Rose talk

Rose talk

Winter is rose time. It's a great time to plant new roses and the best time to prune and prepare for peak rose performance during the flowering season.
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When less is more

When less is more

As the leaves drop from the trees it's time to reach for the pruning tools.
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Information for gardeners and hikers

Information for gardeners and hikers

For those of you out and about and in the garden, keep a look out for symptoms of Myrtle Rust.
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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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Earthly delights

Earthly delights

Growing perfect carrots, parsnips and beetroot is hugely satisfying once you know how. Sarah O'Neil gets to the root of the matter.
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Multi-talented camellias

Multi-talented camellias

They're like the roses of winter. There is no doubting the beauty of camellia flowers; their shapes, colours and perfumes. But in a world not short of spectacular blooms, camellias offer so much more
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Garden in Winter

Garden in Winter

The last summer's crops have been picked and the veges we planted in autumn are looking good. Much of the garden will soon be sleeping but that doesn't mean we have to hibernate indoors
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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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Winter inspiration


Kids Go Gardening - make a mini Hobbit hole

Kids Go Gardening - make a mini Hobbit hole

If you have watched The Hobbit movie you will know that Hobbits live in underground houses called hobbit holes. You can make a mini one. It's fun and its easy.
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Flowering annuals for Autumn and Winter

Flowering annuals for Autumn and Winter

Autumn, when rains fall on soil that is still holds summer's warmth, is generally a great time for planting. Flowering annuals can establish their roots in readiness for winter and spring flowering.
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Grow peas

Grow peas

Peas are favourite winter grown crops and especially fun for kids who are usually delighted to discover that peas actually come from little green packages call pods, not just frozen in plastic bags.
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Cool weather classics

Cool weather classics

If you want something that lasts longer than a bunch of cut flowers, you can't beat a beautiful flowering cyclamen for the cooler months of the year.
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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

Dream job

Dream job

Keeping the fantasy alive at one of our most popular tourist attractions involves a team of dedicated horticulturists. Sue Linn meets the gardeners at Hobbiton Movie Set.
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Brown Marmorated Stink Bug - Unwanted in NZ!

Brown Marmorated Stink Bug - Unwanted in NZ!

If the brown marmorated stink bug finds its way into New Zealand, the economic impact will be severe. We can all help keep this pest out.
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It's all downhill to Summer

It's all downhill to Summer

June isn't always the most favourite month in anyone's calendar. Unless of course you are an avid skier. It is the first month of winter. Although it is generally a kind month as we still bask in the afterglow of autumn, and so apart from the occasional wet spell or frosty morning, it isn't too bad.
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Out of Africa

Out of Africa

For decades, we've been charmed by their colours and forms, but lately there's been something of a protea renaissance - and an influx of exciting new varieties.
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