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Chocolate is the most popular sweet in the world the average Australian eats somewhere between 5 and 6 kilograms of the stuff every year. Most of us love chocolate, and so imagine how exciting it would be to have a chocolate scented flower in your garden. Cosmos ‘Choca Mocha’ will give you that irresistible chocolate...
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It’s hard to beat home-grown tomatoes, and now’s the time to plant them. There are hundreds of different varieties, so you can try a few different types and see which ones work best for you. Cherry tomatoes are really easy to grow, and are a great favorite with kids and those of us who like...
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A few weeks ago, I came across a reference in a magazine to what looked like an intriguing book about edible flowers. I explored it further on the website, but then got distracted and didn’t take it any further. Then last week, Linda Brennan, the author, just happened to pop into my nursery. I was...
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Spring is here, and garden centers everywhere are a riot of color. You’d have to have a heart of stone to be able to resist the brilliance of the plant kingdom! Geranium ‘Big Red’, released a few years ago now, has proven itself to be a great plant, thanks to its deep red blooms and...
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Chillies are a fun crop to grow. They are very decorative and don’t take up a lot of space, so it’s easy to grow a selection of different varieties in a season. Chillies originated in South America, and have spread throughout the world in the last 500 years or so. They are now an integral...
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Gardening is one of life’s simple pleasures, and gardening with children is particularly special. Their natural enthusiasm and curiosity are infectious. And every little garden excursion will yield new wonders, as you closely observe the incredible complexity and beauty of the natural world. Give the kids their own pot or space in the garden to...
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Some flowers just make me smile, and the humble daisy is one of those. It’s almost impossible to resist these happy bushes, absolutely smothered in masses of blooms for such a long period from late winter into spring. They flower again in autumn, and sporadically throughout the year. All this with no pests or diseases...
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There are some really lovely plants that are very easy and rewarding to grow, and yet are not very well known. One of these is the Abutilon, commonly known as ‘Chinese Lanterns’, thanks to the brightly coloured flowers that hang from the branches. They must be close to the perfect shrub – not too big...
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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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