News, Articles & Plant Advice

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 Pty Ltd   Date Posted: 8 June 2021

The hori hori knife is a versatile hand tool that combines cutting, digging, and measuring in one handy implement. Read how it works and what it can be used for.


Author: The Seed Collection Pty Ltd   Date Posted: 1 June 2021

The pace of growth may be slow in June, and for some plants the season is over altogether, but for other crops the cool temperatures are bringing them into their prime.


Author: The Seed Collection Pty Ltd   Date Posted: 31 May 2021

Providing plants with a healthy environment is key to gardening success. One of the most important ways of doing this is to practice good garden hygiene to keep pests and disease in check. This article gives 13 useful tips on how to do exactly that.


Author: The Seed Collection Pty Ltd   Date Posted: 27 May 2021

Cabbage moths are one of the most destructive pests in a veggie patch. This short guide shows how to deter them with inexpensive but effective homemade cabbage moth decoys.


Author: The Seed Collection Pty Ltd   Date Posted: 17 May 2021

Corn salad is a tasty, tender leafy green that's easy to grow at home, and it makes a great addition to your winter table. Here's what you need to know to grow and harvest this popular cool-season salad leaf.


Author: The Seed Collection Pty Ltd   Date Posted: 7 May 2021

A sturdy obelisk is a great way of supporting climbing plants, and making one is easy with our steel garden finial. This short article explains what to do.


Author: The Seed Collection Pty Ltd   Date Posted: 1 May 2021

Late autumn is a great time to be productive in the garden. The milder weather means it's less energy-sapping to be working outdoors, while the autumn colours provide a feast for the eyes to replace the fading summer blooms.


Author: The Seed Collection Pty Ltd   Date Posted: 28 April 2021

Biofumigation is an organic way of reducing soil-borne diseases while also improving soil quality and nutrient levels. This article explains how it works, and gives a simple seven-step guide to using the technique.


Author: The Seed Collection Pty Ltd   Date Posted: 27 April 2021

Mustard is easy to grow, and provides both tasty leaves and fiery seeds for use in the kitchen. Here's how to turn the seed harvest into the familiar mustard table condiment, using just a few store cupboard ingredients.


Author: The Seed Collection Pty Ltd   Date Posted: 19 April 2021

If you're keen on mustard's tangy flavour, it's easy to grow a wide range of varieties in your garden. This article explains all you need to know, whether you're growing mustard for its tasty leaves or fiery seeds.


Author: The Seed Collection Pty Ltd   Date Posted: 11 April 2021

How to use baking soda, vinegar, worms, and your bare hands to test your garden soil's composition, organic mix, drainage, and pH.


Author: The Seed Collection Pty Ltd   Date Posted: 1 April 2021

While your overall gardening activity might be slowing down as winter approaches, April is still an incredibly important month. The gardening hours you put in now will pay huge rewards over winter.


Date Posted: 31 March 2021

Sharpening secateurs, shears, knives, scissors, and many other gardening tools is straightforward using a specialised sharpener tool. And unlike using many mechanical blade grinders, there's no need to disassemble the secateurs first. Here's what to do.


Author: The Seed Collection Pty Ltd   Date Posted: 26 March 2021

Kale is nutritious, versatile and easy to grow. What's more, homegrown offers vastly better taste and texture than the coarse, bitter leaves too often found in stores. This article gives a guide to growing, harvesting, and using kale to enjoy it.


Author: The Seed Collection Pty Ltd   Date Posted: 18 March 2021

Armyworms are a group of caterpillar species which can lay waste to a garden. Although they prefer to feed on grasses and grains, any leafy plant is at risk if there's a serious infestation. This article explains the damage these bugs can do.


Author: The Seed Collection Pty Ltd   Date Posted: 11 March 2021

Compost tea is a thrifty way of recycling weeds and other garden waste, turning them into a nutrient-rich liquid fertiliser for your plants. This article explains how to make it and how to use it effectively.


Author: The Seed Collection Pty Ltd   Date Posted: 1 March 2021

As the season turns to autumn and we look back on a successful summer of growing, it's time to think to the future and get your garden ready for the cooler weather ahead.


Author: The Seed Collection Pty Ltd   Date Posted: 28 February 2021

Nematodes are class of tiny worm-like creatures which are present in most soils. While some species are allies in the fight against pests, other species cause problems of their own. This article explains why and gives tips on reducing the damage.


Author: The Seed Collection Pty Ltd   Date Posted: 19 February 2021

Foliar feeding offers an express route to giving plants the nutrients they need. This article explains when and how to do it for the best effects.


Author: The Seed Collection Pty Ltd   Date Posted: 16 February 2021

Calendula offers beauty in the garden, flavour in the kitchen, and a soothing balm for the medicine cabinet. This article explains why this versatile plant fully deserves a place in your growing calendar.