Rejuvenate your soil
After a busy summer feeding edibles or flowers, garden soil needs a recharge.
How to grow peanuts
Grow the nut that grows underground.
The joys of mulch
Rather than toss it, consider whether your kitchen or garden waste can do you a favour.
How to grow fennel
Light and fluffy-headed but with a crisp base, Florence fennel is a versatile vegetable to grow.
How to grow kohlrabi
A cabbage relative is on the comeback trail. Learn how to grow kohlrabi.
Edibles to plant with your climate in mind
Plenty of crops can be planted in October. Just be mindful that, in some areas, night temperatures can still plummet to freezing point, which can affect frost-sensitive crops.
Our Plant Doctor advises what to do with feijoas that have grown well but had few flowers and mostly not set fruit.
Borrowing from nature
This native garden not only looks good but is a great example of blending a private garden with the borrowed landscape.
Rachel Vogan gets busy with plenty of edibles to sow and plant now it’s spring - starting with the sensitive seed to sow indoors.
2023 Bird Photo Competition Winners
All the winners of our 2023 garden bird Photo Competition
8 monsteras to grow
If you love Monstera deliciosa, it might be time to discover some of its many relatives, cultivars and varieties.
Sarah O’Neil resolves issues that may crop up now it's potato planting time.
Our native ferns come in every size to appeal to any gardener.
Learn the lingo
Shannon Hunt digs into her garden dictionary to help newbie gardeners clarify the meanings of commonly heard garden jargon, especially going into spring.
Damping-off is deadly
How organic gardeners keep out damping-off fungal diseases.
We speak with Kiwi gardeners who have a passion for the world’s second-largest family of flowering plants, ahead of October's Orchids & More event.
Colour when it's cool
Our landscaping expert recommends 10 plants to warm things up with a blast of colour.
Rescue problem brassicas
Sarah O'Neil provides advice on fixing problematic brassicas and onions this month. Here are her tips on dealing with brassica issues.
Ask the Plant Doctor
Our Plant Doctor Andrew Maloy dispenses expert advice every issue on solving garden problems. This month he tackles lacklustre limes among other topics.
The permaculture chook
Chickens can be an integral part of your whole gardening system. Here's how to best utilise them.
The war on weeds
The battle with weeds is never-ending. Why not try one of these 10 easy ways to win the war organically.
Passionate about pomegranates
When a family couldn’t find their favourite fruit in New Zealand, they planted their own orchard.
Doing a shedload of good
Retired blokes around Aotearoa are helping our birdlife, while building friendships.
Seasonal guide: time for a fruit audit
June is timely to take stock of your fruiting plants and action what to prune, plant or protect.
How to grow apricots
Eaten straight from the tree, homegrown apricots are the pick of the stone fruit.
Plant lily of the valley and herbal iris for a waft of perfume from your herb patch.
Snake-like, sometimes hermaphrodite and always flamboyant, members of the extraordinary Arisaema and Agapetes families are guaranteed to intrigue.
May under-cover growing
Be sure to stay on the grow in a month that can feel slow.
Fruit of the vine that's not for wine
Grape-lovers enjoying late harvests or preparing for winter pruning might take a leaf out of the book of a rare surviving table grape grower.
New rose releases
Hayden Foulds has the scoop on the 2023 rose variety releases to pre-order now for winter planting.
Hottest houseplant trends for 2023
As in fashion, food and fads, houseplants follow trends too. And there’s never been a better time to join the movement. Words & photos Liz Carlson
Good with gravel
Gravel has long been a popular landscaping material with gardeners – and it’s easy to see why. Words & Photos Mark Rayner
Easy-peasy autumn soil care
Discover the quick way to put the garden to bed: the permaculture practice of ‘chop and drop’.
Flood recovery for gardens & lawns
What you must think about if you are faced with recovering sodden soil, plants and lawns.
Are you chicken ready?
Before you go and get all ‘eggcited’ at launching your long dreamed of backyard egg factory, first there are some things to check.
Plenty to share & sow
Rachel Vogan hoes into what to get busy with in the vegetable patch, including food sharing and six speedy veges to sow.
Worth its weight in gold
Native to far-flung lands where it has been used as a spice for 4000 years, and highly prized (and priced!), saffron is now being cultivated in Aotearoa – and one Southland grower is exceeding expectations.
Hops are tops
Potentially Aotearoa’s most widely consumed herb, hops not only flavour beer. You can also eat hop shoots or calm your mind with them.
Homegrown pineapple demand spikes
While there aren’t many local commercial growers, a Northland nursery owner with a passion for pineapples is helping like-minded Kiwis sate their desire
Brush away any preconceptions to see our underrated native brooms in a new light.
Grow the iconic fiddle-leaf fig
Notoriously picky, routine is the key to unleashing this ‘it’ plant’s star power.
Honey harvesting time
A new bimonthly series begins with how to plan honey crop removal from a hive and what to be alert for to keep honey production and extraction smooth.
How to grow avocados
Can’t get enough avocado? It’s time to grow your own supply.
Time to eat!
Rachel Vogan shares her top tips on what to pick, eat and plant this month in the edible garden.
A blend of hyssop and Mexican marigold strikes a happy balance of blue and yellow flowers in the garden. And both herbs offer edible leaves with interesting flavours to discover.
Wanted: Feathered assistants
Six reasons why you should recruit some chickens to your garden.
Cat-proofing your garden
If cats are prowling where you’d rather they didn’t, it may be time to consider a cat containment strategy.
Rachel Vogan explores what crops to focus on this month.
Celebrate the season with a native pōhutukawa or rātā.
Coaxing gifts from the greenhouse
Prepare early enough and you can delight loved ones with living treats perfectly timed for Christmas delivery. (There’s always next year!)
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