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What to grow in August 2018

Days are warmer, but nights are still chilly in Warm and some Temperate areas, many of which need rain. Applying organic mulch to garden beds now not only conserves soil moisture and deters weeds, it also insulates topsoil from temperature … Continue reading

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What to grow in July 2018

Chilly winter weather has begun with some areas already experiencing frosty nights. Frost damage is more likely to occur in parts of the garden where cold air cannot drain away. If plants in your garden have been damaged by frost, … Continue reading

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What to grow in June 2018

It is not too late in most areas to correct pale citrus leaves. These are usually caused by either magnesium or iron deficiency. See: Yellow or pale citrus leaves. Finally, cold weather is setting in, which means it is time … Continue reading

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What to grow in May 2018

It’s time to plant garlic in non-tropical warm and temperate climates, and sow garden peas in frost-free areas directly into a garden bed with a trellis to support the plants. Contrary to some garden guru advice, legumes do need compost … Continue reading

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Purple potatoes

Not only do organic ‘Midnight Purple’ potatoes add interest to a potato salad, purple potatoes are very good for you. Like richly-coloured berries, purple potatoes are full of anthocyanin pigment, an excellent anti-oxidant that we are told is important in … Continue reading

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What to grow in April 2018

This year, April begins in Full Moon phase. Plant spring bulbs in temperate areas and give almond, cherry, nectarine, peach, and pear trees in all areas a drink of seaweed extract tea. It is still warm enough in most areas … Continue reading

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What to grow in March 2018

Nutrient deficiencies often appear on citrus trees in early autumn, particularly magnesium (yellowing in older leaves) or iron (yellowing starts in young leaves) deficiencies, and these deficiencies will affect the quality of your crop. To correct any problems, see: Pale … Continue reading

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Leaf-eating ladybird

This ugly little creature is the larva of the leaf-eating ladybird. Stressed plants in prolonged hot, dry conditions attract these pests. The larvae become almost black as they reach pupa stage. Both adults and larvae of leaf-eating ladybirds are particularly … Continue reading

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What to grow in February 2018

If you have had problems with Stink Bugs, now is the time to search for their eggs under the lower leaves of citrus trees. Their eggs are larger than most insect eggs and are laid in rows. Remove the leaves … Continue reading

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Blossom end rot

A common problem affecting otherwise healthy tomato and capsicum plants during heat waves is blossom end rot, where partly formed fruit develops a dark, sunken patch furthest from the stem. This is caused by calcium deficiency, and is not a … Continue reading

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