How To - Winter Gardening

Grow your own groceries
With escalating prices and shortages at the supermarkets, there is no better time to get started on planting fruit trees and bushes for your own home-grown groceries.
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How to grow a 'green manure' crop
At the end of summer, if you have nothing planned for your vege space, sow a green manure crop.
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Kids Go Gardening - grow hyacinth bulbs
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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A beginners guide to growing beautiful roses
There are no secrets behind growing the worlds most loved flowers. Think sunshine and good soil at planting time, then follow the basics and your roses will reward you with their most beautiful best.
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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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Dressed to impress - how to grow lilies
Lovely lilies are easier to grow than their extraordinary good looks might suggest.
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Espalier fruit trees
Popular in the Middle Ages, the art of Espaliering could be the answer for urban would-be orchardists with ever smaller back yards.
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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 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 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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Prune pipfruit in winter
Winter is pruning time for apple and pear trees. Pruning is both a science and an art. There is no right or wrong way, but following some basic principles is the best route to success without stress.
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Ten steps to growing beautiful roses
When roses drop their leaves for their winter sleep, the ideal planting season has arrived.
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Transplant a shrub or small tree
Sometimes a tree gets planted 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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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 potatoes
As rising food prices and the desire to eat healthier food have many of us turning back to the vege patch, the humble but highly nutritious potato is one of the easiest crops we can grow.
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Nine timely tasks for beautiful roses
Rose bushes are some of the longest flowering plants in the garden, blooming from early summer right through until winter. To keep them at their beautiful best, make the most of the winter months to pamper your rose plants as you enjoy the cool crisp weather outdoors.
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Potatoes - an early crop
A sunny patch of soil, a tub, a bucket or a sack is all you need to grow a satisfying crop of potatoes to harvest in time for Christmas. Planted in mid-winter, they may be ready to eat as early as October or November.
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Build & 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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19-May-2024