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Beat the heat
Beat the heat!

If you know a heatwave is coming, you can take steps to avoid damage, but if you return home after a hot day to find a wilted and shrivelled garden, don’t despair – most plants are resilient enough to be revived. Here’s how to prepare (or repair!) your garden. To prepare Water plants thoroughly in … Continue reading Beat the heat!

Autumn bulbs to plant now
Autumn bulbs to plant now

Ask any gardener about flowering bulbs, and they’ll talk enthusiastically about tulips and daffodils, and their ilk. But there’s a wide range of autumn-blooming bulbs that are just as beautiful, and often more interesting. Back in their deep evolutionary past, these clever bulbs worked out that by dying down to a swollen base, they could … Continue reading Autumn bulbs to plant now

10 jobs to do in the patch in December
10 jobs to do in the patch in December

Summer is in full swing and it’s time to prepare before the holidays… and the heat! Here are 10 jobs you can get stuck into in your fruit or vegie garden this month. Arrange for a neighbour or friend to water your garden and harvest your patch if you’re going away on holiday Sow a … Continue reading 10 jobs to do in the patch in December

Celebrating 30 years of the magazine!
Celebrating 30 years of the magazine!

The TV show turned 30 a couple of years ago, and now it’s our turn to celebrate with our collector’s edition! Jane Edmanson was there for the first issue of the magazine, and she takes a look at how things have changed over the years. Then we time travel to 2051 to see what the … Continue reading Celebrating 30 years of the magazine!

10 gardening jobs to do in November
10 gardening jobs to do in November

Spring is turning into summer, and there’s lots to do to tidy up, maintain flowering or get new plants in. Here are 10 jobs you can get stuck into this month. Pick roses with long stems and bring them indoors to enjoy their fragrance and colour, and to encourage further blooming Check the mulch levels on your garden beds and pots, and top … Continue reading 10 gardening jobs to do in November

How to train a climbing rose
How to train a climbing rose

We recently asked you to nominate your favourite plants and in this issue we reveal your top 30. While some heat-hardy plants made the top 10, it was hard to beat an old favourite: roses.  They’re loved by so many because of their variety, from big, blousy fragrant roses, flower-smothered Floribundas and long-stemmed Hybrid Teas, to dainty single blooms, myriad species and old roses, … Continue reading How to train a climbing rose

seeds a no-show?
why didn’t my seeds come up?

Does this happen at your place? Seeds that you didn’t even know were there come sprouting out of the compost with incredible ease – capsicum, tomatoes, melons and those wild pumpkins – but the ones you sow yourself simply fail to cooperate! What can you do to change this? 1 First, it’s important to get … Continue reading why didn’t my seeds come up?