A Stitch in Time

A Stitch in Time

December 21 is the longest day of the year, and the extra light and warmth encourages the garden to put on an exuberant burst of growth which needs maintenance to sustain it through the (hopefully) hot months ahead. If your Christmas plans are busy, here are three tasks to do now.
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Forget Air Con - Plant more Trees!

Forget Air Con - Plant more Trees!

As spring heats up and we head into summer more and more air conditioners will be turned on, sucking through electricity. But are we missing an obvious leafy solution? Plants and trees provide shade and act as natural air conditioners.
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Greenlife Matters

We know plants and green spaces are good for us. But did you know plants can provide health & wellbeing, economic, social and sustainable environmental solutions?
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Simple steps you can take to make gardening safer - image credit shutterstock.com/JariHindstroem

Legionnaires' Disease

Gardening is an enjoyable and healthy pastime. However each year a few gardeners contract legionnaires' disease. There are simple steps you can take to lessen the risk.
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Harvesting through the holidays

Harvesting through the holidays

After such a horrible spring, my garden is just beginning to liven up and a quick tour around the patch has revealed a bountiful harvest there for the picking. But it will have to wait until tomorrow because I am busy, with yet another pre-Christmas affair.
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The Battle of the bugs

The Battle of the bugs

As summer warms up, bugs get busy. Protecting our plants is a multi-pronged approach, and in the battle against bugs, it's best to act before the damage is done. Awareness and early intervention are key if we are to stay on top of pest populations.
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How to grow beans

How to grow beans

There are all sorts of beans, both annual (a one season life span) and perennial (lasting many seasons).
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Pride & Passion - New Zealand Christmas Trees

Pride & Passion - New Zealand Christmas Trees

Nothing may compare to the pohutukawa or rata tree at your favourite holiday spot, but we can all enjoy a touch of that crimson splendour at home in the garden.
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Summer inspiration


Dahlia Dreamy Series™

Dahlia Dreamy Series™

A new range of hardy dahlias on darkest foliage with lovely bronze flower buds in several vibrant colours. These are bred to stand up to the elements: The wild weather won't deter these summer beauties.
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How to  grow Capsicums and Chillies

How to grow Capsicums and Chillies

Early summer is the time to plant sweet peppers and hot peppers. They're fun to grow with so many different colours, shapes and sizes to choose from.
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Tomato Recipes

Tomato Recipes

Here's some tasty ways to enjoy this season's tomato crop - bruchetta, insalata caprese & and healthly homemade ketchup.
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Happy flowers!

Happy flowers!

Plant a little seed now and watch it grow into a beautiful sunshine flower that's taller than you!
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