Citrus For All Seasons

Freshly picked, home-grown citrus isn't a luxury reserved only for the picturesque gardens in the warm and sunny climate of the Mediterranean. Short on garden space? Growing citrus in containers can deliver you lemons even indoors. All it takes is some simple citrus basics, a little human ingenuity and you're on your way to growing your very own fruits.

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Cuttings: New Plants From Old

New plants from old, save money by taking cuttings. There are many ways to produce new plants without sowing seeds. Seeds don’t always grow up to resemble their parents, but cuttings are their perfect clones. Severing plant parts and inserting them into soil is a strange way of making new plants, but oddly enough it works. 

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Re-blooming Your Moth Orchid

Phalaenopsis Orchids are a group of plants that grow in shady, humid conditions throughout the Asian tropics and extend into Northern Australia, commonly known as the Moth Orchid and are arguably the most popular group of orchids grown in the world today. They are also regarded as one of the easiest orchids to grow indoors.

These luxurious flowering plants have thick-leaves with elegant and exotic arching sprays of flowers. As their blooms last on average for 50 days and being so abundant, this adds to the plants popularity, with many people treating Phalaenopsis like cut flowers. When the flowers start to drop off, the plant is usually discarded and replaced, which is a shame as they can be kept to re-bloom twice a year under ideal conditions

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Grow Your Own Ginger

Nothing like fresh ginger in you're morning green juice, herbal tea or turmeric latte. Although ginger can be sometimes ridiculously expensive, its also ridiculously easy to grow if your located within the right climate and yes Ginger is brilliant for containers on a warm balcony. A must try edible plant, thats also looks fantastic!

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Can You Pass The Cactus Test?

Growing cactus in pots is a great way to add interest to your home as they are low maintenance and are dramatic in form and colour.

Cactus plants are at their best in terms of beauty during the flowering season, but that doesn't mean they don't look beautiful otherwise. If a low-maintenance garden in the home is what you aspire to have, species of flowering cactus will be ideal for you. More importantly, the fact that these plants grow well in containers can be an added advantage, as they can be placed and moved anywhere in the house as and when you need.

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Hibiscus For Days

Hibiscus

Hibiscus rosa-sinensis

The Hibiscus originating from China sure can produce the most flamboyant flowers and is the ultimate plant for creating a touch of the tropics. It forms huge blooms, up to 10cm in diameter, on a shrubby upright plant that you can train to grow as a small tree.

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Get The Gardening Glow

With almost 67 per cent of Australians living in our capital cities, we're one of the most highly urbanised countries in the world. Considering the day-to-day stresses or urban living, traffic, overcrowding and simply not enough time - this means up to 16 million of us could benefit from the physical and mental advantages provided by gardening.

Whether it's a sprawling veggie patch in the backyard, a flowerbed in a small courtyard, a window box or even a community garden space, almost anyone can achieve a gardening glow. 

Gardening is a great workout, It not only works all those major muscle groups, it burns calories as well. Also, gardening improves the mood almost instantly, so it's fantastic for the soul.

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Do You Feel Grounded?

Connecting you bare skin to the ground is known as Earthing and Grounding, and any connection you have to the ground with your bare skin counts.

Regularly connecting to the earth’s natural, powerful energy is now known to be healing and vital. With busy lifestyles, jobs, families, errands and chores to do, we find ourselves spending very little time outside and even less time focusing on ourselves.

There are many ways to create a groundling link between yourself and the earth, but my favourite being the healing combination of plants and dirt.

If you’re already gardening, good for you! If you’re not then maybe you will be inspired. There are plenty of sensible ways you can improve your health by connecting to a more natural way of life.

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Beginners Guide to Hedges

Hedges offer many solutions to a garden and home. They are great at providing privacy, colour, design, background, visual barriers, borders, luxuriance and screens.

Used correctly and with the right plants they are fantastic at portraying a sense of space and perspective, and increasing the design potential of your garden, after all the outdoor space is an extension of your home.

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Grow Your Winter Herb Garden Indoors

Its officially winter out there and the coming of winter is a not always the most exciting or activity packed time in most gardens. During this season of short, dark days, indoor herb gardens offer welcome greenery and fragrance. You can easily bring herbs indoors for the nippy months even if you have little experience with plants or very little space to work with.

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Growing Garlic At Home

There is no requirement at being a seasoned gardener or farmer to grow your very own garlic at home. It's also very achievable and easy to harvest your own good quality garlic with a little patience due to its long growing time and by just following a few steps and keeping track of the seasons.

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Gardening As A Workout

Spring is almost here and with it comes gardening and seeing new foliage grow and flourish, it’s the season for rejuvenation.

But did you know that while you’re getting your garden ready for the sunny season your also working up a sweat! Wow. Maybe we can have our cake and eat it too.

As a gardening enthusiast, you've probably spent hours reading and exploring how to produce a healthier, more beautiful garden or simply how to keep your plants alive and thriving. But have you ever considered how gardening can produce a healthier you without ever having to consume a single home grown meal.

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Best Plants for the Balcony Garden

There really is something quite special about having a morning coffee seated outside enjoying the sun’s early rays. Balconies are simply an important part of our relaxed, alfresco style of living. So it only makes sense that we need to celebrate this area and give it the attention and styling it deserves. And no, this doesn’t just mean an outdoor seating arrangement and leaving it at that. In fact, you can transform a blank outdoor canvas into a truly special space by paying attention to just a few details…the secrete being all in the plants and balcony suitable trees.

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Caring For Your Monstera - Swiss Cheese Plant

Swiss Cheese Plant; Monstera deliciosa is a native to the jungles of Southern Mexico and Guatemala, a very easy houseplant that needs space to grow giving your home that instant jungle feels. Possessing all the qualities that are required of a good houseplant this house plant is making a comeback.

The Monstera’s leaves are a rich green in colour and have a natural gloss to them which is heightened when plants are cleaned with a damp cloth, unless the leaves a new and soft. Cleaning the leaves will also help keep pests under control as they are prone to mealybugs on the undersides of the leaves. It’s also ideal to give them the occasional misting to help increase humidity.

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Tools For The Urban Gardener

In these modern gardening times there is quite literally a device for every gardening function imaginable. With such a range available, it’s no wonder collecting gardening tools can border on addiction. The same could be said for the indoor garden, the only difference is you won't need to install a tool shed to house all those addictive tools, a small basket should do the job.

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Herbs And Medical Plants

In the middle ages, early gardens where typically filled with medical plants and were generally attached to temples or sacred grounds. Attended by monks and nuns which roles developed to physicians and nurses. This association between medicine, religion and gardens continued throughout history, with herbal and medical gardens planted in large numbers and within confined spaces, such garden where later referred to as physic gardens.

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Considered Growing A Balcony Garden?

We’ve all come across bare balconies when driving through our cities, often reminding us of the baron one at our own apartment and then suddenly we spot that one with the lush green walls, planters and hanging baskets and almost instantly feel uplifted. However, if the thought of trying to grow fruit, herbs and decorative plants and getting them to thrive in what might seem harsh conditions bares to much stress to even fathom, you needn’t worry, there is hope in that lush balcony garden.

The trick to getting your balcony to look green is in understanding the conditions of your space and working out what plants will suit the environment. The main obstacles you will face are wind, rainfall and light levels (direct sun or no direct sun).

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