Garden Clinic Blog
Keep in touch with what we're doing, there's always something going on. Our team has been busy gathering interesting, helpful and exciting stories for you to enjoy. Seasonal inspiration from our garden to yours.
Spring is perfect time to plant a citrus tree; lemon, lime, orange and mandarin. Not only do they look beautiful – with glossy green leaves, gorgeously fragrant spring blossom and winter fruit in warming colours that glow in winter light, but they also taste great.Read More
For 200 years, fresh beans have been the second most popular home-grown
vegetable in Australian gardens (after tomatoes). With low calories,
lots of protein, fibre, and packed with vitamin C, A and K,
beta-carotene, folate and potassium. But the best bit? There are
varieties for every situation.
The mauve mantel of Jacaranda, the best-recognised of three late spring flowering trees, has been cast over our world. Jacaranda flowers so well in our latitude that many people think it’s a native plant. But that honour isn't ours!
October / November is the perfect time to propagate frangipani cuttings. It coincides with the ideal time to prune frangipani. We pruned our huge 20-year-old pink frangipani early October to allow access for people to walk under it. All pruning wood was made into cuttings.Read More
You have to stay up late to enjoy the opening of the Queen Of The Night cactus, it flowers between dusk and dawn. But other orchid cactus flower during the day and can be grown in a basket producing masses of cascading flower all through late spring.Read More
Are you a new gardener and inspired to start a vegetable patch, but don’t know where to start? There are five steps to consider when starting a patch from scratch. Position, garden bed construction, crop rotation, soil preparation, and feeding. Get this combination right and you'll be harvesting a bumper crop in no timeRead More
It’s all about pruning this week as flowers fade. Spring flowering shrubs should be pruned as soon as flowers finish. This allows the plant to make new growth which will flower again next year. If you delay pruning, your plant will not have time to regrow the flowering wood for next year’s flowers.Read More
We are taking the advice of Tony Matson from Cutabove Tools at our recent Garden Clinic class. Sharp and clean tools make gardening so much easier.
It’s time to get those unruly roses under control. Spring is all about emerging rose buds. With some prior planning you can give your roses the best shot at a spectacular flowering season. Sandra Ross shares the 5 things you need to know to make them happy, healthy, fragrant and fabulous.Read More
As fruit and vegetables begin to ripen all sorts of vandals lay claim. Ripening fruit can act as a beacon for birds and lizards in particular, so we put our minds to building protective barriers that let the sunshine in while keeping the rascals out!Read More
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 strawberries at the end of winter. Strawberries are growing well and already producing flowers and fruit.Read More
This week in the vegie patch we're thinking about beans and when to plant them. It's a good
idea to wait until temperatures are reliably warm before sowing beans, so a few more weeks should do it. Meanwhile you can build your sturdy trellis
to support them, as beans can get heavy once they are in full growth.
Broad beans are so tasty, and so nutritious! It’s one vegetable you should try. Watch them closely at this time as the flowers are setting pods, for aphid attack. We sprayed our crop with Yates Nature’s Way (ready to use) garlic and pyrethrum spray.Read More
Plant an avocado; better still plant two for better pollination rates and more fruit. Given the correct growing conditions these trees will bear heavy crops in three years. Mature trees can be affected by excessive rain and by hot and dry wind, especially at flowering and fruit set.Read More
There has been a revolution in the breeding of ranunculus. ‘Renaissance’ Ranunculus is a triumph with high quality, long lasting, consistent doubles in a range of colours. Up to ten flowers will open from a single tuber (bulb), and they are double from start to the finish. ‘Picasso’ is another fully double variety with a black centre and producing up to 10 blooms from each tuber.
Alan Jackson is crazy about maples! His nursery, Maple Springs is in Little Hartley where he propagates, grafts and grows 250 species of maple. Over the last 25 years he has designed and created Gory’u Japanese garden (which featured in the spring issue of the Garden Clinic Magazine). Alan is jumping out his skin with excitement as his maples burst into fresh new leaf. Click here to read our story.Read More
Hibiscus bring a glorious taste of the tropics to a warm frost-free garden. This week is your last chance to prune them. As they flower on new wood, the harder you prune, the more new growth is produced and the more flowers. Hibiscus are hungry so feed them every six weeks with either Sudden Impact for Roses (Neutrog) or Black Marvel Rose Food (Richgro) and water it in with a seaweed solution.Read More
The passionfruit vine is a vigorous, climbing plant with deep green leaves and fragrant, delicate, purple to white flowers with a distinctive corona. The vines are sensitive to frost and the fruit matures to a deep red colour and contains a sweet, juicy, orange edible pulp.Read More
We have been growing this exotic-looking bulb for three years. Hippeastrum is also known as Amaryllis. We started with one and now we have approximately 10 bulbs in five clumps. It comes from the tropical forests of Brazil and grows easily in a frost-free climate.Read More
Have you tried growing tomatoes only to lose your crop to fruit fly. Then we have the solution –Tim’s fruit fly resistant tomato and you’ll have genetic
protection against fruit fly.
The structures are built! The soil is powered up! The
agricultural pipes are in place. Now the temperature is
right to plant tomatoes.
There are 365 species and 100 subspecies of grevillea, making grevillea the third largest genus in Australia. Many species attract birds into the garden as they produce huge quantities of nectar. They are so many different colours, shapes and sizes and they flower for such an extended period of time, there's so many reasons to grow them.
We are feeding our potted strawberries with Rocket Fuel (Neutrog) and watering with Harvest seaweed (Amgrow). Remember to water the soil, not the leaves,
with a seaweed solution every two weeks.
In flower now with huge goblet-shaped blooms that burst from furry grey buds on bare branches. This is their charm; no leaves, just grey bubs and branches and glowing flowers. There are some incredibly beautiful hybrids available in your local nursery. Choose one now while they are flowering.Read More
It’s a masterwork in plant breeding! Depth of colour and incredible vigour makes this anemone outstanding. Deep purple and bleeding into a blue centre with black stamens, its dramatic as a cut flower and no wonder the florists love it.Read More
Many vegetable gardeners believe that the date to start planting cool season crops is on the first day of winter. Big mistake.Read More
Camellias make fine potted plants but you need to choose wide pots, not too deep, to accommodate their shallow root systems. Choose the varieties suited to pot culture with compact root systems. Bring them centre stage while they flower then tuck them away somewhere cool for the summer.Read More
This week we have a huge pack of 25 lilies to plant in the garden and in pots. Lily bulbs are one of the most rewarding bulbs to grow with a scent, scale and drama that’s hard to beat in the flower world. Lilies will flower and look gorgeous year after year after year. The pack includes 25 Lily bulbs, Seasol’s Powerfeed, Amgrow’s Harvest and Scotts’ Osmocote. All this plus a Platinum membership, but best get in quick. Stocks are limited.Read More
Do you know John Williamsons’ song … Cootamundra Wattle?
“Hey it’s July and the winter sun is shining. And the Cootamundra
wattle is my friend”. Worth looking up on YouTube; one of his
best songs. We call him the ‘Living Lawson’.
There are many beautiful forms of wattle, but this one, Acacia
baileyana ‘Goldilocks’ is well worth growing.