As winter sets in, and temperatures plummet, it can feel as cold inside as it does out, due to a house's poor thermal performance. And nowhere is that more keenly felt than in our neck of the woods.
‘‘Sid’’, the cocky cockatoo has been the star resident at the Dunedin Botanic Garden aviary for decades.
Crop rotation may sound overly scientific for the ordinary gardener but it is an important way of getting the most from the vegetable garden.
Hedges can protect vegetable crops from wind damage but, because they need regular clipping, busy gardeners and those with small patches may prefer to use windcloth, manuka scrub or similar.
Although the weather may be cold, every opportunity should be taken over the next few weeks to dig and manure the vegetable garden, leaving the ground exposed to the ongoing winter weather, which will help ensure it is in good order for next season’s crops.
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Autumn produces stunning colours among many of the deciduous trees at the Botanic Garden, resulting in a bounty of fallen leaves.
Potatoes are an easy-to-grow staple vegetable, and southern gardeners have the advantage of many varieties available from garden centres.
A man called Cnaeus Martius Calvinus, a friend of Emperor Augustus, is believed to have been the first recognised tree barber, or topiarist.
June is a good time to develop or extend a rhubarb bed as the plants (crowns) are dormant during winter.