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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

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Summer pruning

Here are some tips on what plants to target and how to prune them: Rampant vines need a regular cut back. Whenever you see a long, wandering stem obstructing your passageway or heading towards the guttering of your house, reach for the shears, secateurs or pole pruners. Cut them back to 5 or 6 buds … Continue reading Summer pruning

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Poultry in motion

Chickens are amazing recyclers of organic material, gobbling up food scraps as well as waste from the vegie patch and fruit trees – quickly turning it all into a valuable source of manure and nutrition for your soil. They make a meal of unwanted weeds too, whether you let them free range in your garden … Continue reading Poultry in motion

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Get busy making compost

Making compost is easy, but the more effort you put in, the quicker you will have compost to use in the garden. Taking the time to chop garden waste into smaller pieces helps it to decompose because it increases the surface area of the material. Moisture is important – the organisms that break down organic … Continue reading Get busy making compost

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Geranium care

Geraniums love sunlight, so find a spot that gets 5–6 hours of direct sun a day, preferably sheltered from afternoon sun. Their soil needs to be well drained. Clay soils are okay, but dig in plenty of compost, and mound the soil before planting to improve drainage. Geraniums also grow well in pots filled with … Continue reading Geranium care

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Bird magnets

Variety is the key. Birds use different plants for different reasons. Plants that have dense or prickly foliage, such as hakea, banksia and leptospermum, provide valuable shelter and protection, particularly for small birds, such as wrens and pardalotes. Grevilleas are rich in nectar and are excellent for attracting honeyeaters – and there are so many … Continue reading Bird magnets