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Sue’s Olive Pickling Recipe – Sue McDougall

A friend commented on the amount of olives that I had on my tree but I told him that I just didn’t have the time to pickle them that year.  Being of Italian descent he was horrified and told me he would take some and do his family’s recipe and that it was so quick […]

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The April Garden – Sue McDougall

April is a favourite time of the year, the leaves are starting to colour and a little moisture around ensures plants are sprouting fresh, new growth.  Ambitious projects in glossy gardening magazines suddenly seem achievable and it’s the perfect time to get stuck into a project over the school holidays or Easter break. For gardeners […]

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Autumn, Nature’s Planting Time – Sue McDougall

With the hot weather we’ve been having in WA lately it’s easy to forget that in a few days we will be at the start of autumn, one of the most enjoyable times of the year for gardeners.  This is when the weather cools but the soil stays warm which is why autumn is “nature’s […]

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A Passion for Frangipani – Sue McDougall

February can be a hot month but there are a couple of quick jobs to do early in the morning that will have you reaping rewards later in the year and one of the favourites for gardeners is to take cuttings of their frangipani.  If you’re not a gardener, you have to give this a […]

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Brighten up the summer garden – Sue McDougall

As the weather warms up, the focus of our gardening efforts turns to the patio, verandah or alfresco area. Healthy potted plants add something special to an outdoor entertaining area and it’s not hard to keep them looking perfect. Ensure the potting mix doesn’t become water repellent. Potted soil has the potential to dry out […]

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Escape to the garden at Christmas – Sue McDougall

Adding colour to the garden with instant potted colour is a quick job that will reward you with flowers through summer. Quality potting mix and large pots scattered around the garden, verandah or patio area filled with instant colour is a good afternoon’s work. Remember to apply liquid fertiliser fortnightly and trim off any dead […]

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Warm November Days – Sue McDougall

Warm November days remind us that summer is just around the corner and a little work at the beginning of this month will ensure your garden thrives through the warmer months. A garden that’s strong and healthy will perform brilliantly regardless of the weather. The use of organic fertilisers and a focus on improving and […]

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Spring has finally sprung! Sue McDougall

October is the month when roses are at their best. Strong, dark green foliage contrasts very well with their delicate flowers. Once a year flowering varieties are pruned after flowering as this will encourage strong flowering for next season. A teaspoon of sulphate of potash sprinkled around the root system will help the plants build […]

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Get Garden Inspired – Sue McDougall

September is the best time to visit gardens and become inspired. Garden owners are such generous people and get so excited when they have an audience to share their stories with. Take a visit to your local open gardens this month. They are a great example of what can be achieved in your area, and […]

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Deal with pests and diseases in August – Sue McDougall

As the weather starts to warm up the gardens are coming to life; unfortunately so are the aphids. These small, sap sucking insects seek out gorgeous soft new growth, usually the prize rose shoots. There are many choices in controlling these small insects from simply squashing them and hosing off to spraying.  There are soap-based […]