Gardening: Simple joys on your own patch
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
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 that. In contrast…

Give your garden the acid test
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
Gardening: A growing passion

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

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

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

A living room in your backyard
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

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

Plant for summer harvest
Plant for summer harvest

Gardening in the depths of winter is not particularly inviting, but it is a great time to get outside…

DIY can save cash in the long run

Keeping chickens and growing your own veges is the first step to being self-sufficient.

Thousands rush to view 'Titan's Penis' in France

Hundreds of curious visitors braved long queues in the French city of Nantes to catch a rare glimpse of an enormous flower…

Matariki - time for renewal

Matariki and a life on the land. Our very own Maori New Year started yesterday. Each year the date changes depending on…

Answer is blowin' in the wind

Arborists certainly had a windfall after that mighty storm blew through the country and winds reached an impressive 170km/h…

Shrubs in the city
Shrubs in the city

A homely touch in the form of a community garden set amid industrial surroundings is taking root at…

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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
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