Category Archives: Gardening

Edible Australian Natives

While traditional vegetables are grown in the vegie patch and fruit trees often planted in an orchard, native Australian edible plants can be grown throughout the garden as shrubs, trees and even ground cover plants. With edible plants in every

Time to get growing

The heat of summer is almost over and it’s time to take back ownership of our gardens from the heat and get back into gardening during the day, kick around some autumn leaves and have the time to relax and

CONSIDERING A SHADE TREE?

A well-positioned, healthy tree can bring a lush, leafy ambience to your home or work environment as well as protection from the elements. And is known to calm and soothe the soul. The following check list will ensure you choose

INDESTRUCTIBLE PLANTS

It can be heartbreaking to discover that those beautiful plants in which you have invested money and time, simply refuse to thrive, through no fault of their owners.    Perhaps the plants chosen may not have been the optimum choices

HAVE YOUR GARDEN CHRISTMAS READY!

Christmas is the one occasion where you have a goodly amount of time off to enjoy your home, garden and family, but you don’t want to be out in the garden slaving away while you have guests hanging out without

TOMATO MYTHS

Following my previous article about growing tomatoes I have been approached at the nursery on many occasions asking what else I know. I’m often asked if I have any top secret tips- something that will make fruit sweeter, produce bumper

Tomato time!

Tomatoes are one of the most popular home-grown vegies of all and it’s fair to say that once you’ve tasted a tomato you’ve grown yourself-there’s no turning back!  Wikipedia claims that close to 170.8 million tonnes of tomatoes were grown worldwide

SPRING BLOSSOMS AND MAGNIFICENT MAGNOLIAS

With spring on the way, it’s hard not to get excited about the new happenings in the garden. In fact, I think that one of the best ways to experience the seasonal transition of winter to spring, is to watch

It’s rose season!

Roses are some of the most romantic and classically beautiful flowers that we grow in the garden, but the number of choices can be mind boggling. Choosing a colour is a great place to start, but it’s important to select

The glamour girls

The Camellia is the icon of winter, unrivalled for glamour;  it is the shining star of the sleepy winter garden. Camellia are largely known for their lush, evergreen foliage, array of colour and variety, and their stunning flowers. But I

AUTUMN JOBS TO CARRY OUT IN THE GARDEN

Autumn is just the perfect time for working in the garden. The sun has simmered down, and the cold winds of winter are many weeks away. Now is the time to primp and prepare your garden for winter, and have

Basic principles of good garden design

Step one: Don’t over-think it! Creating a beautiful and practical garden design is much like baking a cake; all you need is a good recipe, and the right quality ingredients. You may have a pantry full of ingredients, but you