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: 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.


Author: Adam Boddy   Date Posted: 1 December 2017

December gardening tips taken from our December 2017 email newsletter.


Author: Jennifer Charlotte   Date Posted: 29 November 2017

The fragrant smell of basil is delightful in the garden or the kitchen. This favorite herb is easy to grow and produces abundant leaves that are great for cooking. Following a few simple steps can help you grow delicious, healthy basil.


Author: Jennifer Charlotte   Date Posted: 27 November 2017

Mistakes are part of gardening, but learning about the possible snags can save you a lot of trouble. Here's a look at 12 common gardening mistakes, and how to avoid them.


Author: Jennifer Charlotte   Date Posted: 3 November 2017

Tomatoes are generally easy to grow but are prone to a number of pests and diseases. The following seven tips about how to grow tomatoes from seeds can help you grow healthy plants loaded with beautiful, luscious tomatoes.


Author: Bill   Date Posted: 28 September 2017

Raised garden beds have become extremely popular in recent years, and many gardeners are moving in this direction. There are many upsides to raised garden beds, but there are also some downsides that should be considered before making your final decision.


Author: Bill   Date Posted: 21 September 2017

When you first decide you want to grow your own vegetables, the choice of crops on offer is almost overwhelming. Here are five reasons why radishes should be one of the vegetables to make it to your veggie garden shortlist!


Author: Jennifer Charlotte   Date Posted: 1 August 2017

Some seeds you plant may require special treatments. In this article we will explain what these treatments are, why they are necessary.