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How to: style balcony pots

How to: style balcony pots

To make a balcony feel like a garden it needs to surround you with plants. Somehow you have to get some plants up at eye level, and even above it. A small tree would be just the thing, but on most balconies a pot big enough to support a large plant is just too heavy once it’s filled with moist soil - and a tree! A more pragmatic approach is to arrange smaller pots at different levels. You need to get those pots up off the ground to really appreciate your balcony garden. Here are a few ideas.

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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 seaweed in the garden

How to: use seaweed in the garden

In their new book ‘Milkwood’, permaculture gardeners Kirsten Bradley and Nick Ritar devote a whole chapter to the glories of seaweed. Beyond its uses in the kitchen, seaweed is great in the garden.

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How to: use water wisely

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

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

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 my kitchen garden: Camden, NSW

In my kitchen garden: Camden, NSW

Mickey Robertson’s kitchen garden at Glenmore House is as beautiful as it is productive, experimental and instructive.

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In the garden: August

In the garden: August

The winter show is packing it's bags and making way for spring. It's time to plant some potted colour, prune the perennials and clear out the compost

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In the garden: July

In the garden: July

The winter chill is settling on the garden. It's time to enjoy winter flowers, sharpen up the pruning tools and get those spring bulbs in

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In the garden: March

In the garden: March

It’s time to get busy this march. Back by popular demand - our reminders of what to do in the garden this season.

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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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It's time to: August

It's time to: August

Get ready, spring will be here before we know it. It's time to get the last of those last-minute winter jobs done

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It's time to: Temperate gardens in August

It's time to: Temperate gardens in August

The winter chill is beginning to wane, things are heating up for spring in the garden. It's time to shift up a gear and get the garden ready

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It's Time To: Temperate Gardens in February

It's Time To: Temperate Gardens in February

We're on the home stretch through summer and into the beginning of autumn. Elizabeth Swane has the good oil on the last of the summer jobs to get your temperate garden ready for some cooler weather


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It's time to: temperate gardens in September

It's time to: temperate gardens in September

Spring has sprung and Elizabeth Swane is excited about the promise of new growth in the garden and stunning spring floral displays. Here She has a swag of jobs, tips, tricks and things to look out for in the temperate garden this September

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June jobs

June jobs

Time to get the early winter jobs done this June.

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Kitchen garden: Spring jobs

Kitchen garden: Spring jobs

There’s inspiration here to help expand your vegetable repertoire – in the garden and on the plate! 

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Kitchen Garden: Subtropical summer

Kitchen Garden: Subtropical summer

Gardening for the kitchen in the subtropics? Our resident tropical garden expert Arno King has the lowdown on all the seasonal jobs, as well as the tips and tricks to get things happening in the subtropical kitchen garden.

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Kitchen Gardens: Peas

Kitchen Gardens: Peas

Nothing tastes like spring quite as much a sweet pea - whether freshly podded, or enjoyed pod and all. The only trick is to get the peas to the kitchen before the children eat them all off the vines!

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Know your hydrangeas

Know your hydrangeas

Blue and white hydrangeas decorate long lunches and fill Church vases in the floral countdown to Christmas. Here we unwrap more goodies from the hydrangea family. You’ll think all your Christmases have come at once!

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Know your lavender

Know your lavender

The lavender must-haves are sun and well-drained soil. Start there then choose the lavender that suits your conditions - and desires.

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Know your winter bulbs

Know your winter bulbs

When autumn leaves have fallen, elegant little floral petticoats burst from the soil in optimistic, spring-anticipating growth.


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Know your: balcony flowers

Know your: balcony flowers

Add some summer dazzle to a sunny balcony with these pot-loving beauties.

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Know your: ferns

Know your: ferns

Many ferns have a soft feathery quality that makes a great contrast with other plants - in the garden or indoors.

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Know your: indoor plants

Know your: indoor plants

Plants make indoor spaces beautiful and people happy. Here are a few easy-care options to start - or enlarge! - your indoor garden.

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Know your: Roses for Sydney

Know your: Roses for Sydney

Some of the best performing roses for warm climates are old favourites -and we mean old. Search out these hardy centurions for fragrance, generosity and trouble-free beauty

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Magic Magnolia Mulch

Magic Magnolia Mulch

Sandra's special recipe does magical things to sulking magnolias!

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Meet Daryl Jones, Bird feeder

Meet Daryl Jones, Bird feeder

Millions of people around the world feed birds in their garden, which is not necessarily a good thing, as Professor Daryl Jones explains in his new book The Birds at My Table.

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Meet Dave Gray: Head gardener, Everglades

Meet Dave Gray: Head gardener, Everglades

For the last two years Dave Gray has been head gardener at Everglades, a National Trust property in Leura, designed and built through the 1930s by Paul Sorensen.

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Meet Glennis Clark, Heritage Rose grower and Rookwood volunteer

Meet Glennis Clark, Heritage Rose grower and Rookwood volunteer

Among the hidden treasures at Rookwood Necropolis are beautiful old roses, cared for by volunteers.

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Meet John Robb: Plant breeder, Paradise Plants

Meet John Robb: Plant breeder, Paradise Plants

Meet John Robb, Plant breeder, Paradise Plants. Paradise Plants, established by Bob Cherry more than 40 years ago, has bred some of our favourite garden plants. John Robb explains there’s no room for sentiment in the working life of a plant breeder.

 

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