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How to Naturally Keep Those Mozzies Away During Summer

It may only just be the beginning of spring, but we bet that you can already feel the excitement and the mosquitoes in the air at the thought of longer days and evenings spent entertaining outside. If you’re tired of reaching for the repellent spray, there’s a natural way of repelling these unwanted insects without the use of chemicals that not many Aussies know about.

It’s not a magical cure. With a bit of time spent in the garden over the next couple of months, you can create a pest-free oasis with a simple collection of plants and herbs.

If you’re the type of person who goes outside for one hour and comes back with countless bites, then you’ll be wondering why you didn’t introduce these plants to your garden earlier.

 

Basil: Not just a tasty addition to your favourite pizza or salad, basil is also a very effective way of repelling mosquitoes. Plant bushels around your garden and not only will you have an endless supply of the delicious herb, but days of incessant scratching could soon be long gone.

Catnip: Some studies show that catnip is 10 times more effective at repelling mosquitos than some sprays – plus your cat will love it.

Lemon Balm: Instead of using a mosquito repellent spray, simply pick some lemon balm leaves fresh from your garden, crush them between your palms and rub it on your exposed skin. You’ll smell great and be bite free!

Lavender: Not only do lavender bushes smell great and add a beautiful element to your garden with their purple hue, but the oil they produce repels mozzies and attracts bees. Lavender loves full sun and needs to be watered once or twice a week and can be grown in either a pot of flower bed.

Rosemary: Effective at keeping mosquitos out of your garden, and if combined with other herbs you can create a repellent salve for skin.

Peppermint: Having peppermint grow in your garden gives you so many uses. The aroma repels those pesky mozzies, and you can brew some fresh mint tea, use it garnishes in your favourite cocktails and even to freshen your breath.

Citronella: We’re sure you’ve heard of this one before and will probably even recognise the scent! Pick some citronella blades from your garden, crush them and you can combine it with other plants from this list to make a salve, or if you’ve been targeted by some mosquitos simply apply it to your skin for instant relief.

 

This summer, before you reach for the spray, try these natural methods and repellents that will not only keep your garden looking beautiful and smelling great, but you’ll be able to enjoy it without the worry of getting bitten.

Browse the Evergreen Grower range of plants and herbs to find your own repellents, and if you’d like some advice or care tips don’t hesitate to drop us a line.

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Indoor Plant Obsessed? Here are Some Pet Friendly Alternatives

While indoor plants are the latest home décor craze, some of them can pose as a potential health risk to your cat or dog. While you might be certain that your pets won’t go after your favourite plants for breakfast, we think it’s best to err on the side of caution and eliminate any plants that might tempt them.

While there’s a long list of toxic plants, you still have plenty of options when it comes to non-toxic alternatives. To save you hours of research, we’ve put together a shortlist of popular indoor plants that are a great option if you have a pet running around your home.

 

Our Pet Friendly Shortlist

Spider Plant: not only are they non-toxic, but they’re easy to care for and grows well in low-light conditions.

Cast Iron Plant: this low maintenance plant is a beautiful option, plus their leaves don’t dangle to tempt your pets!

Boston Fern: non-toxic AND air purifying! What more could you want?

Bamboo Fern: this beautiful plant is high on NASA’s air-purifying plant list. Keep these in bright or indirect sunlight, and you and your pets will be happy.

Parlour Palm: the perfect solution for pet owners looking to add a small tree to their collection. Safe, stylish and great for beginners.

Air Plants: a really cool and interesting plant species that’s becoming more popular as the years go by. As the name suggests, these don’t thrive in a pot of soil. But beware: even though these are non-toxic, pets still love chewing on their spindly leaves.

African Violet: a beautiful house plant with beautiful blooms. Ideal for those wanting a pop of colour in their plant collection, it comes in a variety of purple hues and thrives without bright light.

Most Succulents: popular varietals like echeveria and rosettes aren’t problematic, but with so many succulents available on the market these days it’s best to research each individual plant.

Some Herbs: if you’re space starved in your garden, you might be one to grow your flavourful herbs on a well-lit kitchen windowsill. But unfortunately, not all herbs are pet friendly. Lavender and oregano are off limits, but basil, sage and thyme are A-OK.

 

A Word of Caution

If you’re unwilling to give up any of your toxic plants or feel as though any of the above won’t suit your green thumb, just be sure to keep them high and out of reach, even of the highest-adventuring cat. While you may think you’ve placed it out of harm’s way, you’ll always be surprised where an inquisitive cat might reach.

If you suspect your cat or dog has anything toxic, it’s important that you call your vet immediately.

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More of the Most Famous Gardeners in the World

It goes without saying that gardeners are our favourite kinds of people. In our last blog we had a look at some of the most famous gardener personalities in the world, from journalists to rock stars and writers who just like to garden as a hobby, and landscapers who entirely revolutionised the world of gardening. Timberland Femme There were simply too many of them for only one blog, so here we look at a few more of our favourite famous gardeners that you should know. Gertrude Jekyll With an impressive repertoire of skills to her name, including being a writer, artist, horticulturist and garden designer, Gertrude Jekyll created over 400 gardens in the United Kingdom, Europe and the United States. She wrote extensively on the topic as well, contributing over 1000 articles and writing for Country Life magazine. moncler homme soldes Jekyll has been referred to as a “premier influence in garden design” by many in the gardening community. Frederick Law Olmsted An American landscape architect, Olmsted was an accomplished landscape architect who designed and created several urban parks around the United States. bottes timberland His son, Frederick Law Olmsted Jr., was also a prolific gardener and conservationist, making great contributions to national parks. ugg australia pas cher femme Peter Cundall Throughout his diverse career, Peter Cundall became a household name in gardening, renowned for his long-running ABC TV program, Gardening Australia. As well as being a celebrated TV host, Cundall is also a broadcaster, horticulturalist and conservationist. doudoune femme moncler pas cher He currently lives in Tasmania, and as an environmentalist advocates for the protection of the Tasmanian wilderness. Carol Klein With several television hosting credits to her name, including Gardeners’ World, Open Gardens, Real Gardens, Life in a Cottage Garden with Carol Klein and Grow Your Own Veg, Klein is widely recognised in the world of gardening. moncler femme She also is a best-selling author and weekly columnist, and has run her own nursery business. Jamie Durie Jamie Durie is a well-recognised gardening personality in Australia. He is a talented landscaper and horticulturist, and has hosted many popular gardening television programs, such as The Outdoor Room, Australia’s Best Backyards, The Victory Garden and Backyard Blitz, as well as being the original host for the renovation show The Block. basket timberland Like Peter Cundall, Durie is an active environmentalist.

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The Most Famous Gardeners in the World

There’s nothing more lovely and relaxing than spending a day pottering around your garden, toiling away leisurely in the sunshine and seeing the fruits of your labour grow and bloom, and watching it transform throughout the seasons and evolve over time. While gardening isn’t exactly rock and roll, we still think it’s a pretty wonderful past time, and certainly a worthy creative pursuit. Moncler enfant doudoune pas cher Some lucky people get to make successful careers as gardeners, and some charismatic folks have made enough of an impact in the gardening world to become celebrity gardeners. ugg pas cher Here are a few that you should know about. Kim Wilde You may recognise her name and know her as the singer of the hit 80s song “Kids in America”, but did you also know that she is an avid gardener as well? Suffering with anxiety and poor mental health in the midst of her successful music career, Wilde moved to the countryside and turned to horticulture to help her through her difficulties. She cultivates a beautiful garden at her home, and advocates for gardening for those with mental health issues or others who are vulnerable. Lancelot “Capability” Brown Lancelot Brown was perhaps the most famous landscape gardener to come out of England, and is credited as being England’s greatest gardener. He made several contributions to the English style of gardening, and also for pioneering the Serpentine style and his signature of incorporating undulating lawns into his designs. bottes timberland pas cher He worked on several high-profile estates and gardens, designing over 170 parks throughout his lifetime, many of which still exist. Edith Wharton Not only was she a brainy beauty, with a Pulitzer Prize and several Nobel Prize nominations on her CV, Edith Wharton was also an extremely talented gardener. timberland pas cher An acclaimed literary figure, Wharton wrote extensively about her greatest passion, gardening, and also spent plenty of time on her hobby as well. She cleverly designed her own landscape garden at her residence, The Mount in Lenox, Massachusetts. Alan Titchmarsh English novelist, broadcaster and journalist, Titchmarsh was also a professional gardener for a portion of his career, as well as reporting extensively on the subject. He also cemented his role as a celebrity gardener by making several appearances on gardening television programs throughout the years. moncler homme soldes At Evergreen Growers, we’re gardeners selling plants to gardeners.

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More of the Most Famous Gardeners in the World

It goes without saying that gardeners are our favourite kinds of people. In our last blog we had a look at some of the most famous gardener personalities in the world, from journalists to rock stars and writers who just like to garden as a hobby, and landscapers who entirely revolutionised the world of gardening. There were simply too many of them for only one blog, so here we look at a few more of our favourite famous gardeners that you should know. Gertrude Jekyll With an impressive repertoire of skills to her name, including being a writer, artist, horticulturist and garden designer, Gertrude Jekyll created over 400 gardens in the United Kingdom, Europe and the United States. She wrote extensively on the topic as well, contributing over 1000 articles and writing for Country Life magazine. Jekyll has been referred to as a “premier influence in garden design” by many in the gardening community. Frederick Law Olmsted An American landscape architect, Olmsted was an accomplished landscape architect who designed and created several urban parks around the United States. doudoune moncler His son, Frederick Law Olmsted Jr., was also a prolific gardener and conservationist, making great contributions to national parks. Peter Cundall Throughout his diverse career, Peter Cundall became a household name in gardening, renowned for his long-running ABC TV program, Gardening Australia. soldes puma sneakers As well as being a celebrated TV host, Cundall is also a broadcaster, horticulturalist and conservationist. ugg pas cher He currently lives in Tasmania, and as an environmentalist advocates for the protection of the Tasmanian wilderness. Carol Klein With several television hosting credits to her name, including Gardeners’ World, Open Gardens, Real Gardens, Life in a Cottage Garden with Carol Klein and Grow Your Own Veg, Klein is widely recognised in the world of gardening. She also is a best-selling author and weekly columnist, and has run her own nursery business. Jamie Durie Jamie Durie is a well-recognised gardening personality in Australia. ugg soldes 2018 He is a talented landscaper and horticulturist, and has hosted many popular gardening television programs, such as The Outdoor Room, Australia’s Best Backyards, The Victory Garden and Backyard Blitz, as well as being the original host for the renovation show The Block. moncler homme soldes Like Peter Cundall, Durie is an active environmentalist.

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A Few Items That Will Make Your Gardening Experience Easier

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Creative Ideas for DIY Planters

Planters are a versatile gardener’s tool. They are a fantastic way to have a garden when you don’t have much space, if you can’t have in-ground garden beds (perhaps you have a concreted back yard), you want an easy-to-maintain vegetable patch or you want to simply contain a certain flower or plant within an area. Not only are they practical for these and many more reasons, a planter can provide a great aesthetic value to a space. It’s so easy to get creative in building box planters, and upcycling planters out of household items. Timberland FR Here are a few simple ideas for creating planters to try. Pallets This is an oldie but a goodie. Using pallets as vertical planters creates a simple but effective rustic planter that is super easy for a beginner’s DIY project that looks amazing and takes up very little space. It’s a perfect option for a balcony planter, and serves as a fantastic vegetable or herb garden. Wall-Hanging Jars Hang up some jars with string and plant succulents, cacti or flowers such as pansies or petunias. Moncler doudounes femmes Another creative idea is to glue a cute teacup and saucer together and use as a hanging planter. magasin uggs pas cher Make sure that you drill a drainage hole, using a diamond-head drill bit so the glass or porcelain doesn’t shatter. Lego This one’s for those with patience! You can create an eclectic planter with colourful bricks. You can build it small enough for a windowsill or bedside table, or big enough for a full-size planter box. Suitcase Using a suitcase as a planter is an adorable and quaint idea. timberland femme pas cher Find an old vintage suitcase at an op shop or flea market, put in some soil and then you have the perfect foundation for a planter that looks great and takes up so little space. Wheelbarrow An old wheelbarrow is another simple yet effective idea for a planter box. ugg pas cher Plant it with vegetables, or a bouquet of overflowing flowers for a spectacular effect. Old Boots Old boots need not be thrown away to land fill! Instead, give them a new lease on life and fill them with succulents instead. You can feel like you’re doing your bit for the environment and get something cute a pretty to look at as well. ugg sitemap At Evergreen Growers, we encourage creativity around gardening.

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Green up Your Apartment with These Easy Tips

Most of us love getting back to nature and having a bit of greenery in our everyday lives. puma homme It makes us feel calm and is great for our mental as well as physical health. ugg pas cher It can be hard getting that little slice of nature in our lives if we live in a city, as it can be hard to get away from work for a day trip to the countryside, and even harder to experience it if we live in an apartment building and don’t have a backyard. Don’t despair though, because at Evergreen Growers, we have some tips to keep a fraction of flora in your life, no matter what your lifestyle. A Window Box A window box is a beautiful and practical way to create an urban garden in your apartment. They conjure up images of idyllic country cottages. Plant whatever you’d like (within reason, of course!), from herbs to cacti and succulents, peonies or other ornamental flowers. House Plants From peace lilies to fiddle leaf fig, snake plants and everything in between, there are so many house plants that are appropriate for the indoors. If you worry about killing your house plants, then never fear, because there are a huge range of incredibly hardy plants out there that are almost impossible to kill. Hanging Baskets This trend has made a huge comeback since the 60s, with macramé hanging baskets appearing in so many hipster homes around the city. Fill them with a beautiful draping Boston fern, string of pearl plant, spider plant, devil’s ivy…the list goes on and on, and the end result is incredible. Bonsai Tree A bonsai tree is a nifty idea for an indoor plant. puma en ligne They are quaint and cute and there is a lot you can learn as a hobbyist bonsai owner. bottes ugg pas cher Just makes sure that you choose one that is intended for indoors, otherwise you might have a withering bonsai on your hands. timberland sitemap Create a Wall Planter Whether it be a simple shelf, pallet, jars on strings strung on picture frame hooks or anything else you come with, there are so many possibilities for hanging plants on your wall. ugg australia pas cher femme Terrarium Fun! Terrariums are all the rage these days and there are so many different styles, so choose yourself one that suits your décor or unique personality. ugg pas cher At Evergreen Growers, we’re all about plants and greenery. If you’ve been thinking about introducing some more plant babies into your life, we’re here to offer you the best advice and plants when you need.

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Gardening Gadgets for Geeky Green Thumbs

There are gadgets for everything these days, for every room of the house and every situation. bottes timberland pas cher It’s no surprise that, with a resurge in the popularity of gardening, there are a number of gadgets on the market for the outdoors, and they just keep on coming! Here is a list of our favourite gardening gadgets that you can try out yourself. Wheelbarrow Water Bladder If you have a larger garden with a lot of thirsty plants, this invention will be a godsend. Timberland Pas Cher Forget filling up that little watering can for many return trips to the tap or getting that tangled hose out, there’s a much more convenient option available. moncler en ligne Opt for a wheelbarrow water bladder, which can carry up to 80 litres of water in one trip, and sits comfortably in the tray of your wheelbarrow. ugg australia pas cher femme Easy peasy! Air Pots Air pots are a great way to get your flowering plants blooming brighter and your fruit plants yielding more produce than ever! The pots sit above ground and contain hundreds of little holes around the pot, allowing more oxygen to get to the root system, and stimulating better growth. Husqvarna Automower Like a Roomba, but for mowing! This one will set you back a fair bit (over $1000, eep!), but we like the novelty factor and love the idea of leisurely sitting on the back porch with a cool glass of lemonade while watching your hypnotic robot mower do all the hard work. soldes puma One can dream! The Parrot Flower Power This little gadget and corresponding app is a great option for the forgetful gardener. Just place the intuitive monitoring gizmo into a pot plant or the soil near your plant, and sends an alert to your phone whenever your plant baby needs a bit of TLC, whether it be water, fertiliser, or a repotting. moncler Garden Boot Slippers If you’re out in the garden working in your wellies, but suddenly you feel like a cuppa, what do you do? Take off your boots and go inside right? Wrong! With this nifty little invention, you can slide these slippers over your boots and pop inside quickly, without the hassle of wrestling to get your soil-covered boots off. At Evergreen Growers, we’re all about innovative gardening. puma pas cher We’ll supply the plants, while you can tend to them however you’d like.

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5 Ways to Make the Most of Your Small Backyard Space

Are you living in the inner-city suburbs? Have you recently moved into an apartment block, and all you have to work with is a balcony? Not everyone is lucky enough to move into a place with a spacious backyard, with the room to do everything you want. At Evergreen Growers, we believe that everyone should have a garden that they’re proud of, no matter the size. So, we’ve put together a list of 5 ways to make the most out of your small garden space. Soldes Timberland Raised Garden Bed Building a raised garden bed in your small garden or balcony is one of the most efficient ways of using your space. The garden bed creates a focal point in your garden and it also allows for more space for your plants to grow. Using old pallets or containers are great way to upcycle and breathe some new life into your garden. Hanging Baskets, Pots and Plants Utilising hanging baskets, pots and planters use space that big gardens usually overlook. Hanging them from your verandah, your porch, or from an upcycled clothes rack creates different levels in your space. bottes ugg Plant cacti, succulents, herbs, vines and ferns – hang them at different lengths to create levels. Speaking of levels… Use levels throughout your space Using different platforms, plant holders and pots is a must have for small gardens and balconies. Choose a good selection of evergreens and natives as these will add bright colours and greenery to your garden all year round. Baskets homme Puma Grow up the wall With a small space, use every inch you can! Your garden walls and fences give you extra growing space if you use the right plants for it. Timberland pour hommes Climbing plants are a great choice, such as English Ivy varietals or jasmine. Vertical gardens and planters are also a fun and efficient way to grow herbs and flowers! Lighten it up! Creating an atmosphere within a small space is important when you’re working with a small space. Using lights is an easy way to do this. moncler soldes Light up your space with fairy lights, solar lights scattered throughout pots and garden beds, or candles in mason jars. Whether you need a selection of natives or climbers to make the most out of your small garden space, or you need the tools and supplies to start your project, then you’ve come to right place.