In the Garden - Spring Gardening

Kids Go Gardening - peas in a pod
There's nothing like eating peas straight from the garden - just pop a pod open to find the sweet green peas inside. Grow your own delicious peas to pick and eat.
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Silverbeet - the humble hero
Silverbeet is versatile and easy. Sow or plant this healthy staple regularly and you'll never be without fresh greens to eat. Sue Linn tells us how
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Spring bulbs A to Z
Get busy planting bulbs in autumn, so come spring, you'll have beautiful flowers to enjoy outdoors, and some more to pick.
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Bold and beautiful
Late winter is planting time for two classic summer flowers. Both are excellent for picking. Dahlia tubers and gladioli corms arrive in garden centres in July and August.
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10 crops for Christmas
The arrival of spring is warmly welcomed. It's the perfect time to grab a spade and start growing vegetables for the new season. However caution should be exercised
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Edibles in containers
Strawberries don't just look pretty cascading over the edge of pots, tubs and planter boxes. They thrive - because perfect drainage is essential if you want to grow strawberries successfully
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For the love of colour
There's no season like spring to inspire the gardener that's in all of us. Now's the time to create a flower garden that will bring out the artist in you
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Growing a fresh spring crunch
After a winter of hearty comfort food, the desire for something with crunch becomes more like a craving. Here's how to grow a non-stop supply of fresh salad greens.
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Growing azaleas and rhododendrons
Azaleas and Rhododendrons are versatile shrubs with dazzling displays of flowers from late winter to early summer, and a variety of foliage and growth forms.
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Inspired by nature - creating with flowers
Spring is all about colour. Whether it's filling pots with flowers that continue from now until next winter or planting something more permanent, getting creative with flowers is one of the great pleasures of the new season.
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Kids Go Gardening - plants that climb
Plants that climb are called vines. Some of them grow super-fast from a seed and will give you lots of fruit to eat or flowers to pick by the end of summer.
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Kids Go Gardening - grow kumara
When it's too cold for planting outside, get busy indoors. Kumara (or 'sweet potatoes') are tropical plants which only grow outside when it's warm, but you can give them a head start by starting them off in a warm sunny room indoors.
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Kids Go Gardening - happy habitats
Growing flowers and building shelters is taking care of nature!
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Kids Go Gardening - like magic!
Grow seedlings in little pots for planting outside later. It's a great way to start summer plants like tomatoes and cucumbers which need to be kept warm until the weather is warm enough.
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Playing favourites
Two flower loving horticulturists share some of the spring treasures they wouldn't want to be without in their own gardens.
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Ready set grow!
A beginner's guide to growing summer vegetables.
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Spring in the vege patch
12 timely tasks and seed sowing tips to get the best in your vege patch
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Spring time is feeding time
Spring brings warmer longer days and nature literally springs into life. Sap is flowing, buds have burst and seedlings leap into growth. All this activity needs fuel to keep it going.
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Steps to a beautiful lawn
As cool green carpet to walk bare-foot in summer or a safe play space for kids and pets, there is nothing quite like a lawn to entice us out into the fresh air and connect with nature.
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Success with Seeds
Be cautious about planting seedlings too early into cold soil, but we can prepare the soil and get seedlings started in a sunny place indoors or under the protective cover of a greenhouse.
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The great garden salad
When we grow them at home, our salads are as organic and as fresh as we choose. Fresher than a shop bought 'garden salad' can ever be.
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Vintage flowers
Simple flowers that have graced our gardens for centuries owe their long standing popularity as much to their extraordinary functionality as their enduring beauty.
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Fresh start
If winter has had you reaching for the comfort food, spring is the time to turn over a new leaf and plant a garden full of healthy, nutrient dense food.
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Home grown tomatoes
There is no denying the superior taste of a home grown tomato, and those who grow their own enjoy the most exciting smorgasbord of varieties.
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Let's talk tomatoes
Pearls of wisdom from experienced Kiwi gardeners
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Non-stop crops - the art of succession planting
For those who love to grow what they eat, the season of plenty has arrived. October is a huge month for planting a huge range of vegetable crops. Almost anything can go in the ground in spring.
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Sow, grow, eat
Apart from the wonderful sense of satisfaction and potential to save money, growing vegetables from seed offers a broad choice of exciting varieties to grow and eat.
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Sweet sensation
Here comes summer and the joy of home grown tomatoes! These days there is a huge range of different varieties to try make growing tomatoes even more fun.
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The taste of summer
There is something about the strange smell the tomato plant gives off, the scent of anticipation. Soon there will be tomatoes ripening within the branches
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Tomatoes with Sarah
Sarah O'Neil reflects on the trials and tribulations of learning how to grow tomatoes
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Vine ripe
Growing tomatoes is a bit like fishing - everyone has a story. Talking to experienced gardeners is a great way to learn new tricks, but as all those stories indicate, there are lots of pathways to the perfect tomato.
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Bite sized
We know it's good for them, but getting children excited about fresh fruit can be trying. One time-honoured approach is to think bite-sized portions for pint-sized people. These colourful mini fruits from Waimea Nurseries are child friendly, tasty and easy to grow, perfect for a family garden.
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Lavender Ruffles
Fall in love with the impressive Lavender Ruffles series - fragrant, colourful and easy to grow.
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Mini marvel
Stunning new release, Flower Carpet® rose Mini Cherry has petite cherry red blooms set on a low growing habit, ideal for edging pathways or flower borders.
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Planting for pollinators
Flower gardens are great for the planet's little champions. If you do just one thing this spring, plant a pollinator garden.
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Ten ways to plant roses
Inspired to plant a rose? Don't hold back. Contrary to popular belief, roses are not difficult to grow and there are beautiful easy-care varieties to suit every situation.
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Kids Go Gardening - grow swan plants for Monarchs
Gardens are full of amazing creatures, some so small we have to look closely to see them. Others are big and so beautiful we can't miss them! Like the Monarch butterflies
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Kids Go Gardening - grow sweet corn
Sow it, grow it, eat it! Now the days are longer and the soil is warmer, grow the sweet (corn) taste of summer.
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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 - sow seeds in pots
In spring the soil is damp after winter rain, the weather is getting warmer and we have months of long warm days to come. That makes spring the perfect time for seeds to burst into life!
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Kids Go Gardening - wildflowers
Nature works in so many wonderful ways, but sometimes she needs a helping hand, yours will do!
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19-May-2024