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Gareth Carter: Sulky in the cold weather, it’s now the time to shine for these vegetables

Tomatoes and cucumbers are two garden specimens that do not like the cold. We are now coming towards the end of spring and the official start of summer is a couple of weeks away. Reflecting on the spring of 2022, it has been incredibly wet and cold. From from a vegetable gardening perspective, this has …

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Gareth Carter Gardening: Christmas is coming, get your strawberry plants under way

Time to plant strawberries. Photo / File The best time to plant strawberry plants is during May and June. This is not to exclude planting throughout the year but by planting during May and June you will get the maximum production from their first year of growing which means – lots of strawberries for Christmas! …

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Gareth Carter: The most famous weekend in the gardening calendar is here

In cities around the world where people are living in confined spaces, hanging baskets and wall troughs are frequently used. Photo / Supplied Labor Weekend has arrived and has always been the traditional signal that the temperatures are now more stable and soft summer vegetables and flowers can be safely planted outside. It is recognized …

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Gareth Carter: Prepare your garden soil to ensure a successful vegetable crop

Preparing the soil is essential for a successful vegetable crop. Photo / Supplied If your vegetable garden is not already active, now is an ideal time to start. As well as the enjoyment and satisfaction of harvesting your own produce, there are also economic benefits to growing yours own vegetables. Not to mention the proven …

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Gareth Carter: Go for gold this tomato planting season

The golf ball-sized Moonbeam has the highest level of TCL at 4.2mg. Photo / Supplied With warmer temperatures both day and night and a break from the seemingly never-ending rain of recent months, I now have summoned the confidence to get into some summer vegetable planting this week. Myself and 12 colleagues from independent garden …

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Gareth Carter: Spring’s here so plant your strawberries

Strawberries are easy to grow in the home garden. Photo / Supplied Winter this year has been characterized by the immense amount of rain and gray days that we have had. The soil is suddenly in lower lying areas from month after month of rainfall. While we have been wetter than usual, we have maintained …

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