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: 31 October 2018

Gardening is a fun and healthy activity for kids however the benefits go far beyond that- an early interest in gardening teaches many life lessons. This article explains what they are and describes the best ways to start your child's gardening journey.


Author: The Seed Collection Pty Ltd   Date Posted: 26 October 2018

Experienced gardeners know the value of compost for improving soil. But this doesn't need to mean maintaining a compost heap. In-ground composting offers the benefits of a heap with few of the disadvantages. This article explains how to do it successfully


Author: Jennifer Charlotte   Date Posted: 23 October 2018

Catnip will always be associated with the effect it has on cats. However, it's more versatile than most gardeners realise. This article explains what catnip is & how it works its cat magic, along with describing the role it can play in a kitchen garden.


Author: Jennifer Charlotte   Date Posted: 5 October 2018

It may be great fun to experiment with growing unusual crop varieties, but if your harvest is a disappointment it can quickly make gardening a chore rather than a pleasure. This article describes ten productive plants all veggie growers should consider.


Author: Jennifer Charlotte   Date Posted: 28 September 2018

Annual, biennial, and perennial. These terms describe the life cycle of the plant, and it's important to understand the differences between them when planning your garden. This article explains what you need to know.


Author: The Seed Collection Pty Ltd   Date Posted: 24 September 2018

Not all veggies need hand-holding and constant encouragement. This article explains how to use low-maintenance plant varieties and techniques to fit vegetable growing into a busy schedule.


Author: The Seed Collection Pty Ltd   Date Posted: 11 September 2018

A veggie patch isn't complete without a row or two of carrots. However, many gardeners give them a try and are disappointed by a harvest of twisted bitter roots. But there's no need to be discouraged. With a little care, carrots are simple to grow.


Author: Bob Drummond   Date Posted: 5 September 2018

Even if you choose not to maintain a compost pile, you can utilise some common kitchen waste that does not require composting before use. Rather than waste them by throwing away all of their precious nutrients, add them to your garden.


Author: The Seed Collection Pty Ltd   Date Posted: 29 August 2018

Slugs and snails are the bane of many a gardener's life. There are few things more frustrating than finding a row of seedlings demolished within just a few hours. Beer traps are a safe and economical way to help keep them in check.


Author: The Seed Collection Pty Ltd   Date Posted: 20 August 2018

Self-seeding flowers are a great way to blur the lines between a carefully cultivated garden and a wild natural look. They're easy to grow but also provide colour throughout the season. This article describes the advantages of growing self-seeding plants.


Author: Jennifer Charlotte   Date Posted: 14 August 2018

Bees play vital part in the production of many of the world's food crops. Unfortunately though, bees are under threat from intensive farming, disease, and even climate change. This article explains how planning your garden with bees can make difference.


Author: Jennifer Charlotte   Date Posted: 7 August 2018

Many plants dislike the disruption of being transplanted to their final location. Sowing your seeds in eggshells overcomes this problem, while also offering environmental benefits and providing your plants with extra nutrition.


Author: The Seed Collection   Date Posted: 2 August 2018

Not all plants fit their growing season to your local conditions. Any gardener who loves tomatoes will know all about the race to ripen fruits before the first frosts arrive. However, you can sow these & other cold-hating seeds in late winter.


Author: The Seed Collection Pty Ltd   Date Posted: 23 July 2018

Herbal teas offer a wide variety of intriguing flavours as well as many benefits to health and wellbeing. However, perhaps most importantly, they also open up new ways of enjoying your garden and of growing a wider variety of unusual plants.


Author: The Seed Collection   Date Posted: 17 July 2018

Some plants produce seeds that have evolved a period of dormancy to get them through a winter before germinating. Cold stratification is a method of simulating seasonal conditions to encourage reluctant seeds to germinate more reliably.


Author: The Seed Collection Pty Ltd   Date Posted: 11 July 2018

The Latin names found on seed packets & plant labels aren't there just to make life complicated for gardeners. These botanical names are a vital way of identifying precisely which kind of plant you're dealing with.


Author: The Seed Collection Pty Ltd   Date Posted: 30 June 2018

Scarification is slightly intimidating word for what's really a simple but useful process. Some varieties of seed need a helping hand for speedy and reliable germination, and scarifying them for gardeners to tease more seedlings out from these seeds.


Author: John Mauger   Date Posted: 30 June 2018

Winter is on us and that means fruit tree maintenance. What we do now will have a big effect on the health of our trees and the quality of next season’s crop.


Author: The Seed Collection Pty Ltd   Date Posted: 29 June 2018

Radishes can be taken from seed packet to plate in as little as four weeks, and they're far more versatile in the kitchen than they're usually given credit for. Lending their peppery bite to salads, soups, and stews radishes are an essential spicy root.


Author: The Seed Collection Pty Ltd   Date Posted: 6 June 2018

Pumpkins are an impressive crop, bringing colour & drama throughout summer and autumn. But if you want your gourds to be real talking point, size matters. The lessons learned by competitive pumpkin growers can give your fruits a healthy boost in stature.