From blueberries to bush foods, roses to perennials, the May issue has you covered, whatever your gardening passion. And if you are really a passionate gardener, think about entering the Gardener of the Year competition, which kicks off this month.
How to buy a rose
Bare-rooted and dormant, or in full leaf and flower? Grafted or growing on its own roots? Roses come in different guises, but what does it mean and does it change how you care for them?
They’re healthy and delicious, but expensive to buy, so why not plant some bushes at home? They thrive in cold areas and many warm coastal areas, too, thanks to low-chill varieties. Check out five of the best varieties for home gardens, and tips for a top crop.
This leafy vegie should be on every gardener’s hit list. It’s dead easy to grow, and can be used in everything from juices to stir-fries to pies or quiches. One cup of chopped kale has more vitamin C than a medium orange. Eat up!
How to set up a home orchard
In this extract from her new book, Sophie Thomson details how she planned and planted her home orchard to provide fruit throughout the year, and the trials and tribulations experienced so far.
If you’re looking for a cool climate tree with year-round interest, you can’t go far wrong with a crabapple. Pretty blossom, decorative and tasty fruit, and beautiful autumn colour are all wrapped up in a medium-sized package.
The botanical larder of Australian bush foods delivers some terrific taste sensations for the pot. You may be surprised to learn, for example, that the succulent pigface you spy at the beach has sweet, strawberry-figgy fruit that can be eaten straight from the plant or turned into delicious jam or jelly.
Are you our next Gardener of the Year?
The Gardener of the Year competition is now open! You’ll find the official entry coupon in the May issue, and instructions on how to enter. This year, five state winners will receive a package of products and vouchers from Fleming’s Nurseries, Gardena and Quell, while the overall winner takes home the golden spade – and a travel voucher for $15,000 from tour company Collette! Get your entry together now.
Also in this issue
- A bumper Q&A section – gardeners have many questions, and we have the answers!
- Add some tropical elegance to your interiors with a queen of hearts plant
- Grow plectranthus for its striking flower and foliage colours
- Discover ways to turn rosehips into tea, sauce and soup
- Beating the heat – growing roses and cottage plants in hot, sandy Perth
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