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Upcycled Succulent Project

I spotted this sad and lonely set of bedside drawers on the roadside ready for a hard rubbish collection....and immediately knew what I wanted to do with them. An upcycled succulent project - yes Succulents in Drawers! With a bit of prep work and a coat of paint to...

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Mexican Style Salsa Recipes

Here’s two delicious mexican style salsa recipes that are sure to impress at your next gathering or party. They just so happen to be vegan as well! Serve with your favourite dipping veggies, tortilla chips or flat bread. Gardenette EJ Butler xx Download the printable...

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Drying and storing herbs

We’re often asked for tips on how to harvest, dry and store herbs – so here goes! Our top tips on drying and storing herbs.... The woodier herbs like Rosemary, Thyme, Bay and Oregano are often the easiest to dry because they don’t have high moisture...

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How to grow plants in pots SUCCESSFULLY!

If you love growing a potted garden, then you'll need some of these tops tips for success when growing in pots. Let Chloe show you how to grow plants in pots SUCCESSFULLY! 1. Choose the right size pot for your plant. Not too big and not too small. A pot that is too...

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Our fav indoor hanging plants

Nothing creates the feeling of an indoor jungle quite like house plants with tarzan like vines cascading down from above. So when you’re decorating your house with greenery, don’t just introduce plants at ground level, spice things up a bit and create interest from...

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Fruit Tree Pruning Basics

Don’t be daunted by how to prune fruit trees - I’ve got a couple of simple guidelines that will help make the process easier. Firstly start by removing the 3 D’s - that’s any dead, diseased or damaged branches. Then look for any crossing or those growing downwards. As...

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How to use garden screens

The right screen in the right place can be the difference between an eyesore and a decorative feature in the garden. I love the look of rusted metal in a garden – I think it adds style and character to outdoor living areas. These outdoor garden screens from Northcote...

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Create a succulent ball

I love a bit of garden art so I'm going to create a living succulent ball that can be a hanging feature in your garden. Here’s what you’ll need: 2 good sized hanging baskets A stylish selection of succulents Quality potting mix A piece of cardboard Cable ties A few...

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Orange & Thyme Panna Cotta

ORANGE, SAFFRON AND THYME PANNA COTTA Downloadable PDF Recipe HERE Serves approx. 8. Prep time 45min + 4 hours cooling time in the fridge. This recipe calls for 5 whole oranges. You’ll need the zest of these for the first part of the recipe, reserving the flesh...

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Grow your own mushrooms

Check out or buy these kits here Coffee lovers listen up! Our favourite drink also produces a TONNE of waste….in fact - in Melbourne CBD alone it’s estimated that nearly 5000 tonnes of ground coffee waste is thrown away every. single. week. But thanks to a couple of...

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How to plant a butterfly garden

Butterflies are the Fairy Queens of our gardens flitting from flower to flower and with a little know how and the right plants you can transform your garden into a butterfly playground! The secret to luring butterflies is to grow both host plants which provide food...

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A kids friendly vegetable garden

I'm going to create a pint sized patch - perfect for kids! It's gonna be filled with kid-friendly vegetables, oodles of pretty edible flowers and I'm gonna do it all organically. I've chosen a range autumn and winter growing veggies to suit the coming seasons, but of...

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How to plant a bee friendly garden

Bee's - what's all the buzz about and why do we need them in our garden? When I tell you that 1 in mouthfuls of the food that we eat is thanks to the work of bees and that 90% of all food crops are pollinated by bees... then you begin to understand just how important...

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Spring Onion Pancakes

Spring onion pancakes are one of my favourite Chinese dishes - you might think that they're really hard to make but I’m gonna show you how to whip them up in a jiffy! These tasty pancakes are best served as part of a shared meal, in a Chinese feast, accompanying...

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Dahlia’s Ain’t Dowdy – how to grow beautiful dahlias

Dahlia's certainly ain't dowdy! In fact this old-fashioned beauty is making one serious comeback - this diverse group of plants comes in a stunning mix of shades from white and yellows to reds, oranges, pinks and purples and almost black! Even specky bicolour...

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Natural Dyed Easter Eggs with a botanical twist

How to create your own natural vegetable dyes.... HINT - these dyes work best on white or very pale coloured eggs. Hard boil the eggs (and allow them to cool) BEFORE colouring them. Natural Beetroot Dye for Easter Eggs  (will make eggs a purple colour) - 2 cups of...

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Fig, Goats Curd & Macadamia Salad

Introducing EJ Butler - our gorgeous new Guest Gardenette! In this video EJ whips up her beautiful Fig, Goats Curd & Macadamia Nut Salad. This fig salad is a great way to celebrate figs and the dressing using WHOLE FIGS to make it rich and creamy is genius! This...

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Create a Zen Inspired Tea Garden

Life can get a little bit crazy sometimes and we love the idea that you can escape into the garden for a bit of me time. So here’s how to bring a touch of Zen to your little corner of the world. Running water has to be one of the most relaxing sounds and nothing...

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What’s wrong with my roses?

What's wrong with my roses? Whether you've got lots of plants or just one rose bush, this is a really common question! So here are some simple solutions, to solve your rose riddles. 1. Not getting many blooms? Time to dead head your roses AND feed them up!...

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