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Watching our parents tending a large vegetable garden and seeing the results on the table for dinner is a dim memory for many people today. How about recreating those scenes on the balconies of our apartments or the patios of our townhouses?

In the Rose Garden for December

December 19, 2018 | Filed under In the Garden

This is an excerpt from a post by Hayden Foulds of the New Zealand Rose Society on the Grownups site

  • Enjoy the blooms, either in the garden or bring a bunch inside. Remember take a bucket of water to the roses (not the other way around) and recut stems under water.
  • Dehead, dehead, dehead. Not only does the garden tidy, it also helps to encourage more blooms to be produced.
  • Water if the weather remains dry. Lack of water causes plants to get stressed and become susceptible to disease. When watering, one good deep soaking at the roots is better than a quick, light flick with the hose.
  • Keep the weeds at bay.
  • If you are on holiday, visit one of the many fine public rose gardens around the country and see what is looking good.

The full article can be found here. 

More about the New Zealand Rose Society can be found here.


Benefits of Gardening with Kids

December 10, 2018 | Filed under Gardening in small spaces, Inexpensive play

10 Benefits of Gardening with Kids

Herbs at your fingertips

December 6, 2018 | Filed under Gardening in small spaces, Growing herbs

I like to be able to cut herbs quickly and easily, and on wet days I prefer not to get too wet!.

So I have a hanging basket outside my kitchen window filled with basil.  I put a lettuce plant in the centre for a bit of interest.  In this way I had basil to hand all summer last year.  I also have a window box with parsley.  This year I will be planting chives and flat leaf parsley along with the curly leafed parsley.

I can reach out the window with scissors and cut whatever herb I want or cut a lettuce leaf or two.


Potted plants in small garden spaces

April 13, 2015 | Filed under Gardening in small spaces

There are lots of ways to make the most of your small garden space.  You may not be able to grow the range of vegetables your parents and grandparetns grew on the bigger slices of land that were typical in the mid-late 20th century.  But that doesn’t mean you need to go without a garden at all. Check out these suggestions from Jane Wrigglesworth

I’m amazed at what some older people are doing in the retirement villages where they often only have a few square meters around their front and back door.  I’ve seen some raised gardens where they grow enough vegetables to be almost self sufficient.  Not a bad achievement.

For more garden and other ideas have a look at our Pinterest posts.

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