Revegetation - Repairing our Damage

Many of the world's ecosystems have undergone significant degradation with negative impacts on biological diversity and peoples' livelihoods. There is now a growing realisation that we will not be able to conserve the earth's biological diversity through the protection of critical areas alone. read more >>

Beyond the Shortest Day - by Ruby Ward

Winter - chilly mornings, long shadows, wet lawns, and little time to work in the garden except the weekends - if the weather is kind. But there is so much that needs doing. Every weekend I have a list as long as my arm. read more >>

Sorting out the seeds - by Sarah O'Neil

How many seed packets is too many? I have 142 - but this only includes the ones I could find. There are bound to be a few packets tucked away in unlikely places, left there as I came inside from a seed sowing session in the garden last sprin read more >>

Sensational Scent - Daphne

A single sprig of daphne can fill a room with perfume. Such powerful fragrance on a small evergreen shrub is especially precious in mid winter! read more >>

How to make compost

A good composting system will consume all your garden debris and food scraps, rewarding you with one of nature's most fundamental allies. Compost feeds your soil, which in turn feeds your plants. read more >>

Under Cover

Spot a backyard greenhouse and you could be forgiven for imagining a resident 'expert' or 'plant-nut'. But these days, greenhouses aren't just for diehard gardeners. They're for anybody - from novice to expert - whatever the climate. read more >>

Cabbage

Eating lots of cabbage - and other brassicas, such as broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, cavolo nero, kale and Chinese greens - helps keep us 'regular' and reduces our risk of cancer. read more >>

Bee Friendly

As gardeners, there is much we can for the good of our planet. Sarah Thornton meets a gardener who's championing the cause to help our bees. read more >>

Banksia's for birdlife

The sight and sound of birds in the garden lifts the spirits and soothes the soul. Studies show that birdsong can even increase your property value. NZ tui, bellbirds and wax eyes have a sound all of their own, that most of us think extra special - something worth encouraging with the right kind of planting. read more >>

Reduce your Footprint - Plant your Backyard

We often hear about the need to reduce our carbon footprint and be green. But how can we, as individuals, do our part to help? Thinking about your plant selection and surrounding habitat, recycling, composting and conserving water all help. read more >>

 

Legionnaire's disease

Gardening is an enjoyable and healthy pastime. However each year a few gardeners contract legionnaires' disease. There are simple steps you can take to lessen the risk.

 

Fill pots with ready flowering annuals for instant spring colour; pansies, primulas, cinerarias, violas, lobelia and alyssum.
Protect young seedlings and other tender plants from late frosts by placing pots under shelter or covering with frost cloth.
Sow peas diectly into well prepared soil with added compost.
Sow sweet peas directly into well prepared soil.
       
To sprout seed potatoes before planting, lay them in trays in a warm dry spot with indirect light. They are ready to plant in when the shoots are about 1cm long