To give your oregano a trim. Cut it back so the stems are around 50mm from the ground. This will stop the plant going leggy. You can dry the removed branches. Once the branches are dry, peel the leaves off and chop them up then store in a jar for use in your cooking.
Gardens are like kids. They need time, attention and discipline to make them behave as they should.
But there’s another simple secret to soil success and gorgeous gardens.Gardens, just like kids, ‘are what they eat’ – feed them the equivalent of McDonald’s all the time and you’ll have a major problem on your hands.
With the cooler weather approaching you don’t have to resign yourself to a drab, dull garden.
“Hanging baskets planted with winter flowers will brighten up your garden in the colder months,” says Awapuni gardening guru, Tod Palenski. “You could even get the kids involved for a fun Easter or wet weekend project.”
On average, humans take 23,000 breaths everyday, taking in the scents of the surrounding environment. Even at this time of year, a myriad of flowers are being planted purely to delight our sense of smell.
“Having scented flowers in your garden at any time of the year is great, but in the winter it can really give your flower garden that much needed lift,” says Awapuni’s gardening guru Tod Palenski.
Did you know as well as being pretty, many flowers are pretty tasty too? People have been growing and eating flowers for centuries. In fact the parts we usually eat of broccoli and cauliflower are actually large flower heads.
Foxgloves are not what you’d call shrinking violets. They come in vibrant colours like purple and cream and when they flower each stem produces many striking and attractive glove-like flowers – all of which tends to make them a plant that stands out from the pack rather than shrink into the background.
Top chefs will tell you the secret to a great meal is to use the freshest ingredients available. And you can’t get fresher, or more available, than your own garden.
With our increasing love for exotic foods, having a ready supply of Asian herbs and other ingredients growing in your garden is a great way to impress the guests at your next dinner party.
Wet weather getting you down? Dreaming of escaping to a sun-drenched Mediterranean oasis where you sip gin and tonics by a clear blue pool?
Well we can’t help with the weather or your location, but we can help you recreate that Mediterranean feel in your garden. And we’ll even throw in some lemons for your G&T.
For those of you who regularly read my gardening columns it probably feels like I’ve extolled the virtues of quite a few vege and herb garden ‘must haves’ in the last few years.