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Gardening

GROWING GREAT TOMATOES

In the wake of coronavirus related social distancing measures it seems that Australians have embraced gardening like never before.  I recently read an article that resonated with me from Richgro where a national survey identified that 75% of people are spending more time in the garden than they ever did previously. And I suppose it’s […]

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Our top 10 vegetables to plant in Spring

If you’ve found yourself standing in front of your veggie garden in the warm spring sunlight desperate to plant something edible, but not sure what, this is for you.  Here are my favourite vegetables to plant in spring – these are the ones I grow every year and enjoy cooking and eating. If you start […]

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NO COUNTRY FOR YOUNG PEOPLE

Agricultural scientist Ian Oxenford proposes revitalising rural Australia by changing subdivision laws to release affordable productive land to young families. Australia faces a major problem: house prices in most cities are unaffordable to the average family.  On a train journey north of Newcastle, I became aware of the vastness of our countryside. Every kilometre or […]

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THE WONDER OF EARTHWORMS

Having a worm farm at home is a fantastic way to disappear your food scraps and transform them into wonderfully fertile soil. Having earthworms in your soil is like having a secret team looking after the health of your plants, and the planet!  If you have trouble keeping things alive (your worms or your plants), […]

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Wingham Nursery Update

Recently, Wingham nursery held a scarecrow competition. It was aimed at giving families a challenge, whilst tackling the boredom of lock down through the Covid 19 epidemic. It went from being a competition conducted all online, to a real-life show and tell, with scarecrows exhibited throughout the nursery. It certainly was great to hear the […]

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WINTER IN THE GARDEN

As winter starts to settle into the garden, you might be thinking about putting on your slippers, not your gardening boots.  But your garden still needs lots of love during the quieter months, and this season is the perfect time for planting roses, citrus, and winter veggies, as well as preventing pesky lawn weeds. And […]

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SYMPTOMS OF GARDENING ARE CATCHING ON

First it was the panic buying of toilet paper, then staples like rice, eggs and meat; now it’s spread to the nursery industry as demand for edible plants and seeds increases drastically due to coronavirus. In the time our family has operated Wingham Nursery we’ve never seen anything like the past few weeks in 48 […]

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How to deal with post-fire weeds

The devastating fires this season have had a massive effect across our own area, people, communities, and well beyond. I’ve written this article for those who may be struggling with the impact of post-fire weed growth. Now’s the time to act, and I hope this article can help you with that. I’d also encourage you […]

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Green Umbrellas Part ii

Following my last article regarding the positive impacts of trees on our seemingly increasing hot summers this one is designed to give an insight into a few specific species that I perceive as performing well in our area.  I’ve shortlisted these due to their ability to provide a dense canopy that not only actively supports […]

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Green umbrellas

It’s usually this time of year that most of what I read, see and hear is based around the summer season temperatures; its increasing looming presence and the heat that causes detriment to our flora and fauna nationwide. The heat has already contributed to some of the catastrophic environmental events experienced recently and is ongoing. […]

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PLANTS TO ENCOURAGE CHRISTMAS SPIRIT IN TOUGH TIMES

Traditional Christmas plants are those that stand out during winter. This may surprise but it reflects the timing of the celebration of Christmas in mid-winter in the northern hemisphere.  Evergreens such as mistletoe, holly (which has red berries in winter), ivy, fir, and spruce are all associated with a winter Christmas celebration. In Australia, gardens […]

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GARDENING 101: Top indoor plants for the new #Plantparent

Indoor plants are trendy. They are the must-have house ornament of 2019, with hashtags, groups and communities around plant parenthood setting social media ablaze.  But, unlike industrial lights, leaf-motif wallpaper and anything copper, plants are a decorative item that you can’t buy, set and forget. They are living organisms that demand your care and attention […]