Category Archives: Gardening

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

Shade in Summer Part two

So, I thought I’d use this opportunity to showcase some species that perform best in the Manning Valley and, ideally, aid in narrowing choices to find the perfect tree for your space. These are some of my favourites that are

Shade in Summer

Summer can be a tough time in the garden. Especially when most of your time is consumed watering and trying to keep your beloved plants alive; all while combating the blistering, summer sun.  Summer is the season where most of

Fighting Fruit Fly

There’s nothing worse than biting into a juicy piece of fruit and looking down to find that it is riddled with wriggling fruit fly maggots. YUCK! Followed closely by the thought of “Did I just eat those!?” Double YUCK!! These

Passionfruit Problem Solver

The Passionfruit vine is one of the most popular garden plants in Australia. It’s easy to see why, when they produce beautiful purple and white flowers, followed by loads of delicious fruit, all against a lush green backdrop. And the

Making the Cut

Have you ever looked at a garden in the height of spring and just said “WOW?”  It may not be professionally designed, or have plants that are strategically placed, or even have a theme. It might just be a single

Winter and Bare-Rooted trees

As we move into the cooler part of the year, you’d be forgiven in thinking that there’s not much to do in the garden, but to admire it through a window with a cup of hot tea in hand. But,

What a Show!

  Caitlin, our  gardening guru, visits the  Melbourne International Flower and  Garden Show. Anyone lucky enough to visit the Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show (MIFGS) will almost certainly know how much of an amazing experience it is. Hosted for

Autumn – A Great Time to be in the Garden

By our gardening guru, Caitlin Sawyer   With the nice drop of rain that I was sure we’d never get, it’s now a great time to venture out and really enjoy the garden again. You’ll start to see the Tibochinas

How to Beat the Heat

Some good tips from our gardening guru! With the weather the way it’s been lately it’s fair to say, and quite bluntly at that, it’s been “Bloody hot!” It’s a phrase that I’ve used all too often at the nursery,

Potato half barrels

From Grown & Gathered by Matt & Lentil ed Published by PLUM. Rrp. $45 A potato half barrel is a really fun and easy way to grow over 50 kg of potatoes on less than 1 m2. It doesn’t have to

Rounding Up the Facts on Glyphosate

  The use of the weed killer glysophate (common brand name, Round Up) is going to become a major battle. Yes it works, and yes it is a serious poison. But does it cause cancer? The debate is only beginning,