Author: John Mauger Date Posted: 24 March 2016
The addition of organic material to soil improves soil structure, water-holding ability and soil activity. This article documents many common and not so common materials from around the home and garden that can be used to improve your soil.
Author: Amanda Mac Date Posted: 22 March 2016
This is my Grandmother’s Rosella Jam recipe along with some general tips for successful preserve making. Once you’ve tasted freshly made Rosella jam you’ll be forever spoiled for eating the supermarket brand jam varieties again.
Author: Ann Howard Date Posted: 22 March 2016
Nasturtiums are found in many parts of the world. Tropaeolum majus is believed to have originated in the Andes from Bolivia north to Colombia. The seeds were taken to Europe from Peru by Spanish explorers in the 16th century. The name ‘nasturtium’ ...
Author: Bill Date Posted: 4 March 2016
Composting is a process which involves converting kitchen and garden waste into humus which is then added to your garden soil. It re-introduces vital nutrients and builds soil structure which encourages better plant growth and better soil fertility.
Author: Bill Date Posted: 9 February 2016
Growing herbs at home carries a number of important benefits for you and your family. From better-tasting food to lower grocery costs, starting a herb garden will make a big difference in how your family eats and how much you spend.
Author: Adam Boddy Date Posted: 29 January 2016
It's one of the most common issues you run into when starting plants from seed. What do you do when your seedlings grow skinny, delicate and spindly? This article can help diagnose why you are winding up with leggy seedlings and how to correct it.
Author: Bill Date Posted: 19 January 2016
What is the best way to harvest and use this useful herb? Try the following tips to increase your yield of fresh basil, and get some ideas on how to use basil in interesting and delicious ways in your kitchen.
Author: Sarah Rasdall Date Posted: 15 January 2016
If you find that your Cucurbits are not setting fruit and the flowers are simply falling off , you might have a pollination problem. There’s an easy solution: hand pollination.
Author: Sarah Rasdall Date Posted: 16 December 2015
Knowing how to transplant seedlings from pots into your garden is an essential skill every gardener needs to know. This article details some keys points to make sure your seedlings get the best start possible in their new home.
Author: Bill Date Posted: 16 November 2015
When considering whether or not to use proper seed orientation it's important to understand that although most seeds do technically have a correct orientation, for most home gardeners seed orientation probably won't effect your results much either way...
Author: Sarah Rasdall Date Posted: 13 November 2015
Sowing seeds is the most miraculous part of the entire growing process. Watching a complete plant come alive from a tiny capsule is truly a magnificent journey. Here are some tips to ensure that you can relax and enjoy this miracle of nature.
Author: Ros Date Posted: 25 June 2014
Green compost is known as green manure. Its a is a way to enrich the soil by planting nitrogen giving and nutrient dense crops. The crop is gently tilled into the soil when it is almost ready to harvest, usually just before it flowers.
Author: Adam Boddy Date Posted: 3 May 2013
The truth is that there is a fair amount of debate over what the term heirloom in relation to seed actually means. This article clarifies and discusses some key points.
Author: Adam Boddy Date Posted: 1 December 2012
Summer is the time of year that we get to reap the rewards of all our hard work. Plants grow so fast you can see them changing day to day. Summer can also be a lot of work though, here are some tips to make your life a little easier.
Author: Adam Boddy Date Posted: 25 November 2012
I've never understood why but many people have never even tried growing anything from seed. They seem to think it's some highly skilled task that only a professional or experienced gardener can do. When in reality growing from seed is easy!
Author: Rowan Date Posted: 27 September 2012
With spring rains and warmth providing perfect conditions for eating and breeding, you need to get on top of snails now before they start laying their eggs. You don’t want the shock of coming out one morning and seeing all your little seedlings decimated!
Author: Rowan Date Posted: 21 September 2012
Spring is well and truly upon us, the days are starting to warm up, the trees and flowers are starting to wake up and put out new buds.... Spring is probably the most exciting time for us gardeners; there is simply so much choice...
Chillis and capsicums are close relatives of tomatoes. They tend to be a bit tougher so its easier growing them at home. There are literally thousands of capsicum varieties to choose from - small, large, sweet, hot and everything in between...
This article covers everything you need to know to grow tomatoes from seed: varieties, sowing your seeds, planting out, cultivation, pests & diseases, pruning and harvest.
Lettuce is a must-have for the vegetable garden as it adds bulk and texture to salads and salad sandwiches.There are amazing varieties that are red, green, speckled or frilly, just the thing to make a spectacular salad to impress your friends and family.