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Gardening with minutes to spare

Plant up some water wise colourThe beginning of the year is always a time for cleaning up and bringing in changes. In getting the routine back after the holidays one doesnít always have a lot of time to get stuck in but if you have a few minutes here are some quick tasks that make all the difference to your garden.

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Summer Gardening

Agapanthus love summerAs we heading towards midsummer in December itís a wonderfully full garden time of the year. The gardens look their best this time of the year without much effort especially after all the rain weíve had. Every summer there are old favourites and new ones to add to the list especially if you are often out and about looking at gardens. This is what we think every summer gardener should find a spot for.

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Our favourite herbs to grow

Oregano is a staple in most kichens in RSAWeíve 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 donít do well donít 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 donít have to water them every day.

If you canít find an instant take home handing basket why not plant up your own. Itís 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 donít need a lot of water such as succulents or petunias etc.

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