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The sweetest pea of all

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Monday, May 6th, 2013
Author:
Lazy Gardener

Sweet Peas really are to me one of the sweetest to look at and deliciously fragrant annuals you can grow in the garden. And it’s getting close to planting time! In Australia, the traditional day for sowing Sweet Peas is on St Patrick’s Day, March 17th , but of course in our dramatically different climate […]

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Pungent goodness – garlic

Posted on:
Monday, February 11th, 2013
Author:
Lazy Gardener

We have just had our first delivery of lovely organic garlic at Green Harvest this afternoon and we haven’t stopped talking about how to grow it! How to eat it! Best way to peel it! Garlic in olive oil, garlic in baked camembert! How to plant it! Is it really an allium or really a […]

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Summer citrus care – give your citrus some new year cheer

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Thursday, January 24th, 2013
Author:
Lazy Gardener

I was fortunate to get a good harvest from my citrus this year. I had so many lemons I was able to preserve them, add them to barley water to make refreshing drinks and of course, the odd slice or two added to a Bombay Sapphire never went astray. So to ensure the same success […]

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A pumpkin like no other

Posted on:
Tuesday, January 8th, 2013
Author:
Lazy Gardener

One of my colleagues brought into the office the other day the pumpkin ‘Galeux D’Eysines’. Bringing in veges to the office is something we often do – sharing in the bounty – but this pumpkin, instead of being shared to eat has now been adopted and adored by all! It is considered way too beautiful […]

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Small spaces – are never too small!

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Wednesday, January 2nd, 2013
Author:
Lazy Gardener

I recently returned from a lovely holiday in New Zealand. I stayed with my Aunt for some of the time and travelled the glorious East and West coast of the North Island – I was really overcome at times at the amazing beauty of the place. What I wanted to share from my journey was, […]

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Raised garden beds – pros and cons

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Tuesday, December 18th, 2012
Author:
Chook Whisperer

I’ve got several pre-fabricated raised beds in my garden – the ‘tank’ type – and having used them for a few years, have got an idea of the good and bad points of this type of gardening. Here they are! Pros Saves your back: A 70 cm high raised bed brings the growing medium’s surface […]

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Brazilian spinach – a leafy green vegetable for the subtropics

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Thursday, December 13th, 2012
Author:
Earthwise

I can’t remember where my first plant of Warrigal Greens. It spread wide in a mat, self-sowed, was unfazed by the hottest summer and always seemed to be available. Moving north to the subtropics I discovered it really disliked humidity and even though it self-sows, the niche it occupies is much smaller. It tends to […]

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No phos for us!

Posted on:
Wednesday, December 5th, 2012
Author:
Chook Whisperer

There’s a popular garden myth that states that native plants don’t like fertiliser. That’s really not true – most plants will benefit from fertiliser, there are just a few types of natives that don’t like being hit with a large amount of some nutrients, phosphorous in particular. These plants – including Grevillea, Banksia, Casuarina, Protea […]

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Crop rotation – myth or reality?

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Wednesday, November 28th, 2012
Author:
Earthwise

Once again I’ve read in a magazine on organic gardening that it is good practice to use crop rotation. There are lots of reasons for this, particularly as it helps prevent a build-up of soil-borne diseases. Usually though, somewhere in the article it will say ‘your beans and peas are able to provide extra nitrogen […]

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Mould with itchy feet

Posted on:
Wednesday, November 14th, 2012
Author:
Chook Whisperer

Often, when people find out I’m interested in fungi, they’ll ask me to identify something weird, disgusting or horrible in their garden. If the thing in question is also described as looking like scrambled eggs or something the dog threw up, and that it seems to be moving around the yard, then I can be […]

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