Chinese New Year
Chinese New Year is being celebrated this year on the 1st February – and farewell to Year of the Ox…what a cow that turned out to be! We welcome the Year of the Tiger; characterised by its braveness and spontaneity, leadership and social justice.
This year Eden Gardens is hosting artist Jayanto Tan in a special workshop where attendees will make ceramic fortune cookies on Saturday 5thFebruary at 10am.
Romance in the Garden
Struggling to quite know what to say? Flowers have been used for centuries to fill in the gaps where words are not enough, revealing secret messages coded into their blooms by colour or type. If you’re into ‘saying it with flowers’ then choose carefully so you say just the right thing!
Traditional Colour Choice
These traditional colour choices mainly apply to roses but may also be applied to other flower types.
The year gets back to normal when school starts up again, and work begins in earnest. When the days are at their hottest, and storms start to brew, it makes sense to garden early in the am or late in the afternoon, and use the time to distress and unwind, or wake up with the birds.
Asian Leafy Greens - Ready to plant and quickly eaten
This summer has been a wet and mild one, so it might be worthwhile jumping the queue for autumn planting by just a few weeks and popping in some Asian leafy greens. Think Mizuna, Mibuna, Mustard Greens (and the purple variety) and Kailaan, Wombok, Bok choy and tatsoi, to name just a few! They tend to be more tolerant of warmer climates, and have a wonderful tolerance to humidity. However it’s the flavour you grow these for, with the peppery edge to many of them adding some pep to your salads and some zing to your stir fries!
Don’t you love summer fruit? Succulent figs, juicy passionfruit, fragrant peaches and the sweetness of sun-ripened strawberry… it’s hard to pick a favourite.
Growing your own fruit doesn’t mean you need to own an orchard either. Many are dwarf, some can be trained up a pergola or on the back fence and some can even be espaliered. The trick is to know what to grow where, so read on or pop in store to find out more details on growing your own this summer.
Mulch is a layer of material placed over the top of your soil. It’s usually organic matter and can range from pine bark to leaf mould, straw and sugar can, but can also be inorganic and include materials like pebbles. So why does your garden need a blanket in summer?
Mulch acts in a variety of ways. It stops water from evaporating from the soil as easily, it supresses weeds,
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