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Gardening A-Z

Every month I talk about finding the perfect spot to grow a specific plant. Some flowers like shade, some veges like sun, some herbs like moisture, and the list goes on. But often in gardening you know the spot you want to plant in before you find the plant you want to plant.

There are thousands of keen gardeners out there who don’t have access to a garden.  There are also many frustrated gardeners for whom the ongoing battle with their insubordinate wildernesses or infertile soil is just too much. Then there are those whose gardens consist simply of small balconies, pavers and courtyards.

For all those who don’t have a garden and for those who can’t garden – we can share this trade secret with you – hanging baskets.


If you have been putting extra hours into the garden over summer, you may be feeling it in your back.

Awapuni gardening guru, Tod Palenski, says there are lots of ways to make gardening easier on the joints and less time consuming.

“If you find you can no longer spend hours in the garden, try planting low-maintenance plants,” Tod says.