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Perfect Plants for Bird Aviaries – Sue McDougall

Adding plants in bird aviaries will create a safe cool environment for your feathered friends. Select the largest practical sized pot for the area, remembering the larger the pot the better the plants will fare because there is more soil around the root system. This results in a cooler root system and a happy healthy […]

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Kale, the Super Veg – Sue McDougall

There are few plants that have taken the world by storm. It seems all of us want to eat the latest wonder food, packed full of antioxidants that promises anti-ageing and life giving benefits. I wonder how many people actually like eating it and can honestly say they enjoy the flavour? If you are one […]

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Poisonous Plants for Pets – Sue McDougall

Creating a safe space for our precious pets is just as important as creating a safe environment for our children. When establishing a garden it’s important to take into consideration any potential hazards for pets, particularly if you are planning to bring a puppy home. Many plants pose risks to animals and the danger ranges […]

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Kickstart your Lawn for Spring – Sue McDougall

The most popular lawn varieties in WA are what we call warm season grasses, which are the couch and buffalo cultivars. These grasses thrive in the warm weather, but at this time of the year tend to look a little yellow and tired. So it’s time to give lawns a kick start to get them […]

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Gardening in Glass – Sue McDougall

Creating table centre pieces with mixed flowering and foliage plants in large glass vases is easy to do and becomes a feature that looks good for months longer than a bunch of flowers.   Follow these easy steps: Select a large vase, jar or container, preferably with a base that’s wide enough to get your […]

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Camellias – Sue McDougall

Over recent years the humble camellia has fallen out of favour due to the misconception that it is a water guzzling species. In fact nothing could be further from the truth. Camellias, once established, are hardy and will thrive with only a little care. For warmer positions, plant Camellia sasanqua varieties which will flower early […]

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Jerusalem Artichokes – Sue McDougall

Many gardeners would know the globe artichoke, a close relative to the thistle family and commonly served in restaurants, but may not be familiar with Jerusalem artichokes. These plants are very closely related to the sunflower and are often mistaken for one when they develop their bright yellow flowers in autumn. It’s not the flowers […]

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Winter colour, pruning and moon planting – Sue McDougall

PRUNING IN WINTER It’s time to pull out the pruning saw and the secateurs and give them the once over before embarking on the pruning tasks. Sharp tools make pruning bearable and easy. Deciduous fruiting trees and roses are pruned in winter and often the branches to be removed are quite large. When this is […]

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Dealing with Clay Soil – Sue McDougall

Sticky clay soil lacks structure and needs to be improved before most plants will thrive but this can be challenging.   Although WA is known for its sandy soil there are still many areas, especially along the river line, that have to deal with very heavy clay soil. Clay soil will benefit from the addition of […]

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Birds for Natural Insect Control – Sue McDougall

For any fauna to live in your garden there needs to be a food source and our native birds are some of the hardest working animals in the backyard so they are definitely worth encouraging. This style of gardening is based around using mainly native plants to help provide food, shelter and support to our […]

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