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Can you grow new fruit from old?

Can you grow new fruit from old? The answer is yes – sometimes. You can try planting seeds from your mealtime mangoes, avocados, peaches, tomatoes and more kitchen offcuts to grow new plants. The reality is, in many cases, it can take some time to get a crop – but it’s a lot of fun. … Continue reading Can you grow new fruit from old?

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4 ways to pamper your fruit trees

Fruit trees will repay some seasonal love and attention, so give them the full treatment, with a good haircut, protection from the cold and a general spruce-up. Pamper them now and they’ll be healthier, stronger and more resistant to pests and diseases. Our four-step guide will reinvigorate your orchard. Pruning A good time to give … Continue reading 4 ways to pamper your fruit trees

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Garden sins and misdemeanours

Do you tease your plants with a daily spray of the hose instead of periodic deep watering? Or give in to the impulse to buy a pretty plant when no well-dug and composted hole awaits it at home? Which crimes are you game to ’fess up to?! Plantslaughter “A negligent act that leads to plant … Continue reading Garden sins and misdemeanours

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Let’s get physical!

Now that the weather is cooling down, it’s time roll up your sleeves and get stuck into some of those more demanding jobs that you put off over the warmer months. If you are looking for inspiration, here are some ideas to get you started. design and install raised beds in the vegie garden shovel … Continue reading Let’s get physical!

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Trend report

The annual Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show (MIFGS) is the place where top designers and growers from across the country converge to celebrate their talents and show off what’s hot in Australian horticulture. Here’s what we saw trending in contemporary garden design. While the paving and pavilions were still present, plants took centre stage … Continue reading Trend report

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It’s a real wild life

Did you know bees are most attracted to blue, pink or yellow blooms? Or that butterflies are partial to overripe fruit? As humans take over more of the natural environment, birds, bees, butterflies, lizards and many other creatures are looking for new homes. As a gardener, you can play your part in creating habitat and … Continue reading It’s a real wild life

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Five top roses for scent

Some say a rose just isn’t a rose unless it has a perfume. Won’t be long now before we start seeing lots of bare-rooted roses appearing at our garden centres. If you are thinking about buying a scented rose for your garden, check out these five top picks.   ‘Mr Lincoln’ A tall-growing, dark red … Continue reading Five top roses for scent