Grow capsicums and chillies

Grow capsicums and chillies

Early summer is the time to plant sweet peppers and hot peppers. They're fun to grow with so many different colours, shapes and sizes to choose from.
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Flowers for summer pots

Flowers for summer pots

Green fingers are not required for an impressive display that continues right through summer till the first frost now there is a wealth of choice for summer pots and baskets.
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Grow pumpkins

Grow pumpkins

Pumpkin is a 'super food', rich in life enhancing nutrients, particularly potassium. Growing pumpkins takes more space than most vegetables, but if you have the space, it's straightforward and very satisfying.
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Legionnaires' 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 ...
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Kids Go Gardening - make a bean hut

Kids Go Gardening - make a bean hut

Summer time means long, hot days and lots of time spent outside. Wouldn't it be great to have your own hideaway?
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Designing with flowers

Designing with flowers

If colour is your thing, or if you love to keep your vases full of flowers, modern breeding has delivered a plethora of plants that deliver bloom after bloom in the hottest months of year. Master the art of planting a garden that keeps on giving throughout summer and beyond.
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Bee plants for gardens

Bee plants for gardens

Much of the best food we eat is pollinated by bees. NZ's bee population contribute about $5 billion to our economy per year. Unfortunately, with loss of habitat, the increasing use of pesticides and the invasion of the varroa mite, the world's bees are at risk. As gardeners, we can play a part in helping their survival.
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Greenlife Matters

We know plants and green spaces are good for us. But did you know plants can provide health & wellbeing, economic, social and sustainable environmental solutions?
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Summer inspiration


Living art

Living art

When an evergreen shrub is sculpted into an interesting or architectural shape, it takes on the role of a garden statue, a focal point or accent amid the free flow forms of grasses or perennials. In the middle of winter, an evergreen can create a real point of interest while flowers are sleeping.
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Up close with aphids

Up close with aphids

If you grow vegetables, roses, dahlias, citrus, or other fruit trees you will have aphids in your garden. As soon as the weather warms and your plants flush into succulent spring growth, aphids are ready.
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Summer from seed

Summer from seed

November is planting time for some favourite summer crops. Sarah O'Neil speaks from experience about sowing seed outdoors.
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Loads of colour

Loads of colour

Now is the time to begin loading colourful plants into your garden to ensure you have a blazing display to attract as many butterflies as possible. Butterflies are attracted to a colourful scene and will even fight over an appealing area claiming territory.
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Inspiration for Kids

A quarterly mini magazine for children containing colour projects and puzzles to encourage the next generation of gardeners. FREE bonus Yates Seed with each issue

Collaborative composting

Collaborative composting

People are wasteful, and we're running out of space to dump our waste. A simple way to reduce waste is to use it to create compost! Composting improves soil ecology, saves organic waste going to landfill, and reduces the associated costs of waste disposal
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Green gift giving

Green gift giving

"Gift a gift that keeps growing and benefits the environment." Plants are a perfect gift for anyone and with a little tender loving care they'll still be around, probably bigger and better, next Christmas.
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Forget air con - plant more trees!

Forget air con - plant more trees!

As spring heats up and we head into summer more and more air conditioners will be turned on, sucking through electricity. But are we missing an obvious leafy solution? Plants and trees provide shade and act as natural air conditioners.
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Let the children play - OUTSIDE!

Let the children play - OUTSIDE!

Nature Deficit Disorder is affecting our children. Although this phenomenon is not an actual medical diagnosis, research shows that a lack of playing outside in parks and green spaces is contributing to various physical and mental health issues!
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