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PLANT CHOICES FOR A WINTER GARDEN

PLANT CHOICES FOR A WINTER GARDEN BY MERYLYN CONDON   Winter gardens in Canberra can be quite different to those of warmer climes, but even between gardens in Canberra there are still many plant choices to be made, and we are blessed with a wonderful variety of plants suited to our climate..   I read…

THE MEXICAN MARIGOLD

SOMETHING TO BRIGHTEN A WINTER GARDEN Tagetes Lemmonii, the Mexican Marigold If you have never grown this marigold and you like a cheery garden in winter, then it’s time you searched for one of these. It’s a perennial which is well worth growing for the deliciously fragrant leaves, quite apart from the fact that it…

WINTER IN A CANBERRA GARDEN

Winter in a Canberra Garden Winter is a quiet time in the garden for some but for me, mid-winter is an exciting time for spring is nearly here and the plants are starting to move. As well as being a time to get a range of jobs done in the garden, it can also be…

KEEPING VEGETABLES HEALTHY

KEEPING  VEGETABLES HEALTHY By Graeme Davis When we grow vegetables at home many of us do so for one of two reasons: The challenge of growing it yourself, and You know what it has on it – what if any chemicals etc. So how do we keep the plants healthy and ourselves healthy? There are…

VEGETABLES IN AUTUMN AND EARLY WINTER

VEGIES IN AUTUMN AND EARLY WINTER By Graeme Davis As it gets colder we do less and less in the way of planting in the vegetable garden. But that does not mean there are not things to do. The focus at this time of the year is on getting the garden ready for the growth…

VEGETABLES IN MID SUMMER

VEGETABLES IN MID SUMMER By Graeme Davis   This time of the year the vegetable patch should be in full growth and we should be being kept busy weeding, watering and picking. For most of us there are not too many vacant spaces to be filled so we are not concentrated on what to plant. But we…

SPRING AND EARLY SUMMER VEGETABLES

SPRING AND EARLY SUMMER VEGETABLES By Graeme Davis   A great display by members of the Canberra Organic Growers Society at the Horticultural Society’s Autumn Flower Show     Early November is an exciting time of the year in the vegetable garden. The frosts are over and we can start to plant out all those…

GREEN MANURE CROPS

GREEN MANURE CROPS By John Woodfield     Much mention is made from time to time of the planting and use of green manure or green crops. While these crops are often associated with vegetable gardens, they are a great way of adding nutrients and organic matter to any area of soil that can be…

TUBEROUS BEGONIAS

TUBEROUS BEGONIAS

TUBEROUS BEGONIAS   Large-flowered tuberous begonias come with many flower types, both upright and pendulous, single or double-flowered, and with frilled or plain petals. Tuberous begonias offer a wide colour choice of white, pink, rose, red, orange, and yellow. Flower heads consist of one large male flower in the centre and two smaller female flowers…