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Saturday, September 19, 2020
Century 21
Century 21

Category: Gardening

First National Altitude
First National Altitude

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.

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.

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...

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...

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...

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.

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...

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...

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.

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

DIY: Blooming brilliant Mother’s Day gift idea

At the moment, it’s difficult to get out and grab fresh bunches of flowers to spoil Mum - so, for a blooming brilliant Mother's Day gift idea, why not pot...

An ideal month for gardening

It's hard to believe that tomorrow is the beginning of May, which is an ideal month for gardening. This autumn, the temperatures have stayed quite warm,...

An Anzac Day like no other

This year, Anzac Day will be remembered like no other. 'Lest We Forget' - and we won't allow a virus to deter us from our remembrance.Light a candle or wave a...

How to attract native birds

I find that current garden designs generally exclude our Australian native plants. Why? The demand for a minimalistic garden, supposedly to compliment modern house designs. We aren't sheep...

Sowing the seeds at new library

An exciting partnership in Maitland will promote mental health, save food cultures, and celebrate seasonality. The new Maitland Seed Library – the first of its kind in the...

Time to take out the weeds

Spending time in our homes during this difficult time can only be good for the garden, which, during the drought and water restrictions, has been left sadly neglected. Yes, I am...

Winter is coming

April is here. Those in isolation will think time is going slowly, but seasonal-wise we are already in the second month of autumn, which is one of the loveliest months for gardening....
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