How to...

Filter further
How to: grow kirengoshoma

How to: grow kirengoshoma

Michael McCoy spills the beans on one of the cool climate, autumn-flowering gems that turn temperate gardeners green with envy.

Read More
How to: grow lilies

How to: grow lilies

For wow factor in the summer garden it’s hard to go past lilies, and a new bunch of liliums is now opening bold big blooms across the country. 

Read More
How to: grow mushrooms

How to: grow mushrooms

Button mushrooms are easy to grow at home.

Read More
How to: grow polyanthus

How to: grow polyanthus

Our flower of choice for winter colour this year is polyanthus (Primula x polyantha). Usually brushed aside for the showier primulas, poppies, pansies or cyclamen, we think they deserve attention for their vibrant, happy colours and sterling resilience.

Read More
How to: grow snowdrops

How to: grow snowdrops

The true snowdrop is a delicate pearly bell only suited to cool climates. Michael McCoy is a fan.

Read More
How to: grow sprouts

How to: grow sprouts

Skye, Eden and Isla are growing their own sprouts to add to sandwiches and salads. 

Read More
How to: grow stepover apples

How to: grow stepover apples

Bob Magnus (owner of Woodbridge, Tasmania) sells four different varieties of apples grafted onto extra-dwarf rootstock. These trees are designed to grow as a one-metre-high hedge. They are pretty and productive in an edible or ornamental garden. Choose all four for many months of fresh apples. Here’s how Bob recommends growing apples as a stepover.

Read More
How to: grow strawberries from seed

How to: grow strawberries from seed

Strawberry seed packet holds well over 100 seeds and with a recommended retail price of $3.50 its the most economical way to grow your strawberries. 

Read More
How to: grow tulips

How to: grow tulips

Find some time this summer holiday to create a wonderful picture of tulips. 

Read More
How to: grow your own ratatouille

How to: grow your own ratatouille

Ratatouille will convert the most meat-loving individual into a vegetarian – if only for one night! It was originally a common dish, prepared in the summer with fresh summer vegetables.

Read More
How to: herb feast

How to: herb feast

Skye, Eden and Isla love to collect fresh herbs from the garden to add to dinner. Herbs are easy to grow: a perfectly delicious project for the summer holidays.

Read More
How to: keep chickens

How to: keep chickens

Chickens are endearing and easy pets to keep. And they provide free nutritious fertiliser for your garden, eat your kitchen scraps and deliver delicious free-range eggs for years to come!

Read More
How to: keep native bees

How to: keep native bees

Every weekend people call us on the Garden Clinic radio show on 2GB complaining of poor yields in their vegetable garden due to lack of pollination. One answer? Follow Matthew Carroll’s lead and keep native bees.

Read More
How to: lay a lawn

How to: lay a lawn

Did you know? The average turf backyard captures carbon and produces enough oxygen for a family of four?

Read More
How to: lush the lawn

How to: lush the lawn

Come the warmer weather and the lawn needs a makeover! Follow these simple steps to grow the lush green carpet of grass you’ve always wanted.

Read More
How to: lush the lawn

How to: lush the lawn

Strong healthy lawns cope better in winter, stay greener longer and out-compete weeds. Here’s our autumn checklist for lush lawns.


Read More
How to: make a flowering barrow

How to: make a flowering barrow

Eden, Isla and Skye have planted up a hot pink wheelbarrow to add dazzle to the back garden. It can easily be shifted to give the best view from indoors, or to catch the most sun. Let your imagination go wild!

Read More
How to: make a garden bridge

How to: make a garden bridge

While most of us don’t have a lake, our gardens may still benefit by a bridge used to link different sections across a ‘stream’ of garden bed, or dry creek of stones.

Read More
How to: make a garden in a glass

How to: make a garden in a glass

Bottle gardens or terrariums are mini plant worlds to enjoy indoors. 

Read More
How to: make a garden-grown smoothie

How to: make a garden-grown smoothie

How do we get through all the greens we grow in the garden? We drink armfuls of them – as a green smoothie for lunch a few times a week. Call it a Ross family secret for more energy and verve! 

Read More
How to: make a labyrinth

How to: make a labyrinth

Michael Stevens, a paediatric oncologist at the Children’s Hospital, Westmead, in Sydney, hopes to have a labyrinth built in the grounds of the hospital for the use of patients and their families. He says a labyrinth is a perfect tool for meditation, and he has been so convincing enough a site for one is being negotiated.

Read More
How to: make a painted succulent bowl

How to: make a painted succulent bowl

Succulents can survive long periods of dry weather so they are great plants for people who forget to water! Isla paints up a pot to match a succulent selection.

Read More
How to: make a spiral topiary

How to: make a spiral topiary

A spiral topiary makes just as good a focal point in a small domestic garden as it does in grand gardens like the one shown here. 

Read More
How to: make a strawberry pot

How to: make a strawberry pot

Isla is looking forward to picking sweet fresh strawberries to eat with ice cream this summer. Follow her tips for your own homegrown dessert!

Read More
How to: make a summer vegetable tepee

How to: make a summer vegetable tepee

For space saving nothing beats a tepee! A single structure will provide 36kg of cherry tomatoes, cucumber and green beans over a 3 month stretch.

Read More
How to: make a sweet pea tepee

How to: make a sweet pea tepee

Isla is planning ahead by planting up a tepee of sweet peas. Come spring it will be a towering cone of sweet-smelling pretty flowers.

Read More
How to: make a terrarium

How to: make a terrarium

Bring the fun indoors this winter with a miniature fern garden for the coffee table. Linda Ross tells how it’s done.

Read More
How to: make a wreath

How to: make a wreath

A Christmas wreath made with flowers and foliage from your own garden beats the dazzle of commercial baubles and tinsel

Read More
How to: make comfrey tea

How to: make comfrey tea

This home-grown fertiliser contains more potash, and more nitrogen, than commercial feeds, and costs only the price of a bucket and its water. Your vegetables will love it, especially your tomatoes.

Read More
How to: make fruit ice-blocks

How to: make fruit ice-blocks

When it’s sweltering outside and the kids need some cool relief, homemade fruity ice-blocks are the answer. When they’ve been demolished, ask the children to help make a new batch, ready for the next hot afternoon.

Read More
How to: make 'Grassy Heads'

How to: make 'Grassy Heads'

Kids can make their own grass head person or maybe even a monster to scare friends and parents!

Read More
How to: make heart-shaped topiary

How to: make heart-shaped topiary

Topiary is the garden art of trimming plants into shapes. You can make geometric shapes like balls or cones, and animal shapes like peacocks or chickens - even elephants! Isla decided on a heart for her topiary treasure.

Read More
How to: make living art

How to: make living art

Eden, Isla and Skye create cool living sculptures from plants that live on air.

 

Read More
How to: make moss art

How to: make moss art

Graffiti is so much more appealing when it’s green! Toronto is the home of moss graffiti but we think it’s worth bringing home. In fact when we posted about moss wall art our Facebook friends were thrilled. In case you missed that, here’s how to do it.

Read More
How to: make pistou

How to: make pistou

The difference between a pistou and a pesto is pine nuts. The Italians use them, and the French (who took up the basil and garlic paste when Italian migrants moved into Provence in the 19th century) don’t. Typically a pistou is served with a soup made from summer vegetables and white beans.

Read More
How to: Make Potting Mix

How to: Make Potting Mix

Plants in pots need the right nutrients, water, air and a quality potting mix to live happily ever after.

Read More
How to: make rose petal jam

How to: make rose petal jam

Life’s good when we stop to smell the roses; and even better when we stop to eat them! Scones fresh from the oven, spread with fragrant rose petal jam and cream, and shared with friends in the garden: what could be finer! 

Read More
How to: make rosella jam

How to: make rosella jam

Rosella is a fascinating member of the hibiscus family grown for its delicious calyx which makes irresistible jam. Linda Ross tells how it’s done.

Read More
How to: make sweet chilli jam

How to: make sweet chilli jam

This recipe is easy to increase to meet your chilli surplus. Every year I team up with my father-in-law for our Chilli Jam Day - We turn six kilograms of chilli into 25 jars of delicious ruby-red sticky jam. 

Read More
How to: make tabouli

How to: make tabouli

I like a tabouli that is mostly green with herbs, not beige with grains, but you can adjust the balance to suit your own palate. Serve it with lamb backstraps that have been rubbed with ground cumin, olive oil and salt then barbecued. Add a dollop of yoghurt or baba ganoush for a sensational late summer meal.

Read More
How to: make the most of mint

How to: make the most of mint

The zingy freshness of mint smells of summer. It adds life and lightness to salads, both sweet and savoury and is indispensable in any number of summer cocktails and mocktails.

Read More
How to: make tomato ketchup

How to: make tomato ketchup

Try this ketchup just once and you and the kids will never go back to shop-bought again. Spice it up with chilli or smoked paprika if you like. The recipe makes six 250ml jars.If you are cooking to share with friends and consume within weeks there is no need to heat process the sauce, but if you’d like to store the ketchup for up to two years, you need to protect against bacterial growth by heat-processing


Read More
How to: make up a Magic Mix

How to: make up a Magic Mix

At a Garden Clinic class held at Honeysuckle Nursery in Mosman we wondered aloud at all the plants bursting with health and vitality, with shiny, glossy leaves and so much energy they seemed about to leap off the shelves. The answer? This Magic Mix!

Read More
How to: make vegetable stock

How to: make vegetable stock

If you planted out root vegetables in early autumn you’ll be harvesting them now. While roots make great side dishes for whatever you’re cooking for dinner, your home-grown produce also makes the best stock. 

Read More
How to: mix the best salad dressings

How to: mix the best salad dressings

Dress summer salads fresh from the garden in something new. We asked three of our favourite cooks to share their best-ever dressing.

Read More
How to: overhaul your irrigation system

How to: overhaul your irrigation system

Here's how to give your irrigation system a once over.

Read More
How to: pickle olives

How to: pickle olives

Olives are one of those foods that conjure a sense of awe about the culinary curiosity of our forebears. Now is the time to make like the ancients and soak down olives for enjoying over winter. 

Read More
How to: plant a deciduous tree

How to: plant a deciduous tree

Never grown a deciduous fruit tree? Now’s the time!

Read More
How to: plant bare-rooted plants

How to: plant bare-rooted plants

In winter trees and roses are often sold ‘bare-rooted’. They are simply a skeleton of stems, with the bare roots often wrapped in hessian or plastic for protection.

Read More
How to: plant propagation

How to: plant propagation

Want plants for free? Winter is the right time of year to take cuttings from established plants to create new ones. 

Read More