Making Gardening Easier

Making Gardening Easier

Gardening is one of life’s great joys, however many people find their time in the garden is reduced, not for lack of enthusiasm, but by what they are physically capable of. This list of garden aids is designed to help extend your time in the garden. With the right gard.....

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Citrus Gall Wasp in the Home Garden

Citrus Gall Wasp in the Home Garden

Citrus Gall Wasp has been causing havoc in gardens across Adelaide in recent years. Left to it's own devices this tiny insect will reduce the vigor of citrus trees, along with their ability to fruit abundantly. If your citrus has lumpy, deformed, stems it's a sure sign t.....

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Spot on Garden Presentation Sells Homes

In a time where homes are styled, re-arranged and de-cluttered within an inch of their four walls, gardens are often overlooked. However, gardens make the first impression on a prospective buyer, as the state of the front gate, pathways, and plants tell a thousand words. It’s imperati.....

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Growing Spuds ...Easy and Rewarding for the home gardener

New seasons certified and disease free seed potatoes are now in store. Home grown potatoes, like many crops grown by home owners and gardeners, are sweet and crisp, and well, taste amazing. Potatoes are grown easily in the ground, or for small gardens or balcony gardens, t.....

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Buried Treasures ... Growing Great Winter and Spring Flowering Bulbs

Buried Treasures ... Growing Great Winter and Spring Flowering Bulbs

Winter and Spring flowering bulbs pop their cheery heads up just at the right time …. generally at the end of a cold winter, when you've nearly had enough sitting by the fire with a cuppa, and are ready to spend more time out doors. In many ways they are heralding the change in s.....

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Rats and Mice Bothering You .... To Bait or Not to Bait?

Our warm, wet summer, has seen the population of rodents (rats and mice) multiply more than usual. As the weather cools, you can expect these pesky little intruders to seek shelter in your roof cavity, in your sheds, and if you are unlucky, indoors too. Rats and mice carry disease and.....

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Possums: Garden Guests or Garden Pests

There is absolutely no doubt that many visitors to our gardens can be considered guests or pests, depending on their numbers, the damage they do, and the joy or anguish they bring to your backyard. In my own garden this season the rosellas have wreaked havoc by chewing fres.....

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Garlic .... Good for You and Good for your Garden

Garlic .... Good for You and Good for your Garden

Growing and eating your own garlic is truly one of life's great joys. Home grown garlic tastes divine .... sweet and crisp, and is nothing like the garlic you buy off the shelf at the supermarket. Best of all, growing your own garlic is super easy, and takes up very little sp.....

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Diamonds in the Dark Crepe Myrtles ... New to B&B

Diamonds in the Dark Crepe Myrtles ... New to B&B

Summer in Adelaide would not be as vibrant, nor as beautiful, without the stunning Crepe Myrtles which grace the gardens and footpaths of our city. Crepe Myrtles (Lagerstroemia) are a hardy, deciduous tree (or shrub in some cases), preferring full sun and good drainage.....

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Our top tips for the Perfect Living Christmas Gift

Our top tips for the Perfect Living Christmas Gift

It’s that time of the year when people are putting thought to finding the perfect gift for family and friends. For me there is no better gift, than that of a plant except, maybe, two plants! And of course, there is no more beautiful place to escape the Christmas rush, than.....

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Our TOP TEN Tips for a Stunning Christmas Garden

Our TOP TEN Tips for a Stunning Christmas Garden

Christmas is fast approaching, and with many of you hosting family and friends for festive drinks and dinners over coming weeks, here are our TOP TEN tips for a fabulous garden which will look every bit as fun and festive as your home. 1. Pot up empty pots with ad.....

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Preparing Your Garden for Summer

Gardening through the seasons can certainly present challenges, and no more so than through the summer months. Clay soils which are common around the store can dry and crack; soils heaped with organics can become water repellent; and hot days and winds can dry and burn plants. .....

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Plant Now for Great Colour at Christmas

It is just over 8 weeks to Christmas. If you are looking to wow your Christmas guests with a fabulous garden full of colour then now is the time to plant out annuals such as petunias and vincas. Vinca's have definitely found a place in my garden. I find them to be.....

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Helpful Herb Hints from June Taylor and Kim Syrus

What a fun and informative evening we had with herb expert June Taylor, and Channel 9's In the Garden Presenter, Kim Syrus for our Spring Garden Night. Both June and Kim are an absolute wealth of knowledge on gardening, and in June's case herbs in particular. .....

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Recipes from our Garden Night

For those of you who attend our garden nights, you will know that we always offer you a home baked supper. Our most recent garden night was full of herb inspired recipes. We are so happy to share them with you. They are all super easy to make using ingredients from your pantry o.....

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Winter Garden Woes

There is no doubt the winter of 2016 has been cold and wet, with Adelaide recording one of it's wettest July's for some time. Older gardeners might remember that it's been this way before, and those of us whose memory is not what it once was, forget that this is winter in Adelai.....

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July 2016: Time to Plant Asparagus

Asparagus picked and eaten in your own garden really is one of life's great pleasures. You've tasted nothing like it until you have grown you own. Winter is a fabulous time to plant dormant asparagus crowns, and you will find plump, well developed Mary Washington Asparagus Cro.....

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Prune like a Pro by Keeping your Secateurs in good order

Pruning time is well and truly upon us now in Adelaide gardens. Apart from a great pair of gloves, you will require a sturdy, sharp pair of secateurs to ensure you get the job done well. Keeping your secateurs sharp and in good order is super easy, and should see your snips.....

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June 2016: Camellias in Store Now

Including camellias in your garden can be a fabulous way to add colour and form during winter. If you pop into the store now you will find a plethora of camellias ... including well established flowering bushes, espaliers, japonicas and sasanqua bushes. .....

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Fruit fly in the local area and what it means in the garden centre

Many customers will be aware that a second outbreak of Mediterranean Fruit Fly was declared at Highgate in early April 2016. The State Government is required to establish 'suspension areas' for all fruit fly host produce (this includes citrus, chilies and capsicums) in home gardens .....

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April 2016: Some useful tips on fruit gardens from Harry Harrison

If you missed our garden night in Mid April, here is our interpretation of some of Harry's tips on growing fruit successfully in the home garden in Adelaide's temperate climate: unless you are an enthusiast, grow what grows best in our climate, and leave the growin.....

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April 2016: Garden Night

Harry Harrison, President of the Rare Fruit Society of South Australia will be the guest speaker at our Autumn Garden Night. Harry will be talking about Getting Fruit Into your Backyard. Harry has a wealth of knowledge about productive gardens.  .....

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Autumn is the best time to prepare and plant your winter veggie bed

Cool, crisp Autumn nights followed by warm sunny days make autumn the perfect time to establish your winter veggie patch. If space is at a premium in your patch, then you may need to sacrifice late producing summer vegetables. Tomatoes can be pulled up, roo.....

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Gifts for Gardeners

Gardeners are amongst the happiest, most easy going individuals you might meet. I often think it is because of their connection to the natural environment. However, if you have a dedicated or indeed, addicted gardener in your midst, then gift giving can be fraught with difficulty &nbs.....

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Barrow & Bench Garden Centre - Proud Winners

The garden centre at Barrow and Bench Mitre10 is a hidden treasure on Unley Road. The range of quality plants suitable for urban gardens sold at our store is complemented by a fabulous range of pots, fertilisers, pest control, mulches and mixes, outdoor furniture, garden art and giftwa.....

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Bare Root Trees

The winter months are the best months to plant and establish deciduous fruit and ornamental trees. Not only that, planting winter's bare root trees is cheaper then purchasing potted trees. Bare root trees are field grown, and in late May - early June are dug and supplied to nurser.....

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Snip, Snip, Snip ... Rose Pruning Time

In the garden centre we have a saying 'Pruning in June is too soon' .... we are now in the first week of July, so its time to get pruning. Whilst roses will continue to flower for many years without pruning, the bushes will be more vigorous and the flowers larger and m.....

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The Autumn Garden

The Autumn Garden

Welcome to our first garden blog. So pleased you could join us on the great gardening journey. We hope you will find this blog useful and informative. Most of all we hope you find the time to get out and enjoy your garden. Autumn is my favourite time of the year.  .....

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