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What’s wrong with my peace lily?
What’s wrong with my peace lily?

We have several peace lilies indoors with leaves that first brown at the tips, then the brown extends up the leaf with yellow margins. We are having the same problem with an anthurium. It makes them look quite tatty.  Why is this happening? A few factors can cause this. Dryness is one. If the potting … Continue reading What’s wrong with my peace lily?

10 jobs to do now in the patch
10 jobs to do now in the patch

Here are some of the fruits, vegies and herbs to get in the ground now, and tips to help you keep your edible plants thriving. Plant broad beans which enrich the soil with nitrogen, into beds depleted by summer tomatoes. Remove shrivelled, mummified fruit that’s still holding onto stems. Pot up a fruiting olive tree … Continue reading 10 jobs to do now in the patch

What should I prune now?
What should I prune now?

Pretty much any time is a good time for ‘incidental pruning’, when you notice a bit of dead material or a long, whippy stem. It’s also a useful way to touch base with what’s happening in the garden. More ‘proactive pruning’, however, requires a focused approach to encourage next season’s blooms or crops, or to … Continue reading What should I prune now?

Six solutions for shady spots
Six solutions for shady spots

Areas with low light, such as verandahs, underneath trees or narrow passages down the side of the house, don’t need to be dull and boring. Here are some easy ways to brighten up these challenging spots. Create a focal point by including an ornamental feature such as a sculpture, colourful container or birdbath that expresses … Continue reading Six solutions for shady spots

10 easy ways to minimise weeds
10 easy ways to minimise weeds

Keeping weeds under control can feel like an endless job, but there are clever ways of making lighter work of these pesky plants. Here are some top tips. Don’t ignore them or they’ll get out of control. Come up with a management plan and stick to it – 20 minutes once a week could be … Continue reading 10 easy ways to minimise weeds

Top 10 Jobs in the patch
Jobs in the patch

Autumn is action time in the food garden, so let’s get busy with these 10 top jobs. Tidy strawberry plants by removing any old leaves and unwanted runners then renew the mulch. Lift tomato plants in cold districts and hang the plants in a warm spot under cover to let the last tomatoes ripen. Prune … Continue reading Jobs in the patch

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