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  1. Beer bait for garden pests

    Tip some beer into a small marmite size jar and half bury in the garden near prized new seedlings. Make sure part of the jar is angled level with the soil so slugs and snails can crawl in....

  2. Dan's Tips August 2017

    Spring is almost in sight! Time to start planting vegetables like carrots and beetroot, fertilise citrus trees and do some light pruning. It's also a good time to plant early spring flowers - hellebores, azaleas and camellias will grow...

  3. Dan's Tips September 2017

    Now's the time to add compost, fertilise the lawn and add nutrients back into the soil. Get rid of pests and do weeding while the soil is still moist. Plant snow peas, onions, radishes and herbs, plus don't forget the flowers to add...

  4. Digger Dan's August Garden Tips

    Slightly longer daylight hours and glimpses of sunshine tell us that spring is round the corner. But if you want confirmation, then look beyond the tired foliage of your perennial flowers and vegetables - there's fresh growth at the base of many...

  5. Digger Dan's Food Growing Tips for May

    Now is the perfect time to sow broad beans - in a warm area of the vegetable patch, that will see some sun over winter; but don't put them where your last legume (bean or pea) crop was - crop rotation works best. It's also a good time to plant some...

  6. Digger Dan's October Planting Tips

    October is a great a month to get planting vegetables in the garden to enjoy harvesting during a long, hot summer! Organics: Grow and eat healthy If you're into growing healthy food or you want to have a go, now's the time! Central Landscapes are...

  7. Digger's December Garden Tips

    It's the festive season and a great time to get out in the garden with the family. Spuds are ready, plant leeks and pretty up the outdoors with some potted colour - plus protect those berries from the birds! In the Veggie Patch Christmas spuds:...

  8. Diggers November Garden Tips

    It's warming up - time to plant beans, basil and corn and start protecting those yummy berries from the birds. It's also a great time to mulch to help retain moisture over the warmer months. Growing Food Let's hear it for the bees: plant lots of...

  9. Garden Tips April 2015

    April Tips from the Living Earth Staff Veggie Garden - Digger Dan is back with the Living Earth staff setting their vegetable garden to rights for autumn! The Garden: The boys have layered on plenty of Living Earth organic compost to rebuild the...

  10. Unseasonal Autumn heat

    Traditional gardening work is being challenged, as the weather gurus confirm this unseasonal warm weather is here for all of April! What this means: Prioritise the following to deal with the extended 'summer' in the garden: BLACKGOLD Mulch -...

  11. Garden Tips August 2015

    Spring is around the corner, so there's a lot to look forward to and some easy tasks for this month! The vegetable and fruit gardens: Soil - prepare areas for planting, dig in remaining green crops and add Living Earth organic certified Compost...

  12. Garden Tips December 2014

    Planting Now Leeks: Astonishingly, this is the time of the year to get your leeks in! Remember to separate out the plants as you remove them from the punnet and you'll find that there are plenty in the container! Plant a row of them in friable...

  13. Garden Tips December 2015

    Heading into Christmas, gardens are beginning to brim with lots of vegetable produce and growing fruit! Digger's been thinking about the 'three wise men' of Christmas and decided to offer some wisdom of his own for Christmas gardening. Here is...

  14. Garden Tips February 2015

    Time for Living Earth 101 A quick refresher on our signature Living Earth products and why you should use them in your garden - Compost - (organic certified of course). When you dig it though your soil, it provides your plants with yummy...

  15. Garden Tips February 2016

    Remember - ALL of our yards are open ALL three days of both Auckland Anniversary Weekend and Waitangi Weekend The heat is on! There is work to be done in February, although it may seem impossible to step out into the garden at thirty degrees...

  16. Garden Tips January 2015

    Summer Garden Care Dealing with the sap-suckers: a good blast with the garden hose (applied regularly) will usually dislodge pests that attack the undersides of plant leaves. This works well with aphids, but, for persistent colonies of whitefly...

  17. Garden Tips January 2016

    Happy New Year from Digger Dan and all the Central Landscape yards. Our yards are open throughout January - check out our website to find the one nearest you! Digger's Dos and Don'ts for Summer Gardening DO: DO enjoy bold bright colours in...

  18. Garden Tips July 2015

    The vegetable and fruit gardens: Soil Care- Avoid treading on your soil, when it is wet, as this compacts it and reduces the ability for plant roots to spread out. Take a bucket of compost around with you and lightly fork it into the surface...

  19. Garden Tips July 2016

    In the Vegetable Garden Plant berries - currants, raspberries and strawberries can all go in now. They love rich soil containing plenty of good organic matter (Living Earth organic certified Compost is perfect). Buy seed potatoes - appearing...

  20. Garden Tips June 2015

    Planting in vegetable and fruit gardens: Bold, strong and vitamin packed winter greens: Kale, broccolini, NZ spinach, broccoli varieties to keep your immune system strong over winter. Broad beans and snow peas: There is still time to get...

  21. Garden Tips June 2016

    Winter has begun so that changes the landscape… In the Fruit & Vegetable Garden The 'nibbling' of brassicas is widespread in gardens, because the white butterfly colonies have been viable for longer in the warm temperatures. This...

  22. Garden Tips March 2015

    March Tips from the Living Earth Staff Veggie Garden - Digger Dan is helping the Living Earth staff get their garden planted for autumn! The Garden: It's been a scorcher summer and their veggie patch is running very wild with corn and pumpkins....

  23. Garden Tips March 2016

    Reclaiming the garden! The near record heat of February should begin to cool off in March, allowing gardeners to do some serious preparation for the lovely, long autumn season that Aucklanders traditionally enjoy. PLANTING Increased rainfall...

  24. Garden Tips May 2015

    May Tips from the Living Earth Staff Veggie Garden - autumn is here and Digger Dan is getting into the season with lots of compost and planting! The Garden: Despite the unseasonably wild weather this autumn the boys have been busy digging in...

  25. Garden Tips May 2016

    What to do in May for the Auckland gardener…the weather's got an autumn chill, but there is growth in some areas of the garden Do's Vegetables - still warm enough to plant out seedlings - just make sure they will get plenty of winter sun...

  26. Garden Tips November 2014

    Planting Now Beans: Warm moist soil is the key to successful sowing of beans. Have a bean pole, climbing frame or tie string between stakes to support them as they grow. For gardeners who have last years Scarlet Runners re-sprouting, add more...

  27. Garden Tips November 2015

    MULCH - THE BIG DRY IS COMING: Is your soil drying out and going all crusty? It's the effect of drying winds after all the rain of August and September. The expectation is that the summer will continue this trend and be very dry. The answer is...

  28. Garden Tips October 2014

    Planting Now Everything: All summer vegetables can be planted out now. The soil is nice and warm and still moist. (Digger prefers to save beans until November, doesn't seem to matter if they're sown later, they still catch up). Happy Herbs:...

  29. Garden Tips October 2015

    What to do in the garden in October ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK - style Take another look at that public garden stalwart - Libertia peregrinans. That's a NZ iris to us lay people. It's a plant that really captures the 'orange' in garden tones, its...

  30. Garden Tips September 2014

    Planting Now Do the Prep: Cultivate your soil with Living Earth Compost - it'll bring up the worms, hold in moisture and release plenty of all-natural nutrients to your plants over spring! Lettuce time: Digger's had a fun time growing...

  31. Garden Tips September 2015

    What to do in the garden in September: Gardeners in the upper North Island need to tread carefully (literally) when it comes to the damp soil from heavy rain Water-logged soil is a real turnoff for new seedling plants, cuttings and divisions. Even...

  32. Garden Work in August

    Time to plant early spring flowers - even if you forgot to plant spring bulbs way back in autumn, now's good for hellebores (winter roses), azaleas, and camellias. Great mileage can be had from the potted colour table at the local garden centre with...

  33. May Garden Work

    Replenish Garden Beds: raised beds are intensively worked gardens: replenish depleted organic matter and fertilsers by adding more Living Earth Garden Mix. Sharpen: It's time to sharpen tools for pruning. It's amazing what the local tool...

  34. November 2016 Garden Tips

    After a saturated spring there's plenty of 'catch-up' gardening to be done in November Encouraging Growth in the Vegetable Garden. Time to plant or sow beans, basil and corn. All three crops are very cold sensitive, so they're best planted as we...

  35. The December Vege Garden

    Leek Planting Tips - Digger prefers the newspaper wrapped seedlings from Awapuni Nurseries. It is best to drop leek seedlings into deep holes around 20cm deep and let the soil gradually fill in the hole by itself. By planting so deeply you are...

  36. What to plant in September

    Your soil is at 'perfect pitch' for planting, so let's go! With warmer temperatures and plenty of moisture still in the soil, September is a great month to give new plants a 'stress-free' start in life. Plant the 'cut and come again' lettuces -...