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  1. Controlling Pests and Disease in the Summer Garden

    In summer the home garden becomes the ideal host to pests and diseases - the temperature is warm, even hot, encouraging insect colonies to reproduce at alarming rates, all growing quickly and feeding on your plants. Warm summer rains increase...

  2. February Garden Work

    Party Planning for your roses: if you've a big event coming this Easter, then it pays to remove all flowers and buds off roses at the beginning of this month, to just above a 2nd or 3rd leaf node on the stem. 60 days on, you should have plenty of...

  3. Growing Food

    Leeks: Dig a trench in well composted, friable soil or Garden Mix. Trim a little off the roots of your leek seedlings and cut the green part back by a half. Lay the seedlings in the trench, tops poking upward and water, but don't throw in soil to...

  4. January in the Garden

    A few tips for your garden work in the long summer days of January: Recycle your grey water in the garden: Keep a basin in the shower or kitchen sink, or take the bucket of water you used to wash to the floor or the car - and water dry areas in...

  5. Post-Christmas Gardening

    Summer Revival No matter what weather Christmas has brought our way, it would seem churlish to lament its effect on the garden. After all, that jaded, post-holiday look is easily remedied. We'll have to wait a while for perfect autumn...

  6. Summer Colour

    As per usual after Christmas, summer is just beginning. It's not too late to plant those colourful flowering plants that will sizzle their way through the hottest months, well into autumn. If you want your flowers to stand out, steer clear of too...

  7. The Ornamental Garden & The Christmas Lawn

    The Ornamental Garden Water as a feature - the hotter it gets, the more we appreciate water outdoors. Birdbaths, bowls of water lilies or other aquatic plants are an easy way to enjoy water in the garden. Plus, keep water bowls topped up for the...

  8. Your Summer Veggie Garden

    Some tips to help you get the most from your garden this month: Grow the longest Beans in town: Squirt warm water over the flowers on your beans - it's not just an old wives' tale - the idea is that it helps you get a bumper bean crop and makes...