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Is your Lemon tree the best on the block?

Lemon Eureka is the most popularOne of the most popular and most versatile of fruit Lemons are used by many almost every day. Lemons are incredibly easy to grow, so we think every garden should have one. Being well suited to growing in containers they also work well on patios or balconies and as they are self pollinating you only need one tree to provide your own lemons. With a few easy steps to follow one can grow the best lemons.

Lemons set their fruit through early summer after a spring flowering and are ready to harvest from mid winter. They stay fresh on the tree for months which means that as they mature one can have a steady supply of fruit for most of the year.

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Grow some red balls

If you grow nothing else try TomatosWe've all heard that gardening is better than therapy and you get tomatoes... to throw at the people who annoy you :-) Did you know that Tomatoes are related to Eggplants and chillies? Tomatoes are in fact a fruit, but they are usually classed as a vegetable because of the way they are used in cooking. The perfect summer crop to grow your own and to add to your food basket, they are the easiest of all veggies to grow for first timers and experienced hands.

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Our favourite herbs to grow

Oregano is a staple in most kichens in RSAWe’ve all heard the famous song lyrics: Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme which are all time favourite herbs to grow. Fresh herbs add flavour are healthier and are easy to use in the kitchen. Besides that the smell in the garden adds a new dimension as it fills the senses and of course many herbs are pollinator friendly which makes the environmentally friendly too.

When growing herbs there are two key things to consider, grow herbs you use and if they don’t do well don’t give up try them again in a different spot. Positioning of your herbs is important for success. Herbs need at least four hours of sun a day to do well. That said a pot of Basil on the windowsill used up in a week then dumped and replaced also works well indoors.

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Water Wise Hanging Baskets

Rock roses cascade as they get olderVertical gardening with hanging baskets continues to be one of the most popular ways to add some personal style and colour around the home. Make your own hanging baskets of colour and unusual plants to lift the eye in the landscape or to bring your favourites closer to you. Using water wise plants and principles will help that you don’t have to water them every day.

If you can’t find an instant take home handing basket why not plant up your own. It’s super easy. Hanging baskets are notorious for drying out quickly because they are generally they are more exposed to wind and the elements. Select plants that don’t need a lot of water such as succulents or petunias etc.

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