In the Garden - General Garden

Bringing nature indoors
Along with the retro revival of all things mid-century, houseplants are making a big comeback in fashionable living spaces worldwide. This all bodes well for happy, healthy homes
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Be a sun smart gardener
Gardening is a healthy pursuit in so many ways, but it is also an outdoor pursuit. Sue Linn relates how she deals with her love of gardening and being safe in the sun
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Feeding time
Spring's perfect combo of warm sunshine and rain means growth is at its most exuberant. All this activity needs fuel to keep it going, so now is the time to get feeding.
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Preparing for Spring
With plants waking up and beginning to grow, spring is time for action on all fronts. A little attention during this early growth phase will see your garden blooming for the rest of the warm season - and then some!
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Good, green giving
When it's hot and humid out there, with little time to spare, the last thing we feel like doing is battling traffic or navigating crowded shopping malls. A garden centre is just the place to escape the stress, a healthy refreshing environment that calms frazzled minds, and where there is a gift for just about anyone.
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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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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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Safer & Healthier Gardening
Gardening is one of the most popular leisure activities in New Zealand. It lets people enjoy nature and grow their own produce. However, despite its quiet, healthy image, there are some risks involved in gardening. This simple safety guide is designed to help you reduce these risks and get even more enjoyment from your garden.
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Basic TLC for Grasses
Grasses are easy to grow, but a little pampering goes a long way. Plants that end up looking sad and shabby after a few years are usually the result of too much or too little water, or a less than ideal climate.
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Grasses - form and function
Beautiful grasses produce stunning visual effects, whether you plant en masse or weave them into the garden. They're easy too, but the trick, for long-term satisfaction, is to plant the right varieties for your soil and climate.
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Sun worshippers
Impatiens; they're a top choice for cheerful garden borders or adding bright pops of colour among shrubs and perennials. But they've always needed shade. That is, until SunPatiens came along!
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12 time savers for gardeners
A garden is a place to relax and unwind. If yours sometimes feels more like a chore, here are twelve ways you can make your garden less time consuming.
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Adding value
Sarah Thornton investigates the the hidden fortune in our backyards
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Building a garden - layer upon layer
The dramatic effects of planting in layers - how to plan and plant a garden using the layered approach
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Going organic
Seven key strategies towards achieving the healthy, spray-free garden of your aspirations. Plus companion planting inspiration.
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Never too late to bloom
Two kindergartens were announced in February as winners in the Daltons Late Bloomers competition, which is part of the popular Daltons Sunflowers in Kindergartens Project
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Pest watch
Slugs and snails must the most despicable garden pests. Sarah O'Neil considers her options.
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About Hardiness Zones
A plants ability to handle cold conditions is an important factor in what will grow where. Most of NZ is covered by Zones 8 through 10.
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29-Jun-2017