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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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What to grow in January 2018

Wishing all our readers a very happy, healthy 2018. This year begins with a Full Moon on 2nd January and there are two Full Moons this month. January and February can be tricky months for gardening in some parts of … Continue reading

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What to grow in December 2017

With Christmas and holidays on the horizon, many of you won’t have a lot of time to spare for gardening, or even watering the garden. Setting up some shade for your garden beds now, will provide protection in the hottest … Continue reading

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What to grow in November 2017

Garlic should be getting close to maturity now. Slowly reduce irrigation as bases mature. Garlic needs to be harvested in dry weather, so keep an eye on weather predictions. It will dry (or cure) more quickly if you harvest after … Continue reading

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What to grow in October 2017

Make sure you save some of the best pods on your pea crop well before the crop has finished for seed to sow next year. Simple instructions can be found here: Saving pea seed Once again, there is not a … Continue reading

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What to grow in August 2017

In warm and some temperate climate zones, where days are warm but nights are still chilly, gardeners can get an early start on spring-summer vegetables and herbs by sowing seed in containers in a cold frame. Instructions for an easy … Continue reading

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Winter tomatoes

  There is nothing like the taste of vine-ripened tomatoes, and this is how my neighbour, Cheryl, keeps her tomatoes cropping through winter on the Mid-North Coast of NSW. The tomato plants self-seeded in the rose garden in front of … Continue reading

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