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Birds Picking at Weeds
The blackbirds have been having a field day on our lawns picking at the weeds, which when you pull at them, the ground is bone dry. What can I use to fix this problem?
Basil from the supermarket
Why do the basil plants I buy at the supermarket not thrive? Instead of bushing up and looking healthy they look weedy and have minimal leaves.
Avocados and Chestnuts
Can my self-seeded avocados, in Masterton, produce edible fruit? Also, I have a large horse chestnut tree, and while walking in the park I collected chestnuts and their casings from two different looking chestnut trees, in case they’re edible. How do I identify them?
How can I attract butterflies to my garden? What plants do they like? I tried growing swan plants but haven’t had any success. What conditions do they need to grow?
I am preparing my garden for summer planting. When I apply blood and bone or other fertilisers, should I dig them in or leave them on top for the rain to soak them in?
Instead of having a ‘regular’ lawn, I would like to plant native grasses and tussocks. What would you recommend?
All About Lawns
A Perfect Crop of Carrots
I’ve tried to grow carrots but don’t seem to have much success. Can planting them in the same spot cause problems?
A Pair of Feijoa Trees
Is it absolutely necessary to have a pair of feijoa trees to produce the best quality and quantity of fruit? Feijoa species: Unique, Location: Christchurch.
A Damaged Peach Tree
Last spring I planted a miniature peach tree in a sunny spot in my garden. It was very healthy until it was flooded and lost most of its leaves. Should I replant in a drier place, or replace it?
This year I planted the usual potatoes and about half way through the season the leaves started to close up and had brown edges. When I dug them up the potatoes were marble size or smaller. I plant in a different place each year. Can you help?
I want to grow coriander this summer. I want to faster germination of the seeds as it takes 3 weeks for them to grow. Should I plant the whole seeds or as my friend suggest slowly split the seeds into half with a rolling pin and soak the seeds overnight?
Cutting Back Rosemary
I have never been successful in growing herbs except for a rosemary plant which is now 15 years old. It’s now very tall and I would like to cut it back but am not sure if it's been left too long to do that. Can you offer any advice please?
Green Rhubarb Stalks
My question is about rhubarb. We have a couple of good size plants but the stalks never seem to go red, they always stay green. Help! Rhubarb jam just isn't the same.
Vegetable Planter Box
I’m having to shift my vege planter box, have you got any tips for repositioning it, and what I can do to boost the soil please?
Vegetables in Containers
We’ve just moved into a new house and have limited space garden wise. We’d like to grow our own vegetables this summer; can this be done in containers?
Protecting Vegetable Seedlings
Our small vegetable seedlings are getting eaten. We have carefully searched the plants and can’t find any bugs. We have also used slug/snail pellets but no luck. The plants get eaten to nothing. What can we do?
I am having trouble growing radishes. I have tried various places in our garden and several types and brands. I get top growth but nothing underneath. What can I do?