Gardening Tips & Tricks

Get inspiration and top tips from our horticultural team!

Whether you're interested in growing prize-winning fruit and veg, want tips on sharpening tools or all sorts in between, our tips will help you on your way.

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Kitchen Garden

Vegetable growing tips

* Carrot seeds are tiny! When growing carrots, you may find it easier to distribute the seeds if you mix them with sand (not beach sand) before you sprinkle them onto the seed bed. 

* If you have clay soil and you want to grow carrots, mixing carrot seeds with radish seeds (and sand!) will help the seedlings break through surface of the soil when they germinate.

* Add more flowers to your vegetable garden; they will attract pollinators and they make an attractive display in the vegetable patch.

* Hold on to your sweet corn stems once you've harvested them, and use them as trellises for peas, beans and other climbers. It's recycling at its natural best!

* Grow your own seedlings from seed - it's much cheaper than buying seedlings!

* Better still, harvest seed from flowers. Do this by enclosing cut flowers with a paper bag – the seeds will often fall out and can be used again.

 

Worm farms

Produce a worm farm in the simplest way: dig a hole, add food scraps and water, then cover it over. Within six weeks, hey presto! The worms will much through the soil, enriching the earth to give your garden beds a nutrition boost. But be warned; our wiggly friends don't like meat, citrus, onion, chilli and garlic, so avoid giving those to the worms.

Find out more about worm farming below:

 

Soil

Good soil and water - key ingredients in a successful garden. In South Australia's dry climate, one way to help soil absorb water is to put mulch on bare soil. Mulch has a variety of benefits, one of which is to prevent rain from compacting bare soil which can cause water to run off rather than absorb water.

Find out how our kitchen gardener, Ian, prepares soil for seed planting in the kitchen garden.

 

Pests 

* Got a surplus of insect infested fruit? It's frustrating, but you can still put it to good use. Pop the fruit into a plastic bag, seal it and put it in the sun. The sun will essentially cook the fruit and destroy the larvae. You can then use the fruit in the compost heap to help add nutrients to your soil, with out worrying about it causing an infestation later on. 

* To help keep cabbage moth and white butterfly away, cut small butterfly shapes out of yoghurt or margarine tubs and hang them near cabbages.

 

Tools

Look after your tools – keep them sharp and free from rust by using mineral oil on the metal parts. Find out how in our short video from Ian:

 

Cuttings

Find out how to grow plants from cuttings here: