By

Tim Blake
Azaleas maybe aren’t as popular as they used to be 10 or 20 years ago. I’m not sure why this is, because there’s lots to like about these lovely flowering shrubs. They don’t get too big, and they flower profusely over a long period, often a couple of times a year. They are at their...
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Strawberries are delicious, and deserve a place in every home garden. They are easy-to-grow, short-lived perennials, producing fruit within a few months of planting. The plants are small, only 30-45cm tall and wide, so they don’t need much room at all. Pots are fine. But you do need several plants if you want a reasonable...
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The burst of colour that many of the flowering native plants bring to the garden in late winter seems to be happening earlier this year, perhaps because it’s been so mild. Grevilleas are starting, as well as wattles and kangaroo paw. But one of my absolute favourites is the flowering tea trees, Leptospermums. These small...
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Most of the vegetables we grow are annuals. They grow quickly, are ready for harvest in only a few months, and then we replace them. But there are some perennial vegetables, which will live and produce for years, and perhaps the most popular of these is asparagus. An asparagus plot can produce for over 15...
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Now is the perfect time to take a look at your garden and make major improvements. Winter is great for establishing new trees and shrubs, transplanting, pruning, and mulching. The days are warm but not too hot, so plants have time to get established and develop a nice strong root system before the hot weather...
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Lavender has been grown and used for healing and perfume since ancient times. The Egyptians, Romans, Greeks and Arabs were all aware of its powerful antiseptic properties. It was used for treating wounds, freshening rooms and laundry, treating skin ailments, relieving headaches, repelling insects, as well as in tea and dozens of other household uses....
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Roses need a sunny position, with at least 6 hours per day. They also need good drainage, and plenty of organic matter in the soil. To minimise the risk of fungal diseases, ensure that there is plenty of airflow around the roses – they don’t like to be crowded out by other plants. To plant...
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Indoor plants not only look good, but research over the last 20 years or so has clearly identified the significant role that indoor plants play in improving air quality, particularly in offices and workplaces. One of the foremost researchers in this field in Australia is Margaret Burchett, Adjunct Professor, Department of Environmental Services, University of...
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Asparagus (Asparagus officianalis) is a hardy perennial, a member of the lily family, which will produce for over 40 years once established. The fern-like foliage grows to about 1.5m if it is not harvested as a young shoot. This is a nutrient-rich vegetable, high in folic acid and a good source of potassium, fibre, vitamins...
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