Q My usually prolific tomato plants have been a disaster this year, with all the leaves curling, browning, drooping and dying back. First, the Grosse Lisse, then the Burnley Surecrop and now the Romas have all succumbed. If it is verticillium wilt, how long will it persist in the soil? A In the pics you sent … Continue reading Q&A: What’s killing my tomatoes?
Has your soil been giving you a bit of pushback? You water, but it doesn’t seem to soak in? When conditions are dry, a waxy residue forms on soil particles, causing soils to become hydrophobic or water repellent. Even after a thorough watering, you can scratch the soil surface and find large dry patches below. … Continue reading How to fix dry soil
During autumn, nurseries and florists are well stocked with magnificent orchids in flower. Anyone who is already hooked on orchids is lapping it up, while others may be feeling unsure about taking home something that is so beautiful – and a bit expensive – and keeping it alive. But there’s no need to be shy. … Continue reading 3 types of orchids for autumn flowers
You can take it with you. Gardeners who change addresses quite often can still make their garden a special place, through clever selection of items that can be dismantled and moved. Decorative pots One or more beautiful big ceramic or concrete pots dramatically enhance a terrace or quiet seating area in the garden. They showcase large, dramatic … Continue reading Ideas for gardeners on the move
If your indoor plants are looking a bit tired, why not give them a summer respite outdoors? There are just two basic rules you’ll need to follow: don’t let them get sunburnt and remember to bring your plants inside before the weather turns cold. Find a nice cool, shaded spot and leave your indoor plants … Continue reading How to freshen up indoor plants
Yep, it’s been a sizzler so far. So, which plants are good choices to grow in pots through a hot summer? Here are five plants that can take the heat — a native, a succulent, a grass, a flowering ornamental and a fruit. And there are heaps more where they came from! Fan flower (Scaevola … Continue reading 5 tough pot plants for a hot summer
The most recent instalment of the ABC’s War on Waste campaign focused attention on plastics and the damage they do to our environment. Here are some ways to re-use and recycle plastic gardening materials and old garden tools. Continue reading Top recycling tips for gardeners