In This Issue

In this issue - March 2018It’s time to plan your spring bulb display, get a vegie garden going, lay a fresh lawn, repair an old one, and sort out your fertilising regime. Welcome to the official start of autumn.

Warm-climate bulbs

Yearning for bulbs but live in a hot climate? You can still have them, but choose ones that relish the heat: show-stopping hippeastrums, or pretty zephyranthes, or try a hymenocallis with a difference from the Andes, grown for its large blooms and heady fragrance after rain. Tropical specialist Arno King shares expert tips for coordinating the colour palette, creating a drift in lawn, working into a mixed planting, or potting up a diva display.

Lawn you can love

In the market for a new lawn? This complete guide helps you choose a variety to suit your site, even if you’re dealing with shade, salt splash, cold or wet conditions. Deryn Thorpe supplies expert tips for getting the lawn going, and Phil Dudman shows how to repair a damaged area in an established lawn.

Species tulips

The big, bold tulips so popular today have been bred from species tulips, the ones found in the wild. One great thing about the originals is they will multiply over the years, no lifting required! They also need little pampering. Michael McCoy writes lovingly about their special qualities, and ways for cool-climate gardeners to work them into their display.

Juicy oranges

Having grown up on a citrus farm, Jane Edmanson has lived and breathed the seasonal cycle of an orange tree. Her growing guide will help you produce the best fruit, whether it’s a Navel, a Valencia, a heritage Hamlin or a luscious blood orange.

Leaves you can eat

Jackie French charts the changing fashions of the once humble garden herb, mint, used now in everything from tea to tabouli. And for more leafy flavour, check out the story on culinary tree herbs – bay tree, makrut, curry leaf and lemon myrtle.

Fertiliser dos & don’ts

Correct feeding of the right nutrients at the right time helps keep plants happy and productive.
Josh Byrne explains how to fertilise efficiently and effectively, without damaging run-off.

Meet the gardener

Pat Agg is 93 and has been feeding her family and friends for decades with produce from her Melbourne backyard. Take a peek over the fence at an inspiring fruit and vegie garden.

Also in this issue

  • Place indoor favourite Rhipsalis in a spot where it can let its hair down
  • Get an insight into the biodynamic farming of herbs and flowers
  • Make a delicious autumn cake based on figs and grapes
  • Learn how first aid measures for our pets are a lot like those for humans
  • Get cracking on some early autumn jobs with your monthly action Planner

 

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