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  1. Beyond Gardening - No Dig Veggie Gardens

    Autumn is a great time to plant a new garden, but for those of us averse to digging, the hardest part can be getting started. Spadework is at its most off-putting where heavy soil is hard to dig, let alone being conducive to healthy plant growth....

  2. Broadly Speaking - Getting the best out of Broad Beans

    Stake - this bean variety makes it through winter with ease - but often they get forgotten when it's cold, because nobody heads into the vegetable patch! Now is the time to straighten the plants, staking them up or gathering them together, so that...

  3. Cherry Trees

    Cherry Trees Cherry trees in blossom herald the beginning of spring, not only in New Zealand but in many parts of the world. In Japan there is a believable legend that each spring a fairy maiden hovers low in the warm sky, wakening the sleeping...

  4. Children and the Winter Veggie Garden

    Autumn can often be quite temperate - perfect for getting out in the garden. Often children want to help, but parents don't always know what interesting crops will flourish over winter now that tomatoes, corn and melons are finished. If your...

  5. Creating the Perfect Garden with Andy Ellis

    Rugby (and gardening) legend Andy Ellis takes us through creating a garden that will be the envy of the neighbours using Living Earth Garden Mix (which is available at all Central Landscapes yards). ...

  6. Fruit for small gardens

    These days, it's a rare kid that chooses the fruit bowl over the pantry. Nostalgic tales from the 'olden days' of apples nicked from a neighbour's tree, for them, seem hard to fathom. But today as always, stolen or not, the mouthwatering crunch of a...

  7. How To Improve Poor Soils and Grow the Best Vegetables (or anything else!)

    It is a fact that successful gardens are determined by the quality of the soil you plant into. Generally the less you work your soil, the poorer it becomes particularly if you are trying to garden on clay or in fine dusty dirt. And now that the...

  8. How to plant Potatoes

    Use a balanced potato food or apply plenty of good quality (Living Earth) organic compost to your soil. Dig furrows of around 15- 20cm deep and plant the potatoes - tubers upward, about 70cm apart. Fill in with soil just covering the shoots, by...

  9. How To Start a Vegetable Garden

    More and more of us are getting into growing our own food, but for first timers it's a daunting task, especially getting started. Here's Digger Dan's list of 10 easy steps to be 'eating out of the garden' before Christmas: Get the site right:...

  10. Look after those limes

    Take pity on your citrus and give them a good feed - right now they're not only ripening lovely juicy fruit, most trees are beginning to produce lots of flowers that need some oomph to grow on as next season's crop!...

  11. Organic Vegetable Gardening

    What does it mean to be organic? It means growing without chemical fertilizers and sprays in growing media and soils that have no chemical additives. What is certified organic - Certifying authorities such as BioGro NZ and Asure Quality audit...

  12. Organic Vegetable Gardening

    What does it mean to be organic? It means growing without chemical fertilizers and sprays in growing media and soils that have no chemical additives What is certified organic? - Certifying authorities such as BioGro NZ and Asure Quality audit...

  13. Planting Tomatoes

    Tomatoes are best planted with a stake beside that is around 1.8m high. Tomatoes are vines that grow quickly and require support. When we plant Supertoms, a variety of tomato grafted on rootstock that increases the growth and size of the plant, we...

  14. Why is my citrus tree not fruiting?

    The reasons that citrus do not fruit are varied: Young trees sometimes produce an overabundance of flowers, all of them try to grow on as fruit and the tree is simply not strong enough yet. Often the little fruit yellow and drop off - next spring...