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Tips for perfect lawn

Thinking of laying a new lawn? Here are five tips to get the best out of your turf. 1. Preparation Don’t dismiss the prep work; it’s key to a good lawn. Break up compacted earth, and keep it moist. Turf underlay mix is the best surface to put down before the lawn; buy it from a … Continue reading Tips for perfect lawn

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Five fruits you might not have thought of growing

Feijoa These small, egg-shaped fruits have a sweet, aromatic flesh with a flavour that hints of pineapple and mint. They grow on a very attractive small-leafed shrub which produces lots of pretty red flowers in summer. It’s very bushy and makes an excellent screen which can be easily maintained at 2–3m tall. Carambola It’s hard … Continue reading Five fruits you might not have thought of growing

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What not to do with palms

Too close Like the person in front of you in the supermarket queue, palms don’t like to be crowded. When planting, ensure they have enough room to really show off their fronds. If you don’t give them enough space, you end up with a crowded mess of leaves and the ground becomes matted with roots, … Continue reading What not to do with palms

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Greens for your girls

Just like humans, chickens need a balanced diet to keep them happy and healthy. So what can you grow to keep your feathered flock content? And maybe even sneak onto your own plate? By mixing up your poultry’s feed, you’re not only giving them a better diet, you’ll also receive higher quality eggs in return. … Continue reading Greens for your girls

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The night garden

With the nights still warm, the garden continues to be a pleasant place for a breather after the sun goes down. Make it really sing with some lights, flowers, action! How to transform your garden to shine at night… Mood lighting When lighting your garden, think of it as you would a room. Rather than … Continue reading The night garden

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Vegie patch makeover

As autumn edges closer, it’s the perfect time to give your vegie patch some love in preparation for winter crops. Here are five jobs to get started on. Pull up stumps As the summer crops finish, it’s time to be ruthless and pull them out to make way for planting your winter vegies. Compost, compost, … Continue reading Vegie patch makeover

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Confessions of a killer gardener

If you’re new to gardening, or still learning, here are some of the most common reasons why plants fail: Water – all plants need water to survive. Give them too little and they dry out; too much and they literally drown. Do your research on each plant’s water needs, then observe the moisture level in … Continue reading Confessions of a killer gardener