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Spring into blossom season

We all love the gorgeous blossom on cherry, apricot, plum, and other trees of the Prunus genus. Many gardeners grow these because they want the fruit that follows, but others choose purely ornamental varieties for their blossom alone. If this appeals to you, check out our pick of cultivars. Prunus ‘Shirotae’ or ‘Mt Fuji’ (flowering … Continue reading Spring into blossom season

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What am I?

I live in the dark, covered in leaf litter. All I eat is fungus. I am rarely seen by humans, but when I am, my most distinctive feature is a tiny, lantern-like red flower. No one is quite sure where to put me in the taxonomic table, but for now I am classified as a … Continue reading What am I?

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Can you grow new fruit from old?

Can you grow new fruit from old? The answer is yes – sometimes. You can try planting seeds from your mealtime mangoes, avocados, peaches, tomatoes and more kitchen offcuts to grow new plants. The reality is, in many cases, it can take some time to get a crop – but it’s a lot of fun. … Continue reading Can you grow new fruit from old?

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4 ways to pamper your fruit trees

Fruit trees will repay some seasonal love and attention, so give them the full treatment, with a good haircut, protection from the cold and a general spruce-up. Pamper them now and they’ll be healthier, stronger and more resistant to pests and diseases. Our four-step guide will reinvigorate your orchard. Pruning A good time to give … Continue reading 4 ways to pamper your fruit trees

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Garden sins and misdemeanours

Do you tease your plants with a daily spray of the hose instead of periodic deep watering? Or give in to the impulse to buy a pretty plant when no well-dug and composted hole awaits it at home? Which crimes are you game to ’fess up to?! Plantslaughter “A negligent act that leads to plant … Continue reading Garden sins and misdemeanours

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Let’s get physical!

Now that the weather is cooling down, it’s time roll up your sleeves and get stuck into some of those more demanding jobs that you put off over the warmer months. If you are looking for inspiration, here are some ideas to get you started. design and install raised beds in the vegie garden shovel … Continue reading Let’s get physical!

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Trend report

The annual Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show (MIFGS) is the place where top designers and growers from across the country converge to celebrate their talents and show off what’s hot in Australian horticulture. Here’s what we saw trending in contemporary garden design. While the paving and pavilions were still present, plants took centre stage … Continue reading Trend report