Our Blog

This blog is a feed of all our recent gardening articles, tips, ideas, seasonal information, plant profiles, recipes and any other content we consider worth sharing with our customers.  Posts will be written by employees and customers as well as 'guest posts' by industry professionals and friends of the business.

Below is a list of our latest blog posts, enjoy!

 

Author: John Mauger   Date Posted: 26 June 2017

This article contains a range of homemade recipes/methods for controlling pests and other problems. While they are considered safe, only use them when and as needed as most are not selective and may kill beneficial insects as well.


Author: John Mauger   Date Posted: 22 June 2017

Integrated pest management is an ecosystem-based strategy that focuses on long-term prevention of pests or their damage through a combination of techniques such as biological control, habitat manipulation, modification of cultural practices, etc.

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Author: Gregg Jacobson   Date Posted: 4 June 2017

I decided to train the cucumbers up a trellis in order to make space for other vegetables and perhaps to avoid some of the fungus diseases, which are prevalent in a warm, moist climate. Off the ground the vines have good air circulation and little...

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Author: Gillian Vance   Date Posted: 3 June 2017

'Fruit Salad Alley' is a row of fruit trees I have in pots on the side of our carport. Once every few years, they need to be repotted in order to keep the roots trimmed and healthy. In this article I will walk you through through the process step by step.


Author: Jennifer Charlotte   Date Posted: 29 April 2017

Temperature, moisture, light and time! In this article, we'll discuss how to best store your seeds to retain the best possible germination rate to help make your gardening experience a success.

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Author: John Mauger   Date Posted: 20 April 2017

A seed contains the blueprint or instructions to produce a new plant. Traditionally all seeds were open-pollinated. That is; the pollen from the anther entered the stigma and traveled to the ovary. Fertilisation occurred and seeds were formed...

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Author: Jennifer Charlotte   Date Posted: 31 March 2017

Sowing tiny seeds can be a daunting task and if not handled correctly can lead to disappointing results. This article discusses many of the challenges tiny seeds cause as well as many methods you can employ to ensure you get the best results possible.


Author: John Mauger   Date Posted: 29 March 2017

Sprouts are a delicious and nutritious addition to many meals including salads, sandwiches, stews and stir fires. This article shows you a quick and easy method for growing sprouts at home using common household materials.


Author: Jennifer Charlotte   Date Posted: 1 March 2017

At first the prospect of starting an organic garden can seem daunting to the novice gardener but once you have a basic understanding of standard terms and techniques, you'll quickly find that going green in your garden is simple, healthy, and fun.

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Author: Bill   Date Posted: 24 February 2017

Slugs and snails will be part of a healthy ecosystem in many gardens and having some will usually be a fact of life. That said, you will have to control populations if they are too large. Snails can cause a lot of damage especially to young seedlings.

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Author: Bill   Date Posted: 7 February 2017

There comes a time in many chilli enthusiasts' lives when they decide to grow their own peppers rather than rely on the varieties available in the stores. Often, this choice is accompanied by a desire to grow the hottest, most powerful chillies possible.


Author: Jennifer Charlotte   Date Posted: 30 January 2017

Diversity is a great thing, which we can use to our advantage in our gardens to make it far easier to grow crops organically. Companion planting is the constructive combination of different plants to create benefits for one, the other, or both.

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Author: Bill   Date Posted: 11 January 2017

Pumpkin, Gourd and Winter Squash are all popular vegetables to grow in the home garden but how and when is the best time to harvest them? This article describes how to harvest and store pumpkins for best flavor and longest storage life.


Author: Jennifer Charlotte   Date Posted: 29 November 2016

Watering is an essential part of every gardeners routine and although it is mostly self explanatory there are a few principals you should understand and keep in mind to ensure your garden is the best it can be.

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Author: Lauren Eshman   Date Posted: 21 November 2016

There are 3 main things that throw people off gardening: money, time and space. However there are ways to remedy all of these and be eating food from your patio in no time. This article shares some great tips to get you started!

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Author: John Mauger   Date Posted: 28 August 2016

Making seed tapes is easy and fun. It a great way to ensure an even sowing and is a good indoor activity for kids. This method is easiest for larger, easy to handle seeds such as beetroot but can also be used for smaller seeds such as carrots.

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Author: Lauren Eshman   Date Posted: 27 August 2016

Gardening as a hobby and renting a home don’t always go well together. Vast sunny yards often go to waste with the tenant unable to dig it up and plant a plot. However, all is not lost! Container gardens are the perfect solution!

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Author: Gregg Jacobson   Date Posted: 27 August 2016

Sweet Corn is one of the easiest crops to grow given the right conditions. This article details how to plant, grow, harvest and store your sweet corn.


Author: Lauren Eshman   Date Posted: 23 June 2016

Before you think - “There’s no way I can garden!” I’m here to tell you that if I can do it, you totally can too! Here are 5 of my key learning's to help you get started.


Author: Gregg Jacobson   Date Posted: 17 June 2016

This article provides some great ideas on how you can re-purpose some common household items and put them to work in your garden. Great for the environment and great for your wallet!