems. For Urban Hum founders...

Organic farming grown in heart of Hunter

Novocastrian latte lovers are playing a vital role in sustainable agriculture. Unbeknown to many drinkers, their morning caffeine ritual has helped convert one million litres of food waste into compost, growing a cleaner...

Hop into the garden: Judy Sharpe

An early Easter is ideal for gardening as the perfect weather, following a good soaking of rain, gives gardeners enthusiasm to dig and plant. Prepare garden beds for winter flowers and vegetables by...

Judy Sharpe: Give citrus plenty of TLC

As I write this column, it is the first day of autumn and quite summery. So much for a change in seasons. I took Arthur – my new puppy – for time...

Hunter inventor set to impress green thumbs

Peter McKinnon loves solving problems. Drawing on his knowledge of construction and design, the Novocastrian innovator quite literally re-invented the wheel last month. From his Beresfield-based business, Mr McKinnon launched the Omnia Plant Glider,...

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,...

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...
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