How To

Sow simple!
Today's modern, easy-to-grow lawn seed, specially blended to suit specific situations and uses, means growing a new lawn from seed has never been quicker or easier. Enjoy the satisfaction that comes from creating your own smooth patch of green lawn!
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Battle the bugs
As summer warms up, bugs get busy. Protecting our plants is a multi-pronged approach, and in the battle against bugs, it's best to act before the damage is done. Awareness and early intervention are key if we are to stay on top of pest populations.
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Create easy baskets
Hanging baskets are a joy to plant and bring colour to eye level. Planted properly they'll keep on blooming right though summer and autumn
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Grow beans
There are all sorts of beans, both annual (a one season life span) and perennial (lasting many seasons).
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Grow beautiful tomatoes
To grow beautiful tomatoes you will need - warm sunny weather, good clean soil (or planting mix), seeds or seedlings, stakes, tomato food and water
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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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Grow crops in pots
Who doesn't love the idea of eating fresh homegrown fruit and vegetables every day? Anyone can make it happen, even when there's no dirt to dig. If your outdoors is tiny or temporary (or if the prospect of digging is putting you off getting started) growing crops in pots is the way to go, especially in winter.
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Grow greens to go
Eat Your Greens! Here we explore the delights of growing a constant supply of fresh healthy greens to feed the family - 365 days of the year.
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Make a Summer berry barrel
Summer berries can be grown even if you are short on space. This project turns a half barrel or large pot into a portable 'berry patch' featuring three of your favourite climbing berries.
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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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Brassica massacre
Most of us happily shrug off the odd hole in a home grown cabbage leaf, but serving poached caterpillars with the broccoli gets beyond a joke! White butterfly and the smaller diamond back moth are two major pests of brassica crops in warmer months.
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Grow brassicas
Autumn is planting time for the queen of the brassicas, broccoli.
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Grow feijoas
Feijoas thrive in New Zealand gardens. Find out how easy it is to produce bumper winter crops in your own garden, and which varieties might be right for you & we've a muffin recipe too!
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Grow root vegetables
Once you've sampled the earthy sweetness of carrots and parsnips from your own garden, the shop bought ones may never taste the same.
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Grow Spring bulbs in pots
Autumn is bulb planting time. We have a good three months (more in the north), to get them planted, but for the pick of the season's best, its best to buy early in the season.
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Sow right!
After a long hot summer, lawns can need attention. A complete re-sow may be required or simply a repair job on existing lawns. Autumn is the perfect time with the promise of mild-er temperatures and rainfall
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Care for roses in winter
Six months from now, roses will be charming us with their beauty and fragrance. They'll be all the more intoxicating if we pamper them a little over the next few months
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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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Grow 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.
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Grow citrus
No wonder citrus trees are so popular. With their cheerful winter colour, delicious health-giving fruit, glossy evergreen leaves, fragrant blossoms, a lovely shape and not too large. What more could we want from a tree?
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Grow 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!
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Grow espaliered fruit trees
Growing fruit trees flat against a wall or along a wire is a great way to grow a lot of fruit in a small space
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Grow new plants from cuttings
One of the great advantages of growing new plants from cuttings is that they will be exact replicas of the parent plant from which they were taken, and Autumn is a good time to start.
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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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Grow poppies
Cold hardy poppies are some of the prettiest flowers of winter and spring. In mild climates they are ideally sown in autumn. In coldest climates they are best sown in spring to avoid heavy frosts
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Grow silverbeet
Humble Hero - the virtues of a great kiwi standby.
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Grow your greens
They are among winter's most powerful health foods, especially when you grow your own. The nutrient rich veges we call brassicas reach peak flavour when chilly weather causes their sugar content to rise
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Know your onions
Even if you don't have the space to grow your own supply of fat brown bulbs, you need never be without an onion alternative. Its flavour and health benefits abound in a whole family of easily accommodated plants.
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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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Transplant a shrub or small tree
Sometimes it can't be helped - you realise you have planted a tree in the wrong place and it must be moved. The best time to do this is while the tree is dormant and is least likely to suffer water stress, in late autumn, winter or early spring.
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When less is more
As the leaves drop from the trees it's time to reach for the pruning tools.
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20 Seed Sowing Tips
Spring is the main season for starting your own plants from seed. It's hugely satisfying and can save money too!
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Grow early veges and strawberries
The most delicious vegetables of all are those whose season is short. And the shorter the delay from garden to plate, the more divine they will taste - which means there's no better way than growing your own. It's time to plant now!
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Grow easy salads from seed
Leafy greens are among the healthiest foods we could eat. They are also the easiest food to grow.
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Grow parsnips
Growing perfect parsnips is all about preparation, precision and patience. Sue Linn learns some time-honoured tricks.
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Grow 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.
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Grow your best ever roses
Getting the best from your roses starts at the beginning, with choosing the right varieties and planting them with the best possible care.
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Kids Go Gardening - how to grow sunflowers
Plant a little seed now and watch it grow into a beautiful sunshine flower that's taller than you!
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Kids Go Gardening - how to sow your name in seed
Sow your name and eat it - in springtime it's time to get sowing and get growing! Loads of fantastic plants can be grown from seed
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Growing hebes
Hebe is New Zealand's most diverse shrub genus, with nearly a hundred different species occurring across our two islands. They're also our most extensively bred and cultivated plants, offering a bewildering choice of cultivars.
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Kids Go Gardening - grow hyacinth bulbs in a pot
Autumn and early winter are the best times to plant bulbs. Plant some bubs in pots now and you'll be amazed at the results in spring!
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Build and improve your soil
Great soil is a gardener's best friend. Hidden below ground level, it's too often forgotten, until you wonder why your plants are failing to thrive! The answer lies in organic matter
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Lay mulch
A mulch is a layer of material spread on the soil surface. Useful in any part of the garden, mulching can save a great deal of time and energy.
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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.
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Repotting
Sooner or later all container plants need repotting. Some benefit from repotting every year. Others can wait longer, but it's amazing what fresh potting mix can do for a worn-out houseplant, tree or shrub
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Family ties
What do you get when you plant a number of different fruit trees in the same hole? A 'Family Tree' with a super long harvest! This clever idea from Waimea Nurseries is a great way to grow lots of fruit in a town-sized garden.
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24-Nov-2017