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Gardening Essentials 

Helpful information on growing a better garden!

Growing from Seed

Growing or propagating from seed is something many vegetable gardeners do. It is usually cheaper than buying seedlings, and raising your own seed has the advantage of giving you more control – over exactly how your seeds are raised, and how many you choose to grow at any one time.

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Lawn Care Tips

Lawn can be a great asset to your home, giving you an area outside for entertaining, and a play area for kids and animals. They can be eco-friendly, too! Yes - really! Here's how:...

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Mulch your Veggie Patch

As the weather is warming up, you really should be thinking about mulching your garden.
Vegie gardens are a little bit special...

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Turn Sand into Soil

Growing in Perth's sandy soils is a huge challenge, and according to the results of a recent customer survey, it is one of the biggest frustrations faced by many of our customers.

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Summer Garden Survival

The early part of the year brings some challenges for gardeners. It’s that time when we want to be picking fresh salads daily, however keeping a productive veggie patch is tough with soaring temperatures and drying winds.

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Companion Planting

Companion planting is the careful placement of plants (especially vegetables and herbs) which have been shown to have beneficial effects on one another. Sometimes, this comes down to simple physical reasons – taller plants provide shelter from sun and wind for plants that need protection...

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Crop Rotation

Crop rotation is a simple procedure that involves not planting the same crop in the same soil for a period of years. Depending on space available, the minimum recommended time is two years, while some gardeners prefer a rotation of up to six years...

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Mulch - What, How, Why!

Mulch is essential in our hot summers to protect the roots of plants, and to conserve precious moisture levels in the soil. There are three types of mulches...

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Soil pH

Many gardeners are not aware of how the pH of their soil can affect the growth and health of their plants. Even what the initials ‘pH’ stand for (potential hydrogen) sounds too scientific and confusing for many people. However, you don’t need a science degree – in reality a basic understanding of the principles involved will help you out.

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Soil Fertility - the Essentials

WA's ancient soils are devoid of many nutrients. If you have ever tried growing in gutless Bassendean black sand you will be painfully aware just how hard it is...

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Planning a New Garden

Are you interested in growing your own vegetables and herbs, but not sure what do? Hopefully we can give you some tips and inspiration here to get you started. If you are nervous, start small!

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Organic Growing

Organic growing is about working with nature. Organic gardens evolve over time, as you begin to let a natural balance occur. This means avoiding the use of any 'cides' in your garden... herbicides, fungicides, insecticides, etc. and encouraging natural predators (birds and beneficial insects), stimulating soil life (by adding rich organic matter), and planting to suit the season and local environment...

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