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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

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5 reliable leafy vegies

Now the heat of summer is behind us, it’s time to fill your vegie patch or pots with autumn and winter vegies. Leafy greens are high on the list of must-have edibles, and most of them thrive in pots as well as beds, particularly through the cooler months. Here are five dependable greens to plant … Continue reading 5 reliable leafy vegies

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Three great combos for a fabulous hanging basket

Ever been inspired by those flower-filled hanging baskets in Europe? Why not make one for yourself? Many colourful annuals struggle to perform well in baskets during our hot summers, but they thrive through the cooler months. Here are some plant combos to try. Cool and colourful A calming combination of commonly found winter annuals and … Continue reading Three great combos for a fabulous hanging basket

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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