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Zippy way to a few new zygos

Want to splash some colour in a shady corner for next to nothing? Zygocactus (Schlumbergera truncata) are well suited to pots and hanging baskets because they cope with periods of being dry. They are very easy to propagate as the weather warms up, so follow these steps. Take cuttings from your own plant or ask … Continue reading Zippy way to a few new zygos

Smarten up your deck

Is your timber deck in need of a spruce-up for summer? Our outdoor spaces are so important for enjoying the warm weather, so when family and friends descend on your house, make sure the deck is gleaming. Follow these tips to get ready for the foot traffic. Pressure wash or use a hard broom and … Continue reading Smarten up your deck

Feed me, feed me

Take a look around – it’s spring, so your plants should be growing before your very eyes! Some plants get hungrier than others, so act now. Before you feed, give the soil a good wetting, and follow up with regular watering to help transfer nutrients to the roots. Here are four types of plants to … Continue reading Feed me, feed me

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What’s hot in hardscaping?

There are so many materials now that make great paths, patios, driveways and feature spaces. Some, like stone or granite, come straight from the ground, while timber is milled from natural resources, and others are made to measure in the factory. Here’s what’s on trend this season. Natural timber Rather than sealing decks or wooden … Continue reading What’s hot in hardscaping?

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Bulb care after flowering

Massed bulb displays give everyone a lift in spring. But what do you do when the blooms begin to fade? In warm and temperate areas, which don’t experience cold winters or frost, bulbs left in the ground may get too hot, and can overheat and wither in the soil over summer. Equally, bulbs can rot … Continue reading Bulb care after flowering

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Divert greywater to the garden

Think of all the water that goes down the drain inside your house. Did you know that some of that greywater can be safely diverted out into the garden? It’s good for your pocket and good for the environment. Here are a few dos and don’ts for re-using greywater. Use only the best quality greywater … Continue reading Divert greywater to the garden

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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