Apr 272017
 

While the southern parts of Australia have donned winter pyjamas and flannelette sheets, the northern states are still revelling in warm, and mostly sunny autumn days. Regardless of the conditions in your little patch of paradise, there is still loads to do this month. Get set for those produce plants that need the cooler weather to grow. Continue reading »

Apr 272017
 

What’s in a seed? A seed contains the blueprint or instructions to produce a new plant. Traditionally all seeds were open-pollinated. That is, the pollen from the anther (male part of the flower) entered the stigma and travelled to the ovary (female part of the flower).  Fertilisation occurred and seeds were formed with or without fruit.  There are many forms of fertilisation but this is the basic concept.

Over time we have seen desirable features in plants – its flowers or fruit, hardiness or appearance – and have sought to improve them to create more desirability.  Different types of seed have been developed for many given plants.  In this article we are seeking to explain what these differences are and what they mean for you. Continue reading »

Apr 272017
 

Every garden is sometimes afflicted with pests – grasshoppers, cabbage white butterfly caterpillars, scale and aphids being very common.  Is it always necessary to use a spray, either bought or home-made?  Just having certain plants in your garden can help repel insects or confuse them with their strong scent.  If they are planted near susceptible plants they will contribute to keeping insects at bay. Continue reading »

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