• June 1, 2021 in Uncategorized

    Winter Flower Planting Guide

    The flowers you plant for winter will determine the colours and textures that come through your garden in the cooler months.

    Did you know the flowers that will thrive in your Winter garden will depend on the climate you live in?

    Australia itself has six different climates. Subtropical in South East Queensland and Northern New South Wales and wet and dry tropical in North Queensland and the Northern Territory.

    Sydney, coastal NSW and Victoria offer a temperate climate while our inland areas are dry. Adelaide and Perth’s climates are considered a Mediterranean climate and Melbourne, Tasmania and cool highlands’ cool, dry climate is known as the Southern Tablelands climate.

    Learn all about your climate and the best flowers you can plant for winter here.

  • May 25, 2021 in Uncategorized

    Vegetables You Can Plant Now For Winter

    The quality of your homegrown vegetables lies in the climate they’re grown in. 

    Certain vegetables, fruits, and herbs will thrive in a cool, dry climate while others won’t be able to survive without moisture and humidity. So, for Australians, this means we need to be careful and consider the region of Australia we’re living in before we plant our produce.  You’ll need to study a temperature zone planting guide to gain a good understanding of which plants will thrive in the cooler months.  Read more to learn about the best fruits, vegetables, and herbs for winter growing.

  • May 15, 2021 in Uncategorized

    Relocating Plants: Tips For Plant Transplant Success

    Considering relocating one of your plants to a new spot in your garden? Whether it’s for the plant’s sun and water needs or for the appearance of your garden, there is some preparation you’ll need to complete before you uproot your plant.

    Did you know that relocating plants can often lead to “transplant shock”? Similar to humans, plants can find moving homes pretty stressful.

    A plant experiencing transplant shock can experience burnt leaves, leaf curling, or pest and disease issues.

    The key to avoiding this is all in the preparation. Read more here to learn how to successfully relocate your plants.

  • April 28, 2021 in Uncategorized

    Fine Foliage

    essential elementsThere are so many flowering plants blooming now in gardens, though selecting a few foliage beauties to plant amongst them will really make your garden pop with diversity. Try these for a garden medley.

    Abelia ‘Kaleidoscope’(Pictured). Famed for its unique foliage colour, ‘Kaleidoscope’ has beautiful tones that change with the seasons. By autumn this combination turns from bright orange to fiery red throughout the winter months extending until the early spring. With low water needs and requiring little maintenance, this shrub is ideal for informal hedging and garden colour contrast in a sunny location. 70cm H x 90cmW

    Read more gardening tips here.

  • April 26, 2021 in Uncategorized

    Citrus Leafminer

    essential elementsCitrus leafminer (Phyllocnistis citrella) is a very common pest on citrus plants. The adult is a small moth (wingspan approximately 5mm) which lays eggs on flushes of new growth. Tiny grubs then hatch and burrow into the leaf.

    The larvae feed by tunneling their way around leaving tracks or mines (hence their name) all over the leaf. These tracks commonly look like silvery wobbly lines but may also look like a blister on the leaf. Leaves usually become quite distorted and curl up as the larvae start to pupate.

    Read more here.

  • April 24, 2021 in Uncategorized

    Grow flowering bulbs in a bowl

    essential elementsTry your hand at a different kind of indoor plant by growing bulbs in a bowl of pebbles and water. Easy to do but still delivers amazing results!

    Some spring flowering bulbs will readily grow indoors in bowls without the need for soil. It’s very easy to do and will keep kids interested for weeks as they watch them develop and eventually flower.

    Read more here.

  • April 21, 2021 in Uncategorized

    ZZ Zamioculcas

    essential elementsZamioculcas is an amazing indoor plant but it’s name is certainly a bit tricky. In fact it’s full botanical name is Zamioculcas zamiifolia so how’s that for a mouthful? However it’s worth persevering with because it’s an indoor plant that will survive in low light with little water and zero attention. Just perfect if you’re a little rough on your indoor plants!

    If you’ve had a bad run with indoor plants in the past then give this guy a go. The ZZ is very forgiving of neglect as long as you don’t overwater it. Really the only difficult thing about this plant is pronouncing its botanical name.

    For information on:
    – How to grow Zamioculcas
    – Fertilising and maintenance of Zamioculcas
    – Pests and disease problems of Zamioculcas

    Read more here.

  • April 19, 2021 in Uncategorized

    Knockout Native

    essential elementsGolden penda (Xanthostemon chrysanthus) is a fabulous rainforest tree that thrives in sub-tropical and warm temperate conditions. It’s an Australian native that is related to eucalypts and bottlebrushes and produces masses of amazing yellow flowers in summer and autumn.

    The golden penda comes into flower during autumn and winter with amazing yellow balls of colour. Yet another stunning native plant to add to your garden.

    Learn more about:
    – How to grow a golden penda
    – Fertilising and Maintenance of golden penda
    – Pests and diseases of golden pendas

    Read more here.

  • April 18, 2021 in Uncategorized

    Peas

    essential elementsIf you want to enjoy delicious peas this winter and spring then you need to get planting now. Trust us when we say they taste sooo good picked fresh from the garden.

    Peas are one the oldest veggies to be grown on earth and have been found dating back as far as 9750BC. They were also part of the First Fleet cargo with every convict and marine alike being given a weekly ration of 3 pints of peas!

    Find out how to:
    – Sowing Guide for Peas
    – Fertilising
    – Pests and Diseases for Peas
    – Other Problems

    Read more here.

  • April 16, 2021 in Uncategorized

    Feeding for Calm behaviour

    essential elementsIf you have a horse that tends to be ‘hot and fizzy’ it is important to firstly identify what may be causing this behaviour. It is important to take a holistic approach to your horse’s behaviour, there is no denying the importance of good experiences and training in promoting balanced behaviour; we need to remember that horses are prey animals and any association with a negative or stressful experience may affect their future behaviour in a similar situation.

    There is also no denying the effect that general management, health, and nutrition can have on a horse’s behaviour, simple things like an ill-fitting saddle or overfeeding can result in hot and fizzy behaviour. While there is a myriad of potential causes of hot and fizzy behaviour ranging from pain, ulcers, tying up, training, experience, and nutrition that can and should be considered. Pryde’s EasiFeed discusses nutritional management to help promote calm behaviour in horses with 6 key steps.

    1. Base your horse’s diet on forage
    2. Feed extruded grains in small meals
    3. Don’t overfeed
    4. Adjust the diet for rest days
    5. Cut out grain if all else fails

    Visit the Pryde’s EasiFeed website for more information here.