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Snapdragons - The Perfect Companion

Snapdragons - The Perfect Companion

When I think of dragons, words like fiery, fierce and ferocious come to mind - definitely not friendly or companionable. So it can be hard to see the similarities between the fairytale monster and the similarly named flower – the snapdragon.

Onions - The Essential Ingredient In Any Garden

Onions - The Essential Ingredient In Any Garden

Onions are a staple ingredient in my kitchen. My bean spectacular – as I like to call it, butotherwise known as Chilli Con Carne – lacks flavour and fullness without them. Can you tell I’ve been watching the cooking channel lately?

Mowing In The Rain Can Control Californian Thistle

Mowing In The Rain Can Control Californian Thistle

For years farmers have had anecdotal evidence that mowing pasture in the rain helps to reduce the abundance of Californian thistle (Cirsium arvense), which is the most destructive pastoral weed in New Zealand.

City Gardeners Urges To Get Bee-sy

City Gardeners Urges To Get Bee-sy

Urban gardeners are being urged to lend a hand to a small and often overlooked worker that plays a huge part in New Zealand’s economic well-being – the humble honey bee.

Easter Gardeners Reminded Of The Dangers Of Potting-Mix/Compost

Easter Gardeners Reminded Of The Dangers Of Potting-Mix/Compost

Cantabrians are being reminded of the dangers of potting mix and compost when gardening this Easter weekend.

Tomatoes Top Seed In NZ Fruit And Vegetable Charts

Tomatoes Top Seed In NZ Fruit And Vegetable Charts

Tomatoes are the number one favourite vegetable in New Zealand, but only just ...

The latest Household Economic Survey figures show New Zealanders bought $99 million worth of tomatoes in 2010, only slightly ahead of our spending on potatoes, at $98.9 million.

Gardeners Warned About Soil Mix

Gardeners Warned About Soil Mix

Wellington, Dec 4 NZPA - Gardeners who use potting mix are being warned about the risk of catching legionnaires' disease after an elderly woman died from the disease.

Death And Taxes… And Now Rhubarb

Death And Taxes… And Now Rhubarb

Benjamin Franklin once famously said “in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes."

NZ Gardener Announces Regional Gardening Role Models

A Dunedin man who has gifted more than two million daffodil bulbs to be planted around Otago; a South Auckland man on a mission to build up his community, one vege garden at a time; and a blind man from Picton who grows all his family's fruit and vege are among 15 regional winners in the running

You Say Potato, I Say … Plant Now!

You Say Potato, I Say … Plant Now!

Po-tay-to, po-tahh-to – however you say it, now’s the time to plant one of New Zealand’s favourite veges. So get outdoors and gear up for spuds this summer.