Tims Gardening Column


  • New Citrus are a winner! - Mar 18, 2009

    A new range of Citrus trees have been released that are perfectly suited for today’s small courtyard style gardens. Citrus Splitzer is two citrus varieties grafted on the one tree. There are 5 combinations available including Lemon& Lime, Lemon & Orange, Orange & Lime, Kaffir Lime & Lime, and Mandarin & Orange. The...

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  • Catch More Fish? - Feb 28, 2009

    With Autumn approaching many people will be looking at replacing all those plants that got killed by the heat. I often see people in the nursery with trolleys full of plants but they buy no soil improvement products. The Macarthur area has a varied soil structure with sandy soils in Elderslie and solid clay soils in most other suburbs. If you...

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  • We were like monkeys - Feb 19, 2009

    Last week I had a reunion with the Anderson family who lived behind us at Rydalmere. When I was a kid we used to jump their fence in Summer and swim in their above ground pool. Kenny's big brother Brian used to hold us under the water until we almost turned blue. He was like a crocodile. They had a huge Santa Rosa plum tree that got c...

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  • Insulate your garden now! - Feb 4, 2009

    With temperatures hitting 40+ the best way to protect your plants from the heat is to insulate the soil. Any mulch is better than no mulch but the finer the particle the more water it will hold when it does rain. Mulch is like a big sponge that soaks up the water and then releases it back into the soil over time. Large chunky mulches allow ho...

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  • This Bug Stinks! - Dec 1, 2008

    When I was growing up in Castle Hill my neighbour was such a tidy freak she used to vacuum the driveway. Once I even saw her vacuuming the Lemon tree in the backyard. It wasn't until I studied horticulture that I realised my neighbour was using the vacuum cleaner to suck the Stink Bugs off the tree. These cockroach looking bugs are al...

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