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 Pty Ltd   Date Posted: 28 February 2020

Though they are known by many names the ladybird, ladybug or lady beetle they are part of the larger beetle population belonging to the family coccinellidae. Found throughout most of the world there are around 500 species in Australia alone.


Author: The Seed Collection Pty Ltd   Date Posted: 24 February 2020

Sensory gardens are designed to stimulate all the senses, rather than focusing mainly on appearances. How can you combine engaging elements of sight, sound, touch, smell, and taste into one garden? This article gives some practical ideas.


Author: The Seed Collection Pty Ltd   Date Posted: 15 February 2020

Plants rely on a wide range of nutrients for health. How can you tell if your soil isn't providing everything they need? Here's how to spot the most common nutrient deficiencies in home gardens.


Author: The Seed Collection Pty Ltd   Date Posted: 31 January 2020

If your tomatoes & other fruits seem to be spoiling from the base upward as they grow, the chances are they're suffering from a condition known as blossom end rot. Thankfully, despite its appearance, it's a problem that's relatively easy to cure.


Author: The Seed Collection Pty Ltd   Date Posted: 15 January 2020

Effective use of fertiliser is an essential technique for getting the most out of your garden and its plants. However, there's much more to it than opening a bottle of plant feed and spreading the contents liberally over the soil.


Author: The Seed Collection Pty Ltd   Date Posted: 22 December 2019

Scale are common garden pests which can badly stunt a plant's growth, ruin its appearance, or even kill it off altogether. This article explains how to recognise scale, what kinds of damage they do, and how to keep their numbers under control.


Author: The Seed Collection Pty Ltd   Date Posted: 17 December 2019

Not every gardener is blessed with a large plot of land to work their creative magic upon. However, a small garden needn’t limit your ambitions – you just need to put a little more thought and planning into your horticultural efforts.


Author: The Seed Collection Pty Ltd   Date Posted: 16 December 2019

There's an almost infinite variety of flower shapes, sizes, & colours out there to grow, & distinguishing between them can be confusing. This article outlines terms used to describe flower types, helping you to know what to expect from every seed you sow.


Author: The Seed Collection Pty Ltd   Date Posted: 11 December 2019

While flowers may be highly prized for their beauty & scent, their appeal to humans is only a sideshow that gardeners down the ages have taken advantage of. Flowers have a vital biological function and are more complicated than many people think.


Author: The Seed Collection Pty Ltd   Date Posted: 29 November 2019

Growing your own herbs brings a new dimension of freshness and flavour to your cooking. If you’re not ready to start full herb garden, you can still do plenty with a few pots. This article gives five simple but essential tips for cultivating tasty herbs


Author: The Seed Collection Pty Ltd   Date Posted: 23 November 2019

Slaters normally play a hugely beneficial role in your garden. However, if conditions are too comfortable for them their numbers can quickly get out of hand, and they'll start to have a negative impact.


Author: The Seed Collection Pty Ltd   Date Posted: 20 November 2019

Homemade slime is fun gooey, messy plaything that kids will love. This recipe contains chia or basil seeds and is simple, safe, easy to clean up and edible.


Author: The Seed Collection Pty Ltd   Date Posted: 2 November 2019

One of the common problems home gardeners face when growing tomatoes is when seedlings become “leggy,” or too tall and spindly for perfect health. The article explains why this happens and offers an easy way to save your affected seedlings.


Author: The Seed Collection Pty Ltd   Date Posted: 1 November 2019

Even experienced gardeners can find their tomato plants suffering from diseases, pests, and other problems. Luckily, most issues can be dealt with once they're recognised, & this article gives advice for the 16 most common problems you might come across.


Author: The Seed Collection Pty Ltd   Date Posted: 31 October 2019

Lovage is easy to grow, versatile in the kitchen, and has many reputed medicinal qualities. Here's what you need to know if you want to grow this unusual and hard-to-buy herb at home.


Author: The Seed Collection Pty Ltd   Date Posted: 29 October 2019

Slugs and snails are perhaps the most common and most despised garden pests of all. They can cause incredible damage and are almost impossible to eliminate. However, there are many ways of keeping the population under control, as this article explains.


Author: The Seed Collection Pty Ltd   Date Posted: 9 October 2019

After mowing your lawn, you may see the resulting grass clipping as a nuisance to be disposed of. However, they are in fact a valuable resource that can be put to good use in your garden. This article explains how.


Author: The Seed Collection Pty Ltd   Date Posted: 30 September 2019

It's a popular and proven gardening technique to pick many flowers, fruit, and vegetables regularly, prolonging their season and increasing productivity. This article explains how this method works and describes the benefits it brings.


Author: The Seed Collection Pty Ltd   Date Posted: 27 September 2019

The fine art of the veggie gardener is to keep a steady supply of produce maturing throughout the season, avoiding both gluts and barren spells as much as possible. Succession planting is a vital part of doing this, as this article explains.


Author: The Seed Collection Pty Ltd   Date Posted: 25 September 2019

Excessive infestations can cause damage but a normal-sized population's benefits for a garden outweigh the drawbacks. This article explains why, and gives tips on keeping numbers to a beneficial level.