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Control cabbage caterpillars
Control cabbage caterpillars

If there’s one thing you can count on in the autumn vegie patch, it’s caterpillars getting into your cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower and other brassica crops. Here are some ways to prevent what we call the ‘brassica massacre’. Pick them off by hand Every caterpillar removed by hand means one less adult to lay the eggs … Continue reading Control cabbage caterpillars

Top 10 jobs to do now
Top 10 jobs to do now

March is often a time of seasonal change in the garden, and there’s heaps to get your teeth (or trowel!) into. Here’s a selection of jobs to focus on now. Prepare garden beds and pots for spring bulbs. Buy the bulbs as soon as you see them on sale, but don’t plant them until the … Continue reading Top 10 jobs to do now

Grow potted bulbs
Grow potted bulbs

Any bulb can be grown in a pot. It’s a good way to display the more expensive ones that you might only buy by the handful, such as hyacinth and tulip, as small groupings can get lost in a garden scheme. The same goes for dwarf bulbs, such as grape hyacinth and crocus. First, choose … Continue reading Grow potted bulbs

Give hedges a haircut sml
Give hedges a haircut

Now is the time to give your hedges a bit of TLC, with a trim to tidy up their summer growth, which will also thicken them up, as well as a boost of nutrients to help them thrive and a pest check to keep them healthy. Here’s what to do. Take out the shears or … Continue reading Give hedges a haircut

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Sow onions & leeks

It’s a tad too hot in February for sowing onions, leeks and green onions in the ground, but starting them in punnets will give them a head start until conditions are cool enough to plant them out. Here’s how. Single-cell punnets offer the easiest option to germinate the seed and grow seedlings on. Once they’re … Continue reading Sow onions & leeks

Top 10 jobs to do now Feb 2021 sml
Top 10 jobs to do now

There’s lots to do around the garden at this time of year. Here are some of the jobs that need to be taken care of this month. Give the roots of sunburnt plants a good soaking, but wait until autumn before trimming off damaged sections. Move hanging baskets into shaded spots where they are protected … Continue reading Top 10 jobs to do now

Top 10 jobs to do now - Jan
Top 10 jobs to do now

There’s plenty to keep you busy in the garden this month. Here’s a list of jobs to get you started. Plant a shade-creating wisteria or grapevine on a pergola to cool the western side of the house in summer. Put your potted Christmas tree outside in a shaded spot, then gradually move it into more … Continue reading Top 10 jobs to do now