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: 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.


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

Crop rotation is all about keeping your soil as naturally fertile as possible, as well as reducing the problems of pests and disease. This article explains the benefits and offers a beginner's guide to getting started.


Author: Jennifer Charlotte   Date Posted: 17 May 2018

Enjoy the beauty and benefits of nasturtiums by planting them in your garden. These pretty plants are easy to grow, edible, and a great companion plant.


Author: The Seed Collection Pty Ltd   Date Posted: 8 May 2018

Every gardener needs to decide how to start their home-grown plants off in life. Is it better to raise them from seed, or to buy ready-grown seedlings? This article covers the many advantages of sowing seeds, along with a few minus points to consider.


Author: Jennifer Charlotte   Date Posted: 1 May 2018

Getting started with gardening is perhaps the biggest obstacle to overcome. You might think the amount of knowledge you need is off-putting, but it's not as complicated or difficult as it seems. Here are 8 ways it can bring benefit to your daily life.


Author: Jennifer Charlotte   Date Posted: 12 April 2018

Growing seeds is an exciting and satisfying journey, but many small details can make the difference to your success. Planning is vital - before sowing, decide on how to give your seedlings the best start in life, and you'll be rewarded with healthy plants


Author: Jennifer Charlotte   Date Posted: 3 April 2018

A healthy, nutrient-rich soil is a vegetable grower's best friend. Green manure offers a sustainable way of improving your soil year on year for very little effort, and this article explains how to begin.


Author: Jennifer Charlotte   Date Posted: 21 March 2018

Sprouting seeds is probably the fastest way of putting home-grown food on your plate. This article explains the benefits of sprouts, and gives a clear, step-by-step guide on how to start sprouting at home.


Author: Jennifer Charlotte   Date Posted: 16 March 2018

Microgreens have been an essential highlight of modern kitchens over recent years, but they're far more than a passing trend. This article explains what they are, how to grow them, and why every green-fingered food lover should give them a try.


Author: Jennifer Charlotte   Date Posted: 8 March 2018

Growing your own herbs provides a happy meeting between two great pastimes of gardening and cooking. Starting a herb garden opens up a huge range of flavors beyond those you'll find on the supermarket shelves.


Author: Jennifer Charlotte   Date Posted: 28 February 2018

Like all modern vegetables, the carrot is ultimately descended from a wild ancestor, which may not resemble today's version very much at all. Although carrots are of course classed as root vegetables, their modern appearance tends to disguise this truth.


Author: John Mauger   Date Posted: 1 February 2018

If you have grown zucchinis this summer you will probably have more zucchinis than you know what to do with so here are a couple of interesting recipe ideas you might consider to use up the surplus.


Author: Bill B.   Date Posted: 31 January 2018

Drying chillies lets them be kept for months or even years, while also intensifying their heat and flavour as a welcome side effect. Here are three straightforward methods of doing this: air drying, oven drying, and using them to make chilli salt.


Author: Jennifer Charlotte   Date Posted: 7 January 2018

One of the oldest natural growing techniques is companion planting, where combinations of plants are grown together, each providing benefits to the others for mutual success. The 'Three Sisters' method is one of the more famous companion planting schemes.


Author: Jennifer Charlotte   Date Posted: 6 December 2017

Growing your own chilli from seed can present a challenge to inexperienced gardeners. Here is a complete guide to producing your first bumper crop.