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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.


Your garden loves coffee too

June 30, 2014 Filed under Tip of the Day, Growing vegetables

You love your morning coffee to get you started on your day.  But what do you do with your coffee grounds?  Flush them down the sink or the toilet?  uh-uh – not a good idea unless you want big plumber’s bills for unclogging your drains. Tip them into your rubbish to go to the landfill?  Maybe but a bit of a waste of good used coffee grounds?

Why would you waste such good garden food when your plants will love you for feeding them your left over coffee.  Now how good it that – yo get to enjoy your morning coffee fix – and your garden grows better with the leftover coffee grounds.

Check out twelve ways of using coffee in your garden.

If you;re not a coffee drinker but you’re happy to see your garden grow better go to your local cafe/barista/coffee cart and ask for the bag of coffee grounds that they often have waiting – for someone just like you



gardening ideas for small spaces

January 3, 2014 Filed under Gardening in small spaces

Here are some innovative ideas for you to try if you want to have a garden but have very little room.  Or even if you have plenty of room but want to create something different.

Linda Hancock suggests making garden boxes using old drawers. 

Or you could create a herb or vegetable garden on your deck using wooden crates

What about half barrels and old tin tubs

There’s actually no end to what you can use to grow your garden.  The limit is your imagination – and what’s available to you.

If its summer where you are, go hunting around your property or second hand shops for potential containers.  If its winter for you right now, then you can think about what you might find and use next summer.

Make sure there are drainage holes in the bottom and fill the container with a good garden or potting mix.  Then plant your seedlings and watch them grow.


Spring vegetable planting

October 12, 2012 Filed under Growing vegetables

Sunday was warm and sunny so it was time to get out in the garden and clean up the raised beds ready for spring planting of lettuces, brassicas (cauliflower, broccoli, cabbage) and later this month when the cold nights have hopefully gone – tomatoes, zucchini, capsicums and aubergines. Read more

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