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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.

Author: Jennifer Charlotte   Date Posted: 17 July 2017

Gardens look much more appealing with some color and life but many people don't know where to start when it comes to flowers. However some flowers are so easy to grow that all you have to do is sow, water and enjoy.

Author: John Mauger   Date Posted: 26 June 2017

This article contains a range of homemade recipes/methods for controlling pests and other problems. While they are considered safe, only use them when and as needed as most are not selective and may kill beneficial insects as well.

Author: John Mauger   Date Posted: 22 June 2017

Integrated pest management is an ecosystem-based strategy that focuses on long-term prevention of pests or their damage through a combination of techniques such as biological control, habitat manipulation, modification of cultural practices, etc.

Author: Gregg Jacobson   Date Posted: 4 June 2017

I decided to train the cucumbers up a trellis in order to make space for other vegetables and perhaps to avoid some of the fungus diseases, which are prevalent in a warm, moist climate. Off the ground the vines have good air circulation and little...

Author: Gillian Vance   Date Posted: 3 June 2017

'Fruit Salad Alley' is a row of fruit trees I have in pots on the side of our carport. Once every few years, they need to be repotted in order to keep the roots trimmed and healthy. In this article I will walk you through through the process step by step.

Author: Jennifer Charlotte   Date Posted: 29 April 2017

Temperature, moisture, light and time! In this article, we'll discuss how to best store your seeds to retain the best possible germination rate to help make your gardening experience a success.

Author: John Mauger   Date Posted: 20 April 2017

A seed contains the blueprint or instructions to produce a new plant. Traditionally all seeds were open-pollinated. That is; the pollen from the anther entered the stigma and traveled to the ovary. Fertilisation occurred and seeds were formed...

Author: Jennifer Charlotte   Date Posted: 31 March 2017

Sowing tiny seeds can be a daunting task and if not handled correctly can lead to disappointing results. This article discusses many of the challenges tiny seeds cause as well as many methods you can employ to ensure you get the best results possible.

Author: John Mauger   Date Posted: 29 March 2017

Sprouts are a delicious and nutritious addition to many meals including salads, sandwiches, stews and stir fires. This article shows you a quick and easy method for growing sprouts at home using common household materials.

Author: Jennifer Charlotte   Date Posted: 1 March 2017

At first the prospect of starting an organic garden can seem daunting to the novice gardener but once you have a basic understanding of standard terms and techniques, you'll quickly find that going green in your garden is simple, healthy, and fun.

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