Peter Bromhead: Cursing at weeds will only help them
Peter Bromhead: Cursing at weeds will only help them

When Prince Charles admitted in 1986 that he enthusiastically talked to his garden plants, this was perceived by British…

Gardening: Space for summer veges
Gardening: Space for summer veges

Not everyone has space for a vege garden. In our backyard, we have a vege plot about the size of a square tablecloth and…

Gardening: Feed your soil so it can feed you
Gardening: Feed your soil so it can feed you

Late spring brings ideal growing conditions to get summer vege gardens under way, as the weather brings sun and rain, and…

Zen brings a peaceful balance
Zen brings a peaceful balance

Asian gardens evoke a sense of deep calm and tranquillity. Zen principles guide fine balance between hard and soft structural…

Gardening

Gardening: What to plant in October
Gardening: What to plant in October

October is the high point of the spring flowering season. Blooms of roses, camellias, rhododendrons…

Kids get a real buzz outdoors

When the sun is shining it's time to get the children outside away from the screen. The more interactive your garden, the…

Gardening: Simple joys on your own patch

The cottage garden is the ultimate in garden frugality. Back in Granny's day, gardens were not "designer" items - they were…

Go fruity in garden makeover

Spring is always a key time for gardening - the soil is soft and easy to dig, and plants are cranking into action. It's…

Prepare to salute the admirals
Prepare to salute the admirals

Most gardeners don't plan to grow caterpillar food, but our precious plants sometimes end up exactly…

Give your garden the acid test

I've never properly given acid-loving blueberries a go in our garden, despite a brief attempt many years ago. I bought a…

Gardening: A growing passion

"We moan about it," says green-fingered octogenarian Peter Brady, "but Auckland's weather is perfect for gardening." It's…

Green cloak can be put to work

Throw in longer days, warmer temperatures and regular rain, stir up the soil and you have the perfect recipe for a weed…

Simple solutions to clean rivers

Travelling by bus and train you get a great view of the surrounding countryside, thanks to large picture windows and the…

Magnolias herald spring's arrival
Magnolias herald spring's arrival

When I arrived back in Auckland, the difference in temperature to Wellington was blatantly apparent.

A living room in your backyard

Make use of your outdoor space for entertaining, Carol Bucknell writes.

Power to your pruning

Get your pruning right and your trees will be happier than ever.

A larder for all creatures

A food forest is an orchard the way nature intended. Humans get the benefit of fruit, nuts, herbs, fibre (and sometimes…

Branch out in style

Deciduous fruit trees lend themselves to beautiful landscape design for the patient and talented gardener. Some of the most…

Garden hub set to grow homes
Garden hub set to grow homes

The birthplace of the country's biggest garden centre is for sale for the first time in 102 years.

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Weekend Project

Weekend project: Make your own bed
Weekend project: Make your own bed

Families can be transient during summer, moving from one relative to the next, sharing a meal and some stories from the…

Weekend project: One for the birds
Weekend Project: Blowing in the wind
Weekend project: Off the wall art just the ticket
Weekend Project: Sit back and relax
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Life & Style

What I hate about restaurants
What I hate about restaurants

As the festive season approaches, it’s time to once again highlight some of the worrying issues that you might face when…

Elaborate rice bubble art
5 food tips for your heart
Bar review: Q Theatre Bar, Auckland CBD
The rules of public pashing
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