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What are weeds?
In part 2 of this weed control series, I try to answer the simple, but not entirely straightforward, question -[...]
Soil texture analysis: what kind of soil do you have?
It is important to carry out a soil texture analysis for any garden that you want to plant in. This[...]
How to Grow Narcissus: Daffodil Plant Notes
Narcissus spp. Common name : Daffodil Family : Amaryllidaceae A bulbous soft wooded perennial with around 50 species and countless[...]
My beautiful flowers
I'm delighted to introduce the first reader's contribution to be featured on the site. This post was submitted by Connie[...]
Suburban garden makeover: Part 4 – the garden after 1 year
The mature garden - after only one year On this page you'll see the garden at its zenith in its[...]
Suburban garden makeover: Part 3 – growing plants in the maturing garden
The pictures on this page show the garden in its first spring and early summer. One thing to note is[...]
Acanthus mollis: For foliage and flowers, sun and shade
Acanthus mollis Common name : Oyster Plant, Bear’s Breeches Family : Acanthaceae Acanthus mollis is a plant I very often[...]
Taking care of dahlias: the trick with deadheading
To my mind, one of the greatest strengths of dahlias, is that they can go on flowering from mid-summer right[...]
Soil texture: digging deeper into the soil in your garden
It's hard to overstate how important it is for gardeners to understand the soil in their garden. The soil dictates[...]
Why get rid of weeds?
In the other posts in this weed control series, I've written about what weeds are and made the point that,[...]
Suburban garden makeover: from lawn to lush
In this 5 part series, I'll show you the process of transforming a good sized suburban garden from boring lawnscape[...]
Gardening convert: the story of a new gardener
When I was a nipper, Mum and Dad were not gardeners. Our garden was so overgrown me and my mates[...]