How To - Autumn Gardening

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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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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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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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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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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22-Oct-2017