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Prepare Your Garden for a Hot, Dry Summer
Best Time to Plant Basil in Dunedin
What is the best time, and condition, to plant Basil in Dunedin to maximise the crop? To achieve this what is the best condition of the state of soil and what is the best position/situation of the planned new Basil bed, should it be fully sunny or partly shaded? In addition to this, what is the best fertiliser to use? Can the seedlings be planted in succession to achieve the most continuous use of the herb?
How to Grow Strawberries
How to Grow Tomatoes
Are cherry tomato plants better grown in pots? If so, which variety would you recommend, and should it be one plant per pot or can I add more?
How to Grow Fruit Trees and Berries
Rust my garlic, silverbeet, onions, spinach
How do I prevent rust on my garlic, silverbeet, onions, spinach etc?
Growing Beans & Peas
I grew beans and peas in the same patch for two years but noticed a reduction in harvest. What should I add to the soil to encourage bumper crops?
This summer our garden had an infestation of Passionvine Hoppers, otherwise known as “Fluffy Bums”. There have been large amounts of them on most plants and trees throughout the garden, and spraying has not eradicated them. What is the best spray to use and is there one to destroy the eggs during winter?
Summer Care for Your Garden
How to Grow in Containers
How to Grow Passionfruit
With our guide, you’ll soon be picking passionfruit from your very own vine!
November Gardening Tasks
Summer Gardening Tips
Planter Box Vegges
How often should I water and fertilise my vegetables (tomatoes, lettuce etc) which are in a planter box? Also, what’s the best way to deter the cats from using my planter boxes as their toilet?
I have tried 3 times now to grow Wisteria in my garden with no success. My garden is very dry in the summer and is surrounded by many trees. I would love to have this plant growing on my fences.
How to Grow Potatoes
Gardening with Children
What are the best plants for children to grow? I would love to start a garden with the Tamariki I look after.
How to Grow NZ Natives
I bought a Red Kakabeak plant at the beginning of winter. It seemed to be growing well then all of a sudden it started losing its leaves. I have now bare branches but new growth is showing. Have you any ideas?
September Gardening Tasks
Gardening in a small space
With very limited garden space, what would you recommend as your top five "no fail" crops (so I don't waste my time and money)?
Controlling an Armyworm infestation
How can I control an armyworm infestation? And can we add to the soil after such heavy rain?
How to Grow Herbs
Preparing your Garden for Spring
How to Garden With Children
Potatoes for Christmas
I was wondering if September is a good time to get some spuds into the garden to be ready for Christmas day?
How to Espalier Fruit Trees
Refreshing the Soil in my Vege Pod
August Gardening Tasks
Growing Pohutukawa – New Zealand’s Christmas Tree
Potted Edible Plants
Can you suggest what edible plants would be suitable to grow in pots on my north facing deck and the correct soil mix.