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Sharp pruning tips for gardeners in New Plymouth

Sharp pruning tips for gardeners in New Plymouth

Top techniques for winter pruning will be covered at a free public workshop at Tupare in New Plymouth on Sunday (10 August).

Aimed at the home gardener, the workshop will particularly focus on pruning ornamental shrubs and climbers such as hydrangeas and camellias.

Gardening: Several shades of cauliflower

Gardening: Several shades of cauliflower

By Tod Palenski, Awapuni Nurseries

Did you know there are a hundreds of different varieties of cauliflower available around the world? And that white isn't the only colour cauliflower comes in?

Oily Rag column: Smashing pumpkins

Oily Rag column: Smashing pumpkins

By Frank and Muriel Newman

Gardening off the smell of an oily rag should not just be about practical edibles like cabbage, cauli’s and carrots. For fun - giant fun - in the garden, why not try your hand at growing giant pumpkins!

Support for Legionella guidelines on safe gardening

Following this week’s tragic news concerning recent cases of Legionella infection (legionellosis) in Christchurch, Nursery and Garden Industry New Zealand (NGINZ) endorses Ministry of Health guidelines on safe gardening.

Easy oregano

Easy oregano

Oregano is super easy to plant. Got a corner in your vege garden that looks a bit empty? Simply dig a little hole and plant your oregano seedling. You don't even have to wait for oregano to grow to harvest from it, although I would advise against doing that.

Add colour with asters

If you're garden is still looking a little post-winter dreary then you need to plant asters.

These retro looking daisies come in a wide ranging selection of colours including blue, purple, red and pink, and will add the vibrancy your garden needs.

Garden enthusiasts brave the elements

Garden enthusiasts brave the elements

Despite the rain, dozens of people turned up to the Daltons School of Gardening workshop this past Saturday the 17th of December.

Create a country cottage feel with cosmos

Create a country cottage feel with cosmos

I'm going to put myself on the line and say cosmos are one of the easiest plants you can possibly grow. They don't attract aphids. They don't catch diseases and they'll grow in just about any weather conditions.

Time for thyme

Time for thyme

In my humble opinion, thyme is a must have for any herb garden.

According to that most reliable source of information the World Wide Web the general rule of using herbs in cooking is if in doubt use thyme. So if theres one herb every edible garden needs, its this one.

Oily Rag Column: Spring planting

Oily Rag Column: Spring planting

By Frank and Muriel Newman

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