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Summer Gardening Preparations

Nature certainly does know how to turn it on. As soon as Christmas arrives we get the hot weather. Every year I forget how harsh the sun is and I’m always surprised at how certain plants thrive through the hot weather, while others struggle. Soil conditions certainly play a major part in keeping a garden […]

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Gardening in August

At the end of winter we are yearning for some colour in the garden; even a few strategically placed annuals will brighten up the dullest area. Look out for pansies, lobelia, marigolds, gazanias which are all in full flower now. The Kangaroo Paws are starting to flower and will bring a smile to any self-respecting […]

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Make the Most of Early Winter Rain

The benefits of early rains are obvious with stressed plants coming back to life almost immediately.  It gives us renewed enthusiasm to get stuck into the garden and enjoy the extra moisture. Sand to Soil If your garden soil is less than desirable and retains no water, the addition of a bentonite based product is […]

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Save your garden from the sun

This is the hottest month of the year and many gardeners are hibernating inside, only to appear in the cool of the evening. Plants are incredibly resilient and will cope with the hot weather better than we give them credit for but remember that a thick layer of chunky mulch to shade the soil and […]

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Holidays are here but there’s work to be done

January is a favourite time for many families. It’s a great time to involve the kids with a few gardening projects over the school holidays. Large planters filled with their favourite vegies or flowers are quick and easy projects to get them excited about gardening. Choose varieties of plants that are waterwise and look good […]

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January Gardening

January is the month of festivities and fun so enjoy your time in the garden.  A few jobs done at this time of the year ensures that it will look fantastic for the remainder of summer. Choose the cool of the evening to garden since it’s amazing what can be achieved in a short time. […]

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February Gardening – Sue McDougall

There is still an opportunity to garden in the hottest month of the year. There is always a cool spot under a tree, around a pond or in the evening that benefits from some extra attention. Enjoy this time of the year.  A little work now will result in a productive and great garden throughout […]

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It’s time to check the reticulation – Sue McDougall

An effective reticulation system is the difference between a garden just surviving summer and it thriving throughout the hottest months of the year. Contrary to popular belief, a correctly installed and maintained reticulation system will actually save water and not waste it at all. This is because the water is applied slowly and regularly to […]

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Growing juicy mangoes

Growing your own mango tree in Western Australia is easy. Mangoes have been cultivated around the world for hundreds of years and the fruit is suitable for use in savoury and sweet dishes. These small trees are both hardy and productive, making them ideally matched to Western Australian gardens. Mangoes form dense foliage cover and […]

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Dichondra, the versatile lawn substitute – Sue McDougall

One of the most versatile lawn substitutes is a flat groundcover that will grow in a shady position is dichondra. This low growing plant forms a thick mat and is ideal for growing on shady sides of the house. Dichondra will grow between lawn varieties and while at times the colour is different to the […]

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