Often when I come in from gardening I end up with blisters on my skin several days later. Do you know what could cause this?
All but one of my Rhododendrons have flowered beautifully this year. The one that hasn't produced one gorgeous only and the rest of the branches have thrown out new leaves instead.
Benjamin Franklin once famously said “in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes."
But now you can add rhubarb to the list! Plant rhubarb this spring and every year, just like your tax bill, it will turn up again. At least with rhubarb it’s more of a refund than a remittance.
I am wanting to transplant our Rimu tree and wondering what time of year is best. It's about 5 metres tall. We live in Dunedin. Any tips?
I have been battling with club root in the veggie garden for some time. Can you tell me if there is a product that can be applied to roots before planting?
With summer comes wearing less and drinking more. Crickets are out in force (not just the insect variety!) and people are vacating crowded urban areas in search of a slice of summer serenity. Whether it’s at the bach, crib or camp ground, Kiwis love nothing more than kicking back and entertaining family and friends. What better way to do so than with cocktails (or mocktails) and nibbles on hand?
Spearmint, rosemary, thyme and basil sounds more like the flavouring of a Sunday roast than a summer cocktail but don’t be fooled. Fresh herbs can add that ‘knockout’ factor to many drinks.
Don’t let your garden suffer as the cold winter months drive you inside.
“While your roses might look like bare twig arrangements at the moment, your garden needn’t look boring. Liven up your rose garden by reshaping it with a focal point,” says Awapuni gardening guru, Tod Palenski.
White spots on your roses could be two things - insects or fungus. To test whether it is a problem with insects or fungus, try and scrape it off with your finger. If it scrapes off it's an insect. If not, it's a fungus.
Now is the perfect time to prune your roses and while they might look like bare twig arrangements when you’re finished with them, it’s a small sacrifice to make for great blooms in spring. So this month I’ll give you a guide to achieving knockout roses.
Aphids leave rose leaves looking curled, distorted and yellow. To rid your plant of aphids simply hose them off with a strong stream of water and spray the plant with Neem, an organic oil sold at Awapuni Nurseries.
These are the signs of rust or powdery mildew. They love the water and as a result often occur during humid and wet weather.
Learning which plants to grow together can greatly increase your success in the garden, whether you want to cut down on spraying or watering, attract bees or scare off the neighbour’s cat.
Awapuni gardening guru, Tod Palenski, says companion planting – the idea that certain plants can benefit others when planted next to, or close to one another - has been around for centuries and could be the making of your garden.