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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.

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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.

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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


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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!

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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. 

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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.

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How to: overhaul your irrigation system

How to: overhaul your irrigation system

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

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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. 

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How to: plant a deciduous tree

How to: plant a deciduous tree

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

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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.

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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. 

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How to: preserve lemons

How to: preserve lemons

Winter’s gorgeous harvest of lemons offers steaming lemon delicious puddings, and zesty additions to juices, stews, and salad dressings. But to really extend the glory of the harvest, try preserving the lemons in salt to use for the rest of the year.

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How to: press flowers

How to: press flowers

Isla and her friends Abbey and Elise chose some of spring’s prettiest blooms to press and turn into cards for Christmas.

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How to: propagate begonias

How to: propagate begonias

You don’t often see these plants for sale in commercial nurseries, so the best way to introduce them into your garden is to find a friend who is willing to share, and practice your propagation skills.

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How to: propagate hibiscus

How to: propagate hibiscus

Many of the most exciting hibiscus are found in gardens rather than in garden centres, so it’s handy to know how to propagate your own plants.

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How to: protect against fruit fly

How to: protect against fruit fly

The most feared pest of the fruit and vegetable grower is the Queensland fruit fly (Bactrocera tryoni). Hard work turns to horror when fruit is full of fruit fly grubs. Follow these tips to ensure that cutting open your home-grown treasure is thrilling rather than chilling.

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How to: prune a cloud topiary

How to: prune a cloud topiary

After decades of admiring beautiful specimens of cloud-pruned trees in China and Japan, I finally decided to create my own cloud topiary. When our editors discovered what I’d done they asked me to write about it. 

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How to: prune angels trumpet

How to: prune angels trumpet

Angels trumpets (brugmansia) are native to the subtropical forests of Brazil and Chile. There they grow beneath other trees in an unruly and tangled mess of branches, illuminated by those sensational flowers. 

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How to: prune climbing roses

How to: prune climbing roses

The first thing to know about pruning climbing roses is not to do it in winter when you do your other roses. Here Robin Powell shares some of her other climbing rose insites

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How to: rejuvenate the lawn

How to: rejuvenate the lawn

It’s time to refresh tired, stressed turf and transform it into lush, green lawn. 

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How to: remove rose suckers

How to: remove rose suckers

Rose suckers can overtake a precious rose if you don’t act early. Sandra Ross explains how to identify and remove them.

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How to: repair a patchy lawn

How to: repair a patchy lawn

Autumn is a great time to oversow a balding lawn, grown patchy from the extremes of summer weather - and holiday entertaining!

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How to: rid the lawn of pests

How to: rid the lawn of pests

Keep an eye out for the following invaders of your lawn to keep it in tiptop condition this summer.

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How to: save your garden when off on holidays

How to: save your garden when off on holidays

We’re all going on a summer holiday - and the garden is staying behind! But with a little forward planning your garden can be just as lovely when you return as it was before you left.

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How to: say 'Holidays!' with flowers

How to: say 'Holidays!' with flowers

In the dictionaries of florigraphy there are floral choices for expressing emotions as complex as a tepid affection (daffodils!) and appreciation of loyalty (violets) but there is no floral choice expressing the sentiment ‘Yay it’s holiday time!’ To redress the lack, here’s our choice of the top 5 flowers that wave happy holiday flags though summer.

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How to: scare birds

How to: scare birds

This autumn don’t lose your precious fruit harvest to the birds. These are our favourite – proven! – techniques.

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How to: set up a hen house

How to: set up a hen house

Thinking about keeping chooks? Good plan. But before you put in an order for fluffy little chickens, get the henhouse right. Whether you are choosing a ready-made option, or building your own from new or recycled materials, here’s what you need to know to create a happy home for your hens.


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How to: set up a worm farm

How to: set up a worm farm

Linda caught up with some school students using the power of the worm to decrease their waste, increase their vegetable harvest and raise money for their school. Here she shares some tips on worm farming.

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How to: shade veg

How to: shade veg

Making shade on extremely hot days is important for vegie plant health. 

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How to: sharpen the pruners

How to: sharpen the pruners

A good crisp cut is one of the joys of pruning. Blunt tools not only deprive you of this simple pleasure but do a poor job and damage your plants. 

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How to: soften a driveway

How to: soften a driveway

Driveways are a necessary practicality for most of us and all too often they are uninspiring. Clever plant choices can bring the area back to life, softening the look of all that concrete or brick and creating a space that really does welcome you home.

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How to: sow seeds

How to: sow seeds

Start planning in winter to sow seed for summer. There are two ways to raise vegetables from seed: sow them directly into the soil in which they are to grow; or raise them under cover in your house or greenhouse.

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How to: sow wildflowers

How to: sow wildflowers

Our bush wildflowers make a stunning display. Now is the time to sow wildflowers for a swathe of colour through your own garden.

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How to: stop snails invading precious pot plants

How to: stop snails invading precious pot plants

Keep both pets and snail-sensitive plants safe with these solutions.

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How to: Strike a Queen of the Night cutting

How to: Strike a Queen of the Night cutting

For stunning contrast of texture and form, huge repeat flowering and fragrance to die for there is nothing quite like the Queen of the Night orchid cactus, a plant that is as easy to propagate from cuttings as it is to grow.


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How to: style an ikebana

How to: style an ikebana

The key difference between an ikebana approach to flower arranging and a Western style is that in ikebana the focus is on line and space rather than mass. Instead of adding more flowers to make it look better, ikebana is about what can be taken away. The space between the elements is as important as the elements themselves.

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How to: take cuttings

How to: take cuttings

When you have an hour, take cuttings of favourite plants.

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How to: understand humates

How to: understand humates

Humates are prehistoric (20-50 million year old) decomposed organic matter, which is why they are sometimes referred to as ‘dinosaur compost’. They are increasingly being used by gardeners as a soil additive - with impressive results. In fact you may already be using humates on your garden as they are a component in many high-quality fertilisers.

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How to: use coconut peat

How to: use coconut peat

Need a lightweight, easily stored, highly effective potting medium? Look no further than this byproduct of coconut production, which has advantages for plants as well as gardners.

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How to: use edible flowers

How to: use edible flowers

Eating flowers sounds exotic but in fact we do it all the time. Some are disguised, like saffron, which is the dried stigma of the crocus flower; others are obvious, like the gold flowers of zucchini.

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How to: use lemon verbena

How to: use lemon verbena

This herb is loved by cooks for the fragrant citrus scent of its leaves, which at this time of year are fresh and soft. One bonus of adding lemon verbena to everything you can think of – the more you use the better it looks! Robin Powell shares a few ideas.

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How to: use plants to deter pests

How to: use plants to deter pests

Strongly scented herbs planted throughout the garden help put flying insects off their food – whether that’s your treasured plant, food crop, or body!


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How to: use seaweed

How to: use seaweed

Seaweed is a versatile natural resource that does great work in the garden. We use it on a fortnightly basis to keep plants healthy. 

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How to: use water wisely

As the cost of water goes up, gardeners are looking for smart ways of making the most of this precious resource.

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How to: use your herb harvest

As the growing season draws to a close, our herb gardens are blousy with late summer growth.

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How to: use your pea harvest

Peas are one of those crops that can make the home gardener feel smugly self-satisfied because they taste so good fresh from the garden.

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In The Subtropical Garden: August

In The Subtropical Garden: August

Late winter can be a very productive time in the Subtropical garden. Our resident tropical garden expert Arno King has all the tips and tricks, jobs and things to watch out for this August in the subtropical north.

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In The Subtropical Garden: June

In The Subtropical Garden: June

Milder temps, light and infrequent rains and glorious sunshine is par for the course in the subtropical garden. Our resident tropical garden expert Arno King has all the tips and tricks, and the best thinks to plant this June in the subtropical garden.

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In The Subtropical Garden: Spring

In The Subtropical Garden: Spring

Things are heating up in the subtropical garden, and the humidity is just around the corner. Our resident tropical garden expert Arno King has all the tips and tricks, and the best thinks to plant this Spetember in the subtropical garden.

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It’s time to: Temperate Gardens in March

It’s time to: Temperate Gardens in March

With the onset of cooler conditions we're planting, dividing and feeding up the autumn garden in March Elizabeth Swane has many more jobs for you to do now to get your temperate zone garden ready for Autumn

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