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: By The Seed Collection Pty Ltd   Date Posted: 18 June 2019

A garden can have soil ranging from heavy clay to coarse sand, and this structure has an impact on almost everything you do. This article explains the different soil types you might encounter, how to identify them, and how to improve them.


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

Stem cuttings are an inexpensive and efficient way of producing new plants from your garden. Although many gardening guides treat taking cuttings as an advanced technique, it's actually very straightforward. This article tells you what you need to know.


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

Many gardeners consider soil pH an advanced topic, but you don't need a chemistry degree to enjoy the benefits of a balanced pH. This article explains what pH is, why it matters, and how to work with it in your garden.


Author: The Seed Collection Pty Ltd   Date Posted: 21 May 2019

Gardening in containers offers many advantages over open soil. However, container plants are more sensitive to your watering routine, & it's easy to give them too much or too little. This article explains what you need to know to keep your plants happy.


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

A technique known as deadheading can give your flowers a second lease of life, extending the blooming season and keeping your garden looking neater for longer. This article explains how it's done.


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

Raised beds offer many great advantages to a gardener. However, building them is a major project, and it’s important to plan carefully. This article gives five straightforward tips for raised beds success.


Author: The Seed Collection Pty Ltd   Date Posted: 26 April 2019

It's rare for a garden to bask in full sun all day long, thanks to shadows cast by trees, walls, or buildings. But that doesn't mean you can't grow anything edible. With a little planning, you can still enjoy useful veggie produce even in the shade.


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

Tidying up fallen leaves shouldn't be seen as autumnal annoyance; leaves are full of goodness and can be used in your garden to improve next year's growing success. This article gives four options for putting this all-natural harvest to productive work.


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

Containers can add a lot of structure and interest to a garden. However, a trip to any garden centre will confirm that attractive containers don't come cheap. Instead, why not make use of some unusual items you might already have lying around?


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

If your plants' leaves are pale and yellow rather than a healthy, vibrant green, does this mean your crop is a failure, good only for the compost heap? Not necessarily. It depends mainly on what caused the problem, as this article explains.


Author: The Seed Collection Pty Ltd   Date Posted: 26 March 2019

The larvae of cabbage moths can lay waste to your carefully cultivated brassicas in a few short days. This article explains how to protect your patch against these voracious pests.


Author: The Seed Collection Pty Ltd   Date Posted: 21 March 2019

While there are many commercial pesticides and other products available to control an aphid infestation, there's plenty that a gardener can do without resorting to chemicals. This article gives valuable real-world tips on preventing aphid infestations.


Author: The Seed Collection Pty Ltd   Date Posted: 18 March 2019

With especially hot, dry summers seeming to arrive ever more often, water conservation is an increasingly urgent issue. Gardeners can be at the forefront of this effort, both by minimising water use and by planting drought-tolerant species.


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

This hardy plant is easy to grow and makes a beneficial addition to a vegetable garden. If you haven't tried growing calendula, consider giving this plant a chance to earn a spot in your garden.


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

Human hands have guided the development of nearly all modern food crops, using a process called artificial selection. This article explains how artificial selection works, and how it has influenced the contents of today's gardens and farms.


Author: The Seed Collection Pty Ltd   Date Posted: 28 February 2019

By making your own potpourri, you can extend the weeks of pleasure given by your carefully cultivated flowers. This article explains what potpourri is, what it's made from, and how to make it at home.


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

Colour, shape and structure all play vital roles in the design of an attractive garden. However, one other ingredient also needs to be included for a space that pleases all senses. This article describes which seeds to sow to make your garden fragrant.


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

Stable conditions are essential for germinating seeds and one of the most important considerations is watering. This article describes a straightforward but essential technique for taking this problem out of the seed-sowing equation.


Author: Jennifer Charlotte   Date Posted: 26 January 2019

If there's one thing all gardeners have in common, it's their constant fight against weeds. But have you ever stopped to think exactly what a weed is? The answer could be more complicated than you thought.


Author: The Seed Collection Pty Ltd   Date Posted: 21 January 2019

Many gardeners swear by soaking seeds, saying it improves germination rates and speed significantly. But is soaking actually useful in most cases? This article explains the theory behind the process, and describes when it can make a worthwhile difference.