Yearly Archive: 2011

A One Step Plan to start your successful year in the garden in 2012

December 30, 2011 TOP TIPS Happy New Year to you and your garden What’s the one thing you NEED to do to improve your garden in 2010. Write it down the promise yourself that no matter what this ONE THING WILL GET FIXED Start a garden scrapbook and list the things you would like in your garden Cut...
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Party by The Pool

December 16, 2011 TOP TIPS Life is a garden Pools can be challenging places for plants Avoid plants that have lots of big flowers and fruits that shed a lot of material into your pool The ouch factor is very important to avoid Plants with invasive roots can damage your pool so keep them well away Choose plants...
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Spring to It

October 21, 2011 Go for a ride this weekend and enjoy the spring gardens Ceanothus are large shrubs thatr cover themselves in blue flowers Echium Candicans have large blue purple or pink spectacular flower spikes Echium Cobalt tower is a really dramatic plant worth a look Dead head and pinch out flower spikes as they finish to encourage...
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Great Weather For a Garden Party

October 14, 2011 TOP TIPS This sparkling spring weather is just perfect for a garden party. Tidy up your garden in small bites rather than let it get out of hand. It’s time to get stuck into planting with magnificent moisture in the soil. Get outside and enjoy all the spring blossoms and you’ll get some Vitamin D...
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Hey Kids Here’s How to Get Movie Tickets

October 3, 2011 TOP TIPS Hey kids get your parents to get you movie tickets if you get out and do some weeding. Feed gardens and lawns now with organic fertiliser. Make sure you buy plants with healthy root systems before you plant them. Tidy up spring flowering shrubs and natives as flowers finish. Control pests and weeds which...
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Purple Patch

September 30, 2011 TOP TIPS Aussie Mediterranean is a wonderful blend of plants for our climate. Lavender and catmint are both members of the aromatic mint family. Catmint is undervalued it smells great flowers fabulously and loves hot and dry in summer. Lavender is at home in almost every garden style. Lavender is dry tolerant – who says...
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Spring

September 5, 2011 TOP TIPS Enjoy spring it’s a magic time in the garden. If you are getting back into gardening after a break, start slow and build up. Smother weeds with a blenket of mulch and deal with what comes through. Weedmat will make weeding more difficult. Spray problem areas with glyphosaate to get them under control....
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Spring to It

August 26, 2011 TOP TIPS Prune your roses and feed them. Plant any bare rooted trees, shrubs and roses now before roots develop. Get rid of weeds and mulch garden beds. Open up your soil so rain can soak down deep. Prune and fertilise citrus. Fertilise all your flowering plants and give your lawn a light feed so...
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Fertiliser to Burn

August 5, 2011 TOP TIPS Wood fires keep us warm and the ash has many uses in the garden. Use the charcoal to restart your next fire. Make orchid mix using large charcoal and pine bark. Wood ash barrier around garden beds will deter slimey snails. Wood ash also deters pear and cherry slug  – just keep it...
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Pruning Bears Fruit

July 29, 2011 TOP TIPS Fruit trees and vines can be pruned anytime. Hard prune newly planted apple and pear trees to about six buds Thin fruiting spurs on older trees to around 10cm apart. Small gardens can enjoy fruit trees, just shape them to size. In larger gardens you can achieve traditional vase shape trees Remember the...
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