Gardening

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Are pesticides really dangerous?

With so much conflicting information about pesticides readily available on the internet, I’m frequently asked ‘are pesticides really dangerous?’. Read this article if you want to know the answer.

A hose spraying water with a text overlay that says ‘when should you water your garden?’

When should you water your garden?

  • K. M. Wade 
  • 12 min read

 

All gardeners want to ensure their plants get the water they need but many of us worry about whether we have the optimal irrigation schedule. The best frequency at which you should water your garden is fairly uncontroversial, though it does depend on the plants you are growing and what stage they are at so it can be quite complicated to figure out. The time of day at which you should water your garden however, is a hotly contested topic and experienced gardeners often wonder this almost as frequently as beginner gardeners. I advocate for watering in the morning and I think you’ll agree that my reasoning and advice is sound.

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The unexpected consequences of pruning

We all know that some plants grow back bigger and better after they’ve been damaged – it’s one good reason for pruning some plants. But now scientists have shown that some plants grow back nastier too. Possible future outcomes include increased agricultural yields and decreased pesticide usage.

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Five things to learn from Floriade 2017

For those of you who don’t know, Floriade is a peak spring flower show in Australia. Unfortunately, because it’s focussed almost exclusively on bulbs, it tends to be pretty much the same every year. But that doesn’t mean there’s nothing to be gleaned from a visit; or a review from someone who has checked it out. So, whether or not you’ve had the opportunity to visit Floriade, here are five things you can learn from the event: