Flowers for summer

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Summer may not be the most agreeable season to toil in the garden, but a little bit of labour now can bring good results down the track.

El Niño, La Niña and flowering annuals

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With the Bureau of Meteorology declaring El Niño over, the time is ripe for gardeners to replant.

Waterwise tips to beat this summer’s killer heat

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With El Niño conditions on the way, gardeners wishing to defy the odds need to prioritise and get waterwise.

Growing raspberries, strawberries and berries

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Their claim to being true berries is curiously spurious but, when homegrown, raspberries and strawberries leave other summer treats in the shade.

War of the weeds

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To keep the peace in any garden, you must be unafraid to let slip the dogs – and shovels – of war.

Singing the praises of kale and cauli, baby

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When it comes to being a great green, the brassica family of cauliflower and kale does it easy.

Lies, damned lies and exotics

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Gardening half-truths go back at least to Joseph Banks, but his more noble legacy is our love of exotic plants.

Herb your enthusiasm

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Why spend a fortune on herbs at the supermarket only to watch them decay in your crisper drawer? Get hooked on growing your own.

A time to kill those pesky garden pests

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When uninvited pests come to visit, declare war with sustainable practices – and also an old-fashioned dose of hand-to-hand combat.

Enjoy the fruits of tomato-growing labour

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Join the ranks of the fearless fighting rot and rain to nurture a nightshade – the tomato.

No-dig potatoes

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When it comes to producing flavoursome spuds, you can’t beat homegrown. The question is, do you dig it?

Coming up roses

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Seeking rich, colourful reward for little toil? An old-school thorny friend sets the standard.

Dirty deeds of soil health

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Improving the quality of your soil is a time-consuming labour of love, and compost is a rotten way to go about it.

Propagate and prosper

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It may not be sexy, but nothing beats the satisfaction – or the economy – of growing plants from scratch.

Spring bulbs

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Despite the regal appearance of spring flowering bulbs, their simple cultivation makes them a common pleasure.