10 smart watering tips
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by Kahu de Beer
1d ago
How to protect your precious garden over summer. Summer is the season most of us who love gardening wait all year for. For me it’s collecting baskets full of basil and sweet cherry tomatoes, my kids racing each other to the strawberry patch every day after school, and slicing cucumbers, still warm from the sun, into our salads. I love looking out our kitchen window at the vibrant tangle of colour from the wildflowers dotted between our veggies and seeing the bees and butterflies reveling in the pollen and nectar. It’s the time of year when we see the fruits of our hard work and are rewarded w ..read more
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Defeating whitefly invasion in your garden naturally
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by Jessica Weale
3w ago
Sometimes it feels like no matter what we do, we find our green friends holding on by their last leaf. It’s not always because we have neglected to water them though, sometimes there are other tiny forces at large like a whitefly invasion! These tiny sap-sucking insects are small and pale, and they love to attack soft plant tissues. They are among the most common, and damaging, plant pest, especially during the summer months. Authors of The Abundant Garden, Niva and Yotam Kay, say “Whitefly prefer warm conditions and can attack a wide range of plants such as beans, cabbages, cucumbers, eggp ..read more
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Why Bird Baths Are Much More Than a Splash Pool For Our Feathered Friends
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by Good Magazine
1M ago
As the weather warms and days lengthen, it’s time to ensure your bird bath in an inviting spot for your local birdlife. Life and Environmental Sciences Researcher Grainne Cleary takes a dip into bird bath ethics.   Bird baths are a familiar sight in Kiwi gardens, but surprisingly little is known about the precise role they play in the lives of birds. In a recent Bird Baths Study, it was revealed that bird baths are much more than just ornamental splash pools for feathered visitors. They’re also a site where animals socialise and intense rivalries play out. Human choices – such as the d ..read more
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Summer garden – Making the most of the outdoors while the sun shines
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by Kahu de Beer
3M ago
The summer garden has to be my favourite garden. It feels so alive with the colours and scents of blooming flowers, the bees and butterflies and fast-ripening fruit and vegetables. It’s the season of abundance and harvest, which is welcome after the slower, quieter seasons. We often go away on holiday for a few weeks over Christmas and return to a jungle of cherry tomatoes, basil, rocket and enough cucumbers and zucchini to feed a small village. We hate to waste, so for a few weeks there, it’s zucchini everything! The extra produce from our garden is shared around with neighbours and friends ..read more
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Re-energise yourself in the garden
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by Kahu de Beer
4M ago
Have you ever noticed how, when you’re outdoors immersed in the natural world, you feel energised and invigorated? This relationship with nature is vital to our wellbeing as our modern lifestyles draw us further and further away from it. Spending time in the garden is one of the easiest ways to connect with nature, especially as getting your hands in the soil establishes a physical link with it. There are a number of reasons this relationship energises us. One of these is that we’re moving our bodies – gardening is a physical activity that strengthens and stretches our muscles and can even ge ..read more
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Embrace the ‘grow your own’ trend with Mitre 10
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by Jessica Weale
6M ago
Life has never been more expensive, and the cost of groceries seems to go up every week – meaning there has never been a better time to start growing your own produce. Whether you’re getting started or have produce in your garden already, there are things you can do this spring to ensure a fridge full of fresh produce. Time to prepare If you haven’t already prepared your soil, spring is the perfect time to get started. If it doesn’t need turning over then spread a couple of bags of compost over the bare soil and dig through the top layer before you plant. Empty your compost bin onto the gard ..read more
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Food forest
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by Kahu de Beer
7M ago
Create your own self-sufficient edible food forest to feed your family year-round. Food forests are thought to be the world’s oldest form of land use and most resilient agroecosystem. The concept conjures up in my mind beautiful Garden of Eden-like scenes of trees heavy-laden with fruit, birdsong and wildlife all around, and dappled light filtering through the trees. A utopian dream. Food forests or forest gardening is a style of gardening that is based on the natural concept of the layers that we see in natural forests. On the ground we’d usually see composting leaves, moss and ground cov ..read more
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Garden to plate
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by Kahu de Beer
9M ago
Start your own cost-effective kitchen garden to save on your next grocery shop. With the cost of living soaring, there’s never been a better time to become more self-sufficient. For many families, food is one of their biggest weekly expenses – and one we don’t want to compromise on too much. So, the question is: how can we spend less but still provide nourishing meals for our family? We’ve recently returned home from nearly a year overseas, where many of the living costs were significantly lower than in New Zealand. Our first trip back to our local supermarket was certainly an eye-watering ..read more
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Let your garden flourish
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by Cassie Birrer
9M ago
From companion planting to making the most of a small space, here’s how to set your garden up for success. It can be daunting to start a new garden. What plants can be planted where? How much light is too much light? Can carrots be planted next to spring onions? I also know how exciting it can be to get a new raised garden bed with seedlings at the ready, to then realise in a few weeks’ time that perhaps you got a bit too excited and crammed a few too many plants into the space – and that third kale plant is left reaching for the sun, to no avail. There are certainly plenty of things you ne ..read more
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7 tips for keeping chickens at home
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by Good Magazine
10M ago
Bugs are good for their diet Lots of bugs and insects found roaming around the backyard are beneficial to chickens. They provide essential vitamins and minerals, are an excellent source of protein, and contain essential amino acids. However, although part of a chicken’s natural diet, insects can carry parasites and diseases. To avoid any risks, maintain a clean coop and never feed chickens insects that have fed on rotting meat. Chickens value their hygiene Another reason to maintain the chicken coop, is because they love to be clean! You’ve probably seen a chicken flapping about in the dust ..read more
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