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4 tips for seed sowing

A nice way to welcome spring is to sow some seeds. Look for your favourite flower or vegie seed packets, or pull out the seeds you collected last year from your garden, and start sowing. Here are a few tips to get your babies off to the best start.  As a general rule of thumb, sow big seeds deeper … Continue reading 4 tips for seed sowing

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Spring clean your garden

To make space for all these new seedlings, take a step back, put on your ‘design hat’ and review your garden. Does it need a spring clean and a declutter? Gardens are like living sculptures, where plants, shrubs and trees have a habit of growing bigger, wider, thicker than you thought they would. When gardens … Continue reading Spring clean your garden

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Level your lawn

All lawns settle over time and develop a few dips and undulations. A nice level surface reduces the risk of tripping or twisting an ankle. Here’s how to aerate and top-dress your lawn for a flatter finish. Give it a fairly short haircut, then use a garden fork to aerate any areas of compaction or … Continue reading Level your lawn

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Rev up your soil

Okay, so any tropical gardeners out there are already planting out vegies, vines, shrubs, and so on for spring, while subtropical gardeners are only weeks away from doing the same, but the rest of you are lingering by the heater, waiting for the soil to warm up. Instead of kicking back, you can get cracking … Continue reading Rev up your soil

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Spring into blossom season

We all love the gorgeous blossom on cherry, apricot, plum, and other trees of the Prunus genus. Many gardeners grow these because they want the fruit that follows, but others choose purely ornamental varieties for their blossom alone. If this appeals to you, check out our pick of cultivars. Prunus ‘Shirotae’ or ‘Mt Fuji’ (flowering … Continue reading Spring into blossom season

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What am I?

I live in the dark, covered in leaf litter. All I eat is fungus. I am rarely seen by humans, but when I am, my most distinctive feature is a tiny, lantern-like red flower. No one is quite sure where to put me in the taxonomic table, but for now I am classified as a … Continue reading What am I?

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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?