Gardening through the drought
Gardening through the drought

When water is scarce and the garden is brown, how do you keep the gardening spirit alive? You can’t make it rain, but there are little things you can do to keep your spirits up, and create a corner of colour and interest. Make a splash While all around is drab, brighten up your surroundings … Continue reading Gardening through the drought

Maidenhair ferns
Grow the perfect maidenhair fern

Maidenhair ferns have a reputation for being divas, and failing at the slightest provocation, but with the right care you can have happy, healthy plants. There are many species of maidenhair fern, but the one most commonly grown is Adiantum raddianum ‘Fragrans’. This beauty features lacy tufts of soft, lime-green foliage and smooth, black stalks. … Continue reading Grow the perfect maidenhair fern

Top 10 jobs in February
Top 10 gardening jobs this month

There’s lots to do around the garden at this time of year. Here’s a list of jobs to do now. Check azaleas for silvery marks on new leaves (a telltale sign of lacebug attack), and spray fortnightly with neem or horticultural oil. Trim gardenias, fertilise and water well, then top the soil with mulch. Divide … Continue reading Top 10 gardening jobs this month

Edible garden
Top 10 jobs for the edible garden

There’s plenty to do at this time of the year to keep your food plants happy. Here’s a list of jobs to do now. Remove and replant healthy strawberry runners that have developed baby plants at their tips. Prune and feed peach, nectarine and apricot trees as soon as you have finished harvesting them. Plant … Continue reading Top 10 jobs for the edible garden

Revive a hanging basket
Revive a hanging basket

Hanging baskets always suffer in the heat, and are hard to re-wet when they dry out. Following our fortnightly routine will help keep even your most delicate baskets happy and hydrated over summer. Pictured is a winter basket of scaevola, dichondra, plectranthus and viola. You’d swap out the viola for summer. 1 Start with some … Continue reading Revive a hanging basket

Too hot to garden
Gardening in the heat

Too hot to garden? Here are six of the essentials for gardening through an Aussie summer. Water early Do it first thing in the morning to hydrate plants in need before it gets too hot. If that doesn’t work for you, water in the cool of the late afternoon, but avoid wetting foliage, as water … Continue reading Gardening in the heat

Maintain established tomato vines

Vine tomatoes (indeterminate types) need regular maintenance, at least once a week, to stay healthy and give you a sizeable return of quality fruit. Phil Dudman demonstrates what to do. Remove all spotty and diseased leaves that are normally found on the lower parts of the vine, and put them in the rubbish bin, not … Continue reading Maintain established tomato vines