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Heat wave help

  With high temperatures predicted for many areas of mainland Australia this week, I would like to remind you that you can find tips on helping your garden to survive extremely hot temperatures here: Heat wave protection

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Watering in drought conditions

This week, two readers have asked me about garden problems caused by lack of water. As you know, it is extremely difficult to keep gardens well-watered in drought conditions. However, as plants can only absorb the nutrients they need for … Continue reading

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Windy weather update

Predictions are for more cold, windy weather on the way. Keep a close watch on your garden as wind can dry out soils faster than summer heat, resulting in cell collapse of soft tissue plants. To discover why this happens … Continue reading

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Heat wave protection

Some parts of Australia are enduring extremely hot weather and, apparently, there is more to come this summer. Periods of intense heat can cause scorching in many gardens. Although European-based garden texts recommend full sun for most vegetables, where summers … Continue reading

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Coping with heat waves

Heat waves place extreme stress on gardens when plants lose lots of water through their leaves in an attempt to keep cool and retain humidity around their foliage. You can help reduce moisture loss by providing some temporary shade over … Continue reading

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Sowing and planting tip

When sowing seed directly into garden beds, or when planting out seedlings, or planting shrubs and trees, always make sure that soil in the growing area is thoroughly dampened BEFORE sowing or planting. Then, after sowing or planting, you only … Continue reading

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Heat wave first aid

A lot of Australian gardens are suffering from a prolonged spell of very hot dry weather. Garden beds that contain a moderate amount of organic matter will handle the extreme conditions better than most, as organic matter in soil keeps … Continue reading

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Tomato problems

From e-mails I’ve received, it appears that some gardeners are having problems with their tomato plants. When tomato plants become water-stressed in prolonged hot, dry conditions that are affecting some parts of the country, they are prone to attack by … Continue reading

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When to water?

A common question asked by gardeners is how often should they water their garden. Unfortunately, limited watering times imposed by water restrictions have encouraged some gardeners to rush around giving everything a light watering during the allocated time. A light … Continue reading

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