New Book - Garden Pest & Disease Control

New Book - Garden Pest & Disease Control

With fewer options on the garden centre shelves for controlling pests and diseases, this book provides solutions for the home gardener by focusing on 'integrated control' using all the tools available.
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Tomato recipes

Tomato recipes

Here's some tasty ways to enjoy this season's tomato crop - bruchetta, insalata caprese & and healthly homemade ketchup.
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Raise Monarchs as easy as ABC

Raise Monarchs as easy as ABC

Growing swan plants to have Monarch butterflies in the garden has become a favourite past-time for many gardeners. The Moths and Butterflies of New Zealand Trust provide some tips.
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Simple steps you can take to make gardening safer - image credit shutterstock.com/JariHindstroem

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 - Edible flowers

Kids Go Gardening - Edible flowers

Some flowers are edible and can be eaten straight out of the garden or used as decorations. They're easy to grow too!
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So cool Salvias

So cool Salvias

There's not much we can do to control the mercury when it comes to Summer's heat, but we can certainly tame the colours in the garden to provide a soothing and cooling palette that's restful to the eye.
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Summer fragrance

Summer fragrance

Fling open a bedroom window and inhale the perfume of summer roses. Sit outdoors on a summer evening or soak in the spa pool surrounded by tropical sensations. Welcome your guests with a waft from exotic smelling delight. Summer is a key time to enjoy some of our most beautiful fragrant plants.
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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


Bee plants for gardens

Bee plants for gardens

Much of the best food we eat is pollinated by bees. Unfortunately, with loss of habitat and the increasing use of pesticides, the world's bees are at risk. As gardeners, we can play a part in helping their survival.
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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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High flyers in the dry

High flyers in the dry

With water conservation on our minds in the post-Christmas months, it's nice to know there are some stunning plants that will stand up to drier, hotter weather conditions and still look sensational.
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Perfectly petunia

Perfectly petunia

How do you like your petunias? Big and blousy or dainty and diminutive? Spreading and tumbling or chunky and upright? Striped, starred, multi-toned or plain? Bright brazen reds, pinks and . . .
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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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Reduce your footprint - plant your backyard

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.
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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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A Guerrilla in the midst?

A Guerrilla in the midst?

Are you sick and tired of seeing unkempt land covered in long scraggly grass, seemingly forgotten and unloved? As a keen gardener you may be tempted to tidy it up, but beware - the moment you plant out someone else's property without their consent you have broken the law.
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