Tims Gardening Column


  • Be cool, green and happy! - Nov 11, 2009

    I think it’s funny that people will go to any length to park their car in the shade on a hot day. The shady spot is the most prized possession in the work car park too. It’s commonsense that your car will be cooler if you park it in the shade. Why then do many of these same people refuse to plant any shade trees around their own house...

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  • It's a Big Thing, Thing! - Nov 10, 2009

    Australia is a big country so perhaps that’s why we are fascinated by big things. Gardeners are fascinated by big things too and that’s why we have competitions to see who can grow the biggest pumpkin. A pumpkin vine can take over your entire backyard so big thing lovers will be happy to hear about a new tomato plant that can produce huge fru...

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  • Pot plants need love too! - Oct 7, 2009

    The windy weather from last week has caused thousands of dollars worth of damage to pot plants in the Macarthur area. When the plants blow over the terracotta or ceramic pots get broken. These can be hard to replace because pot colours and styles change with fashion. If your pot plants are blowing over it is a sign that the plants nee...

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  • Veggie Gardening Can Be Dangerous! - Sep 16, 2009

    This week the boys and I dug up the veggie garden. First we had to pull out all the spent winter vegetables including Broccoli, Broadbeans and Brussel sprouts. I've never grown Broadbeans before and after tasting them this year I won't be growing them again. The kids thought they were disgusting and I had to agree. We spread cow manur...

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  • Hedge your bet with Tomatoes - Sep 2, 2009

    Even today, I still get customers who will only grow Grosse Lisse Tomatoes. This aussie Icon has been around since 1938 but it was actually invented by the Germans. Its a great tasting tomato but if you only grow one variety you increase the chances that your entire crop could be destroyed by pests and diseases. Your local nursery wil...

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