Gardening Basics

Sharpening secateurs

How to sharpen your tools

April 2018

Well-maintained tools make gardening jobs safer and easier. Justin Russell shows how to keep them sharp.

More or less space?

When more is less

April 2018

The more the land, the more ambitious Simon Webster’s gardening vision became. 

Surprise potato

The accidental gardener

March 2018

Simon Webster cottons on to a new way of gardening – expect the unexpected – at Plot Farm. 

Tommy toes

Jobs for February

January 2018

Planning a big weekend in the garden? Justin Russell gives a rundown on some of the major gardening jobs for Feb.

Worm liquid is a relatively easy-to-produce home-made liquid fertiliser.

Liquid gold

January 2018

Penny Woodward investigates the expanding range of liquid fertilisers, from seaweed extracts to manure teas.

A developing tomato

Doing the tomato shake

January 2018

Shake your tomato flowers to help with pollination and set fruit, writes Penny Woodward.

Zucchini are a fast growing summer crop

Starting a vegie garden

October 2017

It's not too late, says Penny Woodward, to plant vegies for summer harvesting.

Spreading mulch

Create a slug barrier

September 2017

Peter Cundall first suggested this method of pear and cherry slug control, writes Penny Woodward. 

 

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