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: 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.


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.

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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!


Author: Gillian Vance   Date Posted: 2 June 2016

This article discusses some of the reasons why you might considering using wicking boxes in your garden as well as step by step instructions on how it make your own wicking boxes at home.

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Author: Shelana Hocking   Date Posted: 23 May 2016

Shelana takes us for a walk through her garden in Central Victoria, highlighting some of it's challenges and sharing a few tips along the way.

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Author: Colleen Keenan   Date Posted: 17 May 2016

Harvesting your herbs and preserving them for winter cooking is a great way to liven up our casseroles and roasts with the reminder of summer.


Author: Gillian Vance   Date Posted: 9 May 2016

If you don't have much space in your backyard you might consider looking at smaller, contained systems of converting your waste into beneficial compost. After all the produce coming out of your garden can only be as good as the soil it feeds on.

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Author: Susie Hunt   Date Posted: 4 May 2016

Lemons are undoubtedly mother nature’s most useful fruit. When life gives you lemons, I say make lemonade, make marmalade, lemon poppyseed cake & most of all, make an extra big batch of Lemon Curd!


Author: John Mauger   Date Posted: 28 April 2016

This article details 2 of the biggest advantages of growing your own food from seed; freshness and value! Did you know you could potentially grow 196kg of fresh food for under $7.00! Wow!


Author: John Mauger   Date Posted: 8 April 2016

Sometimes called ‘compost tea’, 'liquid manure' or 'manure tea', homemade liquid fertiliser is very easily prepared and is an ideal source of nutrients to give your plants a boost during the growing season.


Author: John Mauger   Date Posted: 7 April 2016

As gardeners, what we really want is to be able to pick or use something we have grown every day of the year! Below are some tips to help you continue to harvest and use your produce through the cooler months.