In the Garden

Brown Marmorated Stink Bug - Unwanted in NZ!
If the brown marmorated stink bug finds its way into New Zealand, the economic impact will be severe. We can all help keep this pest out.
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Fresh start
If winter has had you reaching for the comfort food, spring is the time to turn over a new leaf and plant a garden full of healthy, nutrient dense food.
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Future food forest
Imagine having fruit to pick from your garden 365 days of the year. With careful planning its more than possible, even in a town sized garden.
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Improving the root zone
Whether you have poor sandy soil, heavy clay or a lifeless patch of compacted over-cultivated ground, there is plenty you can do to improve it over time.
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Kids Go Gardening - green machines
Every kid knows green leafy vegetables are SUPER good for us. But why? Because they contain loads of good things to keep bodies healthy.
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Myrtle Rust - information for gardeners and hikers
For those of you out and about and in the garden, keep a look out for symptoms of Myrtle Rust.
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No nonsense roses
When it comes to roses, the heart so easily rules the head. But we can all enjoy the world's most romantic flower without pain or hard labour. Sue Linn takes a pragmatic look at roses.
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Traditional values
Jade Temepara has been feeding her family from her own garden for well over a decade, but her passion for good food and healthy living has taken her way beyond her own backyard.
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A place to learn
At Dawson Primary school there is a classroom dedicated to science and nature. Here, every child from new entrants to Year 6 spends an hour each week with specialist Science and Environment teacher Debbie Davies.
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Be a sun smart gardener
Gardening is a healthy pursuit in so many ways, but it is also an outdoor pursuit. Sue Linn relates how she deals with her love of gardening and being safe in the sun
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Be your own beekeeper
As more and more of us consider adding a beehive to our garden, a new book by Janet Luke is well timed.
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Edibles in containers
Strawberries don't just look pretty cascading over the edge of pots, tubs and planter boxes. They thrive - because perfect drainage is essential if you want to grow strawberries successfully
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Eye on Nature
At 'Eye On Nature' kids and their communities mingle with scientists and passionate environmentalists from around New Zealand. This award winning environmental education event is held each autumn at the northern end of Auckland Botanic Gardens.
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For the love of colour
There's no season like spring to inspire the gardener that's in all of us. Now's the time to create a flower garden that will bring out the artist in you
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Growing a fresh spring crunch
After a winter of hearty comfort food, the desire for something with crunch becomes more like a craving. Sarah O'Neil grows a non-stop supply of fresh salad greens.
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Jewels for the Christmas feast
Meryn Wakelin celebrates the best of Christmas fare - freshly harvested vegetables from the early summer garden.
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Kids Go Gardening - make a mini Hobbit hole
If you have watched The Hobbit movie you will know that Hobbits live in underground houses called hobbit holes. You can make a mini one. It's fun and its easy.
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Pansy perfection
Pansies and their smaller viola cousins, have kept up with the times as favourites among flowers that are easy to grow and deliver premium colour on tougher and tougher plants.
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Spring in the vege patch
The arrival of spring is warmly welcomed. It's the perfect time to grab a spade and start growing vegetables for the new season. However caution should be exercised
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Spring planting
It's the start of an exciting new planting season, but beware of late frosts! Except in warm northern climates, it's a few weeks yet before tender crops can be safely planted outdoors
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Summer colour for butterflies
Now is the time to begin loading colourful plants into your garden to ensure you have a blazing display to attract as many butterflies as possible. Butterflies are attracted to a colourful scene and will even fight over an appealing area claiming territory.
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Summer from seed
November is planting time for some favourite summer crops. Sarah O'Neil speaks from experience about sowing seed outdoors.
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Talking tomatoes
Of all the delicious food we can grow in our summer gardens, tomatoes are among the most rewarding. Get the basics right and we can all grow a crop to be proud of. But it's always useful to talk to someone who's been doing it for years. Sue Linn talks to a couple of experienced tomato enthusiasts.
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Battling against bugs
Summer's warm humid conditions are great for plants but also for their foes, both diseases and pests in all their forms.
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Drought alert!
It's dry out there and your garden will be stressed. Here's 10 tips to help it get through.
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Good, green giving
When it's hot and humid out there, with little time to spare, the last thing we feel like doing is battling traffic or navigating crowded shopping malls. A garden centre is just the place to escape the stress, a healthy refreshing environment that calms frazzled minds, and where there is a gift for just about anyone.
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Spring lawns
As the days get warmer the lawn leaps back into rapid growth. Spring is a good time to act so that you can enjoy a beautiful green lawn over summer.
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The sweet taste of Summer
Picture your summer vege garden bursting at the seams with colour, health and vitality. Picking armloads of fresh, sweet homegrown fruit and veges to feed family and friends is one of summer's greatest joys, but there's no time to waste if we're to make the most of the warm months ahead.
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The Taste of Summer
There is something about the strange smell the tomato plant gives off, the scent of anticipation. Soon there will be tomatoes ripening within the branches
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The taste of Summer - tomatoes
As far as Sarah O'Neil is concerned, summer only means one thing - Tomatoes
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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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Tomatoes with Sarah
Sarah O'Neil reflects on the trials and tribulations of learning how to grow tomatoes
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Autumn harvest tips
Throughout the world, autumn is celebrated with harvest festivals. Nature is taking care of us by providing a glorious bounty of fruit and veges to prepare and store for the lean winter months ahead.
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Autumn is planting time
Warm soil and cooling air spell perfect growing conditions for almost everything in the garden. Make the most of mellow Autumn weather and get planting!
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Awesome Autumn
Autumn is a rewarding time in the vege garden with both harvesting and new planting to enjoy.
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Book - Garden Pest & Disease Control
With fewer options on the garden centre shelves for controlling pests and diseases, this book provides solutions for the home gardener by focusing on 'integrated control' using all the tools available.
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Changing seasons
When the calendar turns to March, autumn has officially arrived and it's the exciting beginning of a brand new planting season. Sarah O'Neil ponders the practicalities of getting ready for winter while the summer vege garden keeps on giving.
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Chewy Chocolate Zucchini Slice
If you've a problem with too many zucchinis, larger ones can be grated to make a chocolate zucchini cake. Here's the recipe for Chewy Chocolate Zucchini Slice.
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Cool classic
A bit like the black dress, the 'white garden' has a crisp elegance that never goes out of fashion. Its quiet simplicity comes to life in shady areas and at night when the flowers shine out in the moonlight.
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Earthly delights
Growing perfect carrots, parsnips and beetroot is hugely satisfying once you know how. Sarah O'Neil gets to the root of the matter.
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Full of flavour
Easy-care feijoa trees produce bucket loads of healthy autumn and winter fruit - year after year.
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Gardening with herbs
Home grown herbs provide a constantly available source of fresh culinary flavouring, which can be used with a wide variety of foods. They are also attractive plants for the garden and are easy to grow.
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Go for green - Autumn lawn tips
A smooth, rich green lawn can lift the look of the entire garden and is a surefire way to increase the value of your property. After a long hot summer many lawns are far from green. But with autumn on our side it's amazing how quickly a parched wasteland.
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Know thy enemy
Sue Linn wages war on a tiny terror - the tomato potato psyllid (TPP)
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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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Love your lawn this Autumn
A lovely lawn gives a feeling of peace and comfort. Autumn is a great time to give your lawn the love it deserves, and the very best time to create a lovely new lawn - a soothing green space to come home to after a day's work in the concrete jungle.
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Make pesto
Don't leave all that lovely basil for Jack Frost. Turn it into pesto for the freezer so you can enjoy the flavour all through winter in soups and snacks. Parsley, rocket and coriander also make great pesto. For an easy recipe
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Nature's planting time
With cool air and warm, rain-soaked soil that's easy to dig, autumn is a great time to be outside planting.
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Reap what you sow!
Autumn in the vege garden - Summer's end brings no time for slacking, there's plenty to keep us busy in the autumn vege patch.
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Safer & Healthier Gardening
Gardening is one of the most popular leisure activities in New Zealand. It lets people enjoy nature and grow their own produce. However, despite its quiet, healthy image, there are some risks involved in gardening. This simple safety guide is designed to help you reduce these risks and get even more enjoyment from your garden.
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Spring bulbs A to Z
Get busy planting bulbs in autumn, so come spring, you'll have beautiful flowers to enjoy outdoors, and some more to pick.
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Top tasks for Autumn
Autumn is planting time for almost everything you could want to plant, but it is the very best time to sow new lawns and to plant trees, and the only time to plant spring flowering bulbs.
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Zucchini pesto 'pasta'
If you can keep up with picking the best way to eat your zucchini is small and straight after harvest.
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A lemon a day
Winter is peak harvest time for citrus trees, so it's worth preserving a winter abundance for later use. Meryn Wakelin wouldn't waste a single lemon
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Beat the chill
Whether you live in the subtropical north, the snowy south or somewhere in between, planting a garden with winter in mind can turn the chilly season into a time of great delight.
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Brassica recipes
For anyone turned off brassicas in childhood, overcooking has got to be the number one culprit. A minute or two is all it takes to steam a sweet crunchy side dish.
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Bringing nature indoors
Along with the retro revival of all things mid-century, houseplants are making a big comeback in fashionable living spaces worldwide. This all bodes well for happy, healthy homes
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Cool colour in containers
When shorter days mean less time outside it makes sense to bring nature closer, making the most of potted plants in and around the home.
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Cool weather classics
If you want something that lasts longer than a bunch of cut flowers, you can't beat a beautiful flowering cyclamen for the cooler months of the year.
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Four top trees to plant in Winter
Winter is the season of hibernation for some plants. It might be the same for some people but for the real gardener, hibernation provides the opportunity to do great things in the garden.
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How to make sauerkraut
Man has been preparing and eating fermented foods for thousands of years and around the world today many cultures understand the great and varied health benefits of including fermented foods in their daily diet.
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Multi-talented camellias
They're like the roses of winter. There is no doubting the beauty of camellia flowers; their shapes, colours and perfumes. But in a world not short of spectacular blooms, camellias offer so much more
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Pride of the patch
Cabbages can be grown 365 days of the year, but they are particularly rewarding in winter when the cooler temperatures turn them sweeter than ever.
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The 3 P's for quick Winter colour
Flowering annuals are especially valuable over the cooler months of the year, bringing cheerful colour when there are few other flowers around.
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The essential lemon tree
The trusty lemon fulfills all manner of culinary requirements; from marinades to dressings, to homemade lemonade for summer and hot soothing drinks for winter. And only lemon rivals chocolate in the most heavenly of heavenly desserts.
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Absolutely fabulous foliage plants
Pacific Coprosmas are extraordinary foliage plants with that rare mixture of presence, dependability and fabulous looks
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Berry delight
Beautiful perennial 'Berry Delight' nemesias are another exciting feature for the spring cottage garden, hanging baskets and pots. Those magical early spring blooms are now bigger and more fragrant than ever.
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Bite sized
We know it's good for them, but getting children excited about fresh fruit can be trying. One time-honoured approach is to think bite-sized portions for pint-sized people. These colourful mini fruits from Waimea Nurseries are child friendly, tasty and easy to grow, perfect for a family garden.
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Bold and beautiful
Spring is planting time for two classic summer flowers. Both are excellent for picking. Dahlia tubers and gladioli corms arrive in garden centres in August
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Bright sparks
Contrasting textures of green on green is key to creating a fantastic all season garden. And adding a splash of variegated foliage is like turning the lights on, especially on dull winter days.
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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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Designing with flowers
If colour is your thing, or if you love to keep your vases full of flowers, modern breeding has delivered a plethora of plants that deliver bloom after bloom in the hottest months of year. Master the art of planting a garden that keeps on giving throughout summer and beyond.
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Downsizing
Whether home is an apartment, retirement unit or town house, Heuchera 'Cuties' fit perfectly into a smaller garden
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Flax - Kiwi Icon
For the first New Zealanders it was indispensible; used in clothing, shelter, for catching and storing food, and as medicine. These days flax endures as one of our most important plants
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Flower Carpet Rose 'Sunset'
Flower Carpet Sunset is here. Take a look at it's gorgeous face and you'll see there's every reason in the world to rush out to find one to bring home
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Living art
When an evergreen shrub is sculpted into an interesting or architectural shape, it takes on the role of a garden statue, a focal point or accent amid the free flow forms of grasses or perennials. In the middle of winter, an evergreen can create a real point of interest while flowers are sleeping.
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Love Me & Leave Me
Going on holiday can cause anxiety. Will plants survive without daily care? However 'Love me and Leave Me' Roses will be just fine.
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New Salvia wishes
A lovely new range of uniquely coloured salvias is proof that wishes can come true
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Old favourite in miniature
Great news for those who love Chinese lanterns but lack the space for what have traditionally been quite large rangy shrubs, these fabulous new compact abutilons will be arriving in garden centres in time for Christmas
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Perfectly petunia
How do you like your petunias? Big and blousy or dainty and diminutive? Spreading and tumbling or chunky and upright? Striped, starred, multi-toned or plain? Bright brazen reds, pinks and . . .
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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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Silverbeet - the humble hero
Silverbeet is versatile and easy. Sow or plant this healthy staple regularly and you'll never be without fresh greens to eat. Sue Linn tells us how
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Summer garden design solutions
Summer's a great time of year to work on some garden design solutions like how to make your garden beds look a whole lot better
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Sun worshippers
Impatiens; they're a top choice for cheerful garden borders or adding bright pops of colour among shrubs and perennials. But they've always needed shade. That is, until SunPatiens came along!
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Ten ways to plant roses
Inspired to plant a rose? Don't hold back. Contrary to popular belief, roses are not difficult to grow and there are beautiful easy-care varieties to suit every situation.
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The benefits of beetroot
Highly nutritious beetroot is well worth growing. Naturopath Meryn Wakelin shines the light on this underrated root crop and shares a chocolate cake recipe with a twist
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The Bold and the Beautiful
Successfully combining flowers and foliage is an art form that takes time and experimentation, even for the most practiced gardener. But happily, we can also depend on some classic combos that always come up trumps.
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The Flower Carpet story
This spring sees the New Zealand release of the ninth Flower Carpet Rose variety and the two millionth Flower Carpet Rose will be sold in New Zealand.
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Voodoo Magic
Floriferous Voodoo Verbenas are taking their place among summer's top flowers.
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Kids Go Container Gardening
Gardening is for everyone, even if you don't have a place for a garden in the ground! You can plant a garden wherever you want - even in a pair of old boots!
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Kids Go Gardening - air plant hanger
Sometimes it's just too wet and wintry to go outdoors, but there are lots of amazing plants we can grow indoors. How about making one of these cool AIR PLANT hangers for your room?
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Kids Go Gardening - beeeautiful!
Make a 'bee-friendly' garden and the bees will love to visit your place
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Kids Go Gardening - edible flowers
Some flowers are edible and can be eaten straight out of the garden or used as decorations. They're easy to grow too!
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Kids Go Gardening - flutterby butterfly
Planting a butterfly garden is easy and you'll be rewarded with the fluttering of butterflies all through the summer
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Kids Go Gardening - gift crafts
With Christmas coming up, it's fun to make your own gifts. A gift for someone you love is all the more special if it's made by you. Here are three garden craft projects to keep you busy in the holidays.
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Kids Go Gardening - hypertufa pots
Do you like making mud pies? With a bit of help from a grown up you can take it to another level and make your own fake rock "Hypertufa" pots.
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Kids Go Gardening - Kokedama, ball of fun!
It's mucky, it's creative, it's the latest craze and it's so much fun! Try making your very own Kokedama, a Japanese hanging string garden (or moss ball).
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Kids Go Gardening - make a bean hut
Summer time means long, hot days and lots of time spent outside. Wouldn't it be great to have your own hideaway?
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Kids Go Gardening - make a bug hotel
Do you love hunting for bugs? Creepy crawlies are fun to find and are good for your garden too. Give them somewhere to live and you'll be fascinated by what visitors come and stay.
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Kids Go Gardening - painting pots
Autumn is a great time to plant flowers, herbs and veges in pots. Decorating your pot into a work of art will brighten up your garden, so go potty!
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Kids Go Gardening - plant a bite sized treat
Here comes summer! It's time to plant tomatoes! Cherry tomatoes make a sweet colourful snack, just the right size for your lunchbox. Grow your own and taste the sunshine in them!
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Kids Go Gardening - spring flowering bulbs
Everyone loves daffodils and tulips. But if you want to have them in your garden you have to plant them in autumn.
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Kids Go Gardening - the hairy caterpillar
Make your own Hungry Caterpillar from the story about the caterpillar who ate a mountain of food and turned into a beautiful butterfly.
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Kids Go Gardening - wind chimes
How about adding some music to your garden with hanging wind chimes? Get creative and design your own!
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A family affair
When Jenny Hamill and her partner William became parents, they decided it was time they had a garden
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A healthy obsession
Sue Linn visits self-confessed gardening junkie, Liz Clark in her thriving city garden.
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A man of all seasons
Liz Light talks to international florist J. Barry Ferguson about the joys of gardening in two very different places - Northland New Zealand and Long Island New York.
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A Taranaki Treasure
Cleo Wood meets industrious Taranaki gardener Mary Dickson, as she prepares to open her garden to thousands of festival visitors for the twenty fifth time!
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Bringing the outdoors in
Adrienne Lorimer has cultivated a number of different gardens over the years, some of them quite large. But when she and husband Duncan moved from Christchurch to sunny Nelson, their vision was clear.
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Common ground
Sarah Thornton discovers that multiple benefits can arise from collaborating with your neighbours.
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Cultivating healthy families
As far as Jade Temepara is concerned, feeding ourselves sustainably is a priority. The young mother of five is committed to helping others learn the basic gardening skills she fears have become lost to a generation of New Zealanders.
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Dream job
Keeping the fantasy alive at one of our most popular tourist attractions involves a team of dedicated horticulturists. Sue Linn meets the gardeners at Hobbiton Movie Set.
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Essential ingredients
When fresh fruit and veges are the order of the day, it makes sense to grow your own. Sue Linn talks to a gardener driven by her desire for top quality food.
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For goodness sake
Like many of her generation, Laura Faire came to gardening via her passion for great food and healthy living. For this professional chef, food writer and television presenter, the garden and kitchen are as one
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Joining Forces
Sue Linn finds out what happens when a gifted garden designer marries a nurseryman
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Living the dream
Sue Linn visits passionate food grower and garden blogger, Sarah O'Neil, in her impressive vegetable garden.
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Pure Passion
Sally Brown of Otago is spreading the love of flowers. Sue Linn talks to one of New Zealand's most inspirational young gardeners.
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Raw Delight
Naturopath Meryn Wakelin explains how eating raw plant food has remarkable consequences to our health and wellbeing
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Shades of green
When Bron chooses plants for her garden, flowers are the last thing on her mind. Her colour palette is restricted to shades of green. For this budding garden designer, its all about shape.
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Southern charm
Sue Linn visits Dunedin's Larnach Castle on the windswept Otago Peninsular, and talks to head gardener Fiona Eadie.
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Sunday gardener
It's often said that the busier we are, the more we can accomplish. Sue Linn finds out how Clevedon gardener, Diana Gallagher, finds time for the things that matter most.
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The birds & the bees
Cherie and Brendan Vale confess that when they purchased their lifestyle block in Te Aute a decade ago, they had no idea what shape their garden would take.
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Tilling the hearts of a community
Gardens are created for a number of reasons; some to simply marvel at for their beauty, some to relax in, some to shade and feed us. But there's a garden in the Hastings suburb of Flaxmere that has been created to fulfil a different need; the healing of a community.
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Tomorrow's gardeners
Sue Linn visits the Kapiti Coast for a peek behind the scenes of one of the Ellerslie International Flower Show's most popular gardens
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What a gardener wants for Christmas
I hate to seem greedy, but if anyone is wondering what to get me for Christmas, here's what's on this gardener's wish list.
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12 time savers for gardeners
A garden is a place to relax and unwind. If yours sometimes feels more like a chore, here are twelve ways you can make your garden less time consuming.
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Adding value
Sarah Thornton investigates the the hidden fortune in our backyards
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Building a garden - layer upon layer
The dramatic effects of planting in layers - how to plan and plant a garden using the layered approach
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Good for you carbs
The high energy foods we can grow in our gardens are by far the best kind of carbs. Meryn Wakelin explains why.
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Growing the next generation
It seems like we lost a generation of gardeners somewhere along the line. But thankfully children all over New Zealand are turning back to a love for the outdoors. One initiative empowering our kids to go gardening via their schools is the Yates 'Kids Go Gardening' School Buddies initiative.
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Pest watch
Slugs and snails must the most despicable garden pests. Sarah O'Neil considers her options.
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Plant swan plant seeds early
This time of year is a great time to sow swan plant or milkweed seeds. There is still enough heat to encourage germination and your plants will have a chance to reach a reasonable size before the cold weather slows them down.
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Save our bees
Bees play a vital role of pollination in New Zealand agriculture and horticulture industries and in our home gardens
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The Garden Effect
Yes its official, all the time and effort involved in keeping your garden looking good pays dividends! Simply put, houses with good gardens sell quicker, for a better price. The estimated effect on price being +16%, with three times payback on money invested!
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The room outside
A space to relax and refuel with the ones we love, the room outdoors is a valuable extension of home.
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Up close with aphids
If you grow vegetables, roses, dahlias, citrus, or other fruit trees you will have aphids in your garden. As soon as the weather warms and your plants flush into succulent spring growth, aphids are ready.
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Up the wall
Vertical gardens add to the beauty of our urban areas. And the equipment and knowledge of how to make them is available be they multi-storey vertical gardens or smaller domestic green walls. Liz Light talks to the experts.
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Work of Art
Marlborough artist Rick Edmonds is the force behind the Link Pathway project in Marlborough - a functional and very beautiful pathway that is linking communities from Havelock to Picton.
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Fit for purpose
There's plenty to think about when designing a play space for young children. Sarah Thornton talks to the professionals behind a much loved kindy garden in Hawkes Bay.
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Gardening for physical health
It's common knowledge that gardening is good for you, and not just because of the obvious fresher, better tasting fruits and vegetables to eat. In terms of physical activity, gardening is a winner too!
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Gardens for life
Gardening is a way to keep healthy and active in our golden years and the benefits are numerous, whether your garden is a quarter-acre plot or a few containers on a small balcony
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The value of trees for shelter and shade
Protection from the extremes of weather is a primary need for humans and for animals and plants. Constant exposure to strong wind and sun is detrimental to the health and well-being of people, stock and crops.
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Cool cities are green cities
Around the globe cities are getting more crowded, noisier and hotter. Climate change is adding to that heat, placing pressure on human health, urban amenity spaces, productivity and infrastructure.
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Gardening for mental health
For people with mental health issues darkness and cold can be triggers for depression, but they need not be.
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How tree planting prevents erosion
Plants and trees need land to grow on and the constantly changing climate is providing a number of challenges including erosion.
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Food Space
Greenlife matters because plants are what we eat to survive; green space matters because we need it to grow crops
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Gardens in the sky
Green roofs provide a host of advantages for city living and are becoming increasingly popular across the world.
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Greening the gray
Using roundabouts and traffic islands as garden oases
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Minimising the effects of El Nino
During El Nino, New Zealand generally experiences more extremes in weather. Every El Nino is different and its impacts on New Zealand's climate cannot be easily predicted.
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Collaborative composting
People are wasteful, and we're running out of space to dump our waste. A simple way to reduce waste is to use it to create compost! Composting improves soil ecology, saves organic waste going to landfill, and reduces the associated costs of waste disposal
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Make room for trees
An aerial view of our cities reveals a sad trend in the way the suburbs are developing without the enhancement of trees and green spaces
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Storm water mitigation
Floods are more commonplace than they once were for a number of reasons, but there are steps we can take to minimise the damage
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The Conservationists
Sarah Thornton discovers a Taupo conservation project that is being led by the same students it is educating
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What's preventing more green space?
More and more school gardens and community gardens are popping up. Councils are starting to do more roadside plantings, revegetation projects, and stream bank plantings. But it's nowhere near enough! So what are the barriers to more plants and green spaces?
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Beyond beautification - roadside planting
There's no doubting that plants beautify roadsides, breaking up masses of concrete, steel and unsightly road tar. With so much being spent on roading, it may suggested that plants are just another cost that could be avoided! But plants save money in the long-term
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Connecting with Nature
Sarah Thornton discovers a special community project that's fostering pride in our environment and taking learning outdoors
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Measuring the impact of greening benefits
For a while now we've been talking about the benefits of plants and green spaces, but how can we actually measure these benefits?
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Preparing our cities for a greener future
Are our cities ready for a greener future? What should greener cities look like? Is climate change still important and relevant?
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Young leaders thinking Green
I had the pleasure of judging the Young Leaders Award for the Nursery & Garden Industry Australia last week and it's clear the next generation of horticulturists are thinking green
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Green gift giving
"Gift a gift that keeps growing and benefits the environment." Plants are a perfect gift for anyone and with a little tender loving care they'll still be around, probably bigger and better, next Christmas.
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Greening Taupo
All around the country people are banding together to enhance the green life in their towns and cities. Even in our most picturesque locations there is scope to be greener.
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Riparian planting saving our streams
The classic Kiwi holiday often involves swimming in streams, a spot of fishing and enjoying the beautiful outlook of streams shaded by native plants and seemingly endless green landscapes. But our streams, as we know them, are at threat, so it's time to get planting
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The Garden Effect
The New Year is a popular time to commence home improvements projects, and the best place to start is in the garden. Why? Because houses with attractive gardens instantly add value to your property, not to mention the health and wellbeing benefits provide.
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Urban Green, what do we mean?
The term 'urban green' is popping up in environmental reports, gardening and lifestyle magazines, blogs and of late in government and council papers and plans. So what does 'urban green' mean and why does it matter?
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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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Gardening helps people with dementia
A lot has been written of late about how gardening and spending time in parks and green spaces helps dementia sufferers. The therapeutic qualities of gardens are increasingly being recognised as a way to improve the health of dementia sufferers.
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Greening the rubble
Christchurch's inner city may still feel like a warzone, but in the years since the quake, there's been some significant greening going on, and it's not just weeds filling the cracks
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How to start a community garden
Much has been written of Community Gardens of late. We all know gardening is good for us, we need more green spaces and that there are numerous benefits afforded by community gardens. But few offer advice on how to start one. Why?
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Street trees - why we need more!
Why should you care about whether there are trees on your street, or on the streets nearby? Well, besides the obvious - that they make a street look more attractive - street trees are proven to provide numerous benefits to residents in terms of property values & more
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Celebrate Arbour Day & World Environment Day
Arbor Day marks the beginning of the planting season and a time to celebrate the unique biodiversity of our country. Arbor Day is about inspiring people to plant and celebrate trees.
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Living roofs - more than aesthetically pleasing!
While Living Roofs are popping up around the globe either in compliance with regulatory measures or to save on energy costs, little is known about them apart from their effectiveness. Green roofs or living roofs are intentionally vegetated roofs.
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Plants give back at Ellerslie
Within minutes of walking around the Ellerslie Flower Show it became obvious that plants really do give back. The natural beauty, fragrant floral scents and vibrant colours created an almost idyllic setting for visitors to enjoy.
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Reduce your footprint - plant your backyard
We often hear about the need to reduce our carbon footprint and be green. But how can we, as individuals, do our part to help? Thinking about your plant selection and surrounding habitat, recycling, composting and conserving water all help.
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Repairing our damage
Many of the world's ecosystems have undergone significant degradation with negative impacts on biological diversity and peoples' livelihoods.
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A Guerrilla in the midst?
Are you sick and tired of seeing unkempt land covered in long scraggly grass, seemingly forgotten and unloved? As a keen gardener you may be tempted to tidy it up, but beware - the moment you plant out someone else's property without their consent you have broken the law.
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Enhance your CommuniTree
Communities are the backbone of New Zealand living, providing support when family and friends are unable to. So what better way to support your community than plant more trees and help tidy up and maintain local parks and community green spaces?
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How's your plant/life balance?
Billions of dollars are spent each year searching for instant miracle cures to our environmental problems. So what can we do to help?
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Indoor plants - the perfect office pick me up
Has your return to work been more stressful than expected? Do you miss relaxing in your garden? Well it is time to enhance your desk space.
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Let the children play - OUTSIDE!
Nature Deficit Disorder is affecting our children. Although this phenomenon is not an actual medical diagnosis, research shows that a lack of playing outside in parks and green spaces is contributing to various physical and mental health issues!
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24-Sep-2017