Feed The Birds!

In winter give the wild birds on your property a helping hand when it comes to finding food with these tips and recipes. They’ll love you for it and you’ll love seeing the bird life increase in your garden, this is especially helpful when we head into the warmer months and bug season arrives. Birds are great bug catchers. To …

 

solar moth trap

 

Solar Guava Moth Trap

It’s that time of year again when those pesky little moths from Australia start to cause havoc from Auckland to Northland, although now with the heat, other locations south of Auckland are having this problem too. You will notice if you have it as your fruit will fall early from the tree and upon inspection you’ll see a little hole, …

 

scrub in a bowl and orange flower

 

DIY Gardeners Scrub

Scrubs can be expensive to purchase, and many brands are loaded with chemical fillers, so why not make your own! This effective peppermint scented gardeners scrub works to exfoliate dry skin while moisturising and protecting. I’ve called it a gardeners scrub as it’s great at removing dirt, grime, and green stains from working outside. Pop this scrub into a funky …

 

hydrangeas

 

How To Colour Your Hydrangeas

I love this time of the year when hydrangeas come into flower. For a plant that needs very little attention, it sure does put on a vibrant floral display; ours are coming out in the most wonderful shade of blue. These dramatic plants were regarded as very old-fashioned not that long ago but are now back in favour once again. …

 

tomatoes

 

Bye Bye Blight

I’m a little bit late in getting my tomato plants into the ground this year, and with the weather being so changeable I’ve been waiting for a good few days to indicate we are heading away from the damp/precipitation which when mixed with humidity can cause blight to appear. Yesterday I got three types of tomato planted out: Money Maker, …

 

Triona with arm load of seaweed

 

Natural Fertilisers

Last week we had an article on comfrey and all of it’s many uses, one of them being that it’s great in the garden when used as a mulch, but it also makes a pretty amazing fertiliser,  we often hear how wonderful seaweed is for the garden, and it is, but comfrey has it’s own blend of super nutrients. These …