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The Best Winter Crops for Your State

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There’s nothing like planting a fresh crop in your backyard and watching those first sprouts poke their heads up and out of the soil. In Australia, we’re lucky enough to be able to grow and enjoy vegetables all year round. Winter can be the best time to plant vegetables perfect for those comfort food meals, but different vegetables thrive in different areas of the country due to our regional climates. Before you start rolling up your sleeves, all you have to do is research your region to see what grows best, and the best times to get planting!

 

Cooler Climates: Victoria and Tasmania

Even though the temperature can drop below zero in these areas, it doesn’t mean you still can’t grow a variety of winter vegetables and herbs. If you’d prefer to grow herbs outdoors rather than indoors, consider growing chives, coriander, parsley, mint and shallots. Vegetables that thrive in in Tassie and Victoria include;

 

  • Beetroot
  • Broad beans
  • Carrots
  • Cauliflower
  • Spinach
  • Leeks
  • Onions
  • Potatoes
  • Turnips

 

 

Most of these vegetables also grow well in subtropical areas such as northern NSW and south-east Queensland.

 

Tropical Climates: Northern Territory, Northern Queensland and parts of North Western Australia

If you’re lucky enough to live in the tropical regions of Australia, you’re almost spoilt for choice when it comes to the list of vegetables you can grow in your patch! You almost have your pick of the bunch, but the more popular ones you can grow easily are;

 

  • Broccoli
  • Carrots
  • Cauliflower
  • Onions
  • Pumpkin
  • Sweet Potato
  • Tomatoes
  • Zucchini
  • To name a few!

 

 

Temperate Climates: Sydney, Coastal NSW and parts of Western Australia

Like elsewhere in Australia, this part of the country is great at producing spinach, green beans, peas and broad beans. Most herbs will also grow well throughout the whole year in this climate.

 

Growing the right food in winter is easy when you choose the right produce for your area. Make sure your garden bed is in an area that still gets plenty of winter sunshine, keep them hydrated and you’ll soon be reaping a wide range of healthy and nutritious vegetables and herbs grown in your own backyard. What can be better than that!

 

The possibilities are endless when it comes to your winter garden. At Evergreen Growers, we’re here to give you find the best advice and help you find the best tools to get your next garden project started.

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Essential Tips for Taking Care of Your Winter Garden

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The days are becoming shorter and the mercury is slowly dropping. As much as we hate to admit it, summer has ended and we’re soon approaching the cold months of winter. During the wetter months, it can be easy to put garden care to the back of your mind, especially during those frosty mornings where it can be difficult to leave the warmth of your home. Even when it’s cold outside, your garden could use some care, so we’ve compiled 4 fun ways you can care for your garden when the temperature drops.

 

Prune and Tidy

Once the leaves have fallen, it’s easier to spot invasive climbers and crowded growth to remove them. Pruning is an easy way to tidy up your garden, but be careful not to prune any late winter or spring flowering shrubs or plants! Raking up any dead leaves and twigs is also a simple way to tidy up, and can ideally be used for mulch or as a great addition to any compost.

 

Pay Attention to Your Winter Flowering Plants

Although you may not think your garden needs watering in winter, some plants need an extra shower. Although many plants tend to rest during the cooler months, any spring bulbs or winter-flowering natives are still growing. Remember to keep these fertilised and watered to ensure a happy growth and lots of blooms once spring returns.

 

Plant New Crops in Your Vegie Patch

With changing seasons comes an ever-changing vegie patch! If you, like many other Australians, have begun to invest in your own vegie garden, you’re excited about the endless possibilities available to you when one season ends and another begins. There’s plenty of time left to grow some nutritious winter vegetables perfect for a hearty soup. Research your area and find out the best time to plant carrots, broad beans, spinach and lettuce as these vegetables often thrive during winter!

 

Brighten Up Your Day with Some Colour

If the grey skies are getting you down, there’s no better way to exercise some self, and garden, care than to plant some potted colour. Find some natives or bright and cheerful varietals that are already in bloom. Simply plant these in well-draining soils, keep them in bloom with deadheading, fertilising and watering, and enjoy the bursts of colour!

 

At Evergreen Growers, we’re passionate gardeners who love to garden all year round. Check out our range of plants and gardening supplies online, ideal for getting you through the winter months!

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More of the Most Famous Gardeners in the World

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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. 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. As well as being a celebrated TV host, Cundall is also a broadcaster, horticulturalist and conservationist. 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. 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. Like Peter Cundall, Durie is an active environmentalist.

If you want quality plants worthy of a celebrity gardener, browse the vast selection of plants from Evergreen Growers, and plant your dream garden today!

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The Most Famous Gardeners in the World

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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. 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. 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. 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. 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.

At Evergreen Growers, we’re gardeners selling plants to gardeners. Check out our huge range of plants online, and create your dream garden today.

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More of the Most Famous Gardeners in the World

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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. 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. As well as being a celebrated TV host, Cundall is also a broadcaster, horticulturalist and conservationist. 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. 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. Like Peter Cundall, Durie is an active environmentalist.

If you want quality plants worthy of a celebrity gardener, browse the vast selection of plants from Evergreen Growers, and plant your dream garden today!

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A Few Items That Will Make Your Gardening Experience Easier

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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. 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. 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. 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. 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.

At Evergreen Growers, we’re gardeners selling plants to gardeners. Check out our huge range of plants online, and create your dream garden today.

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Creative Ideas for DIY Planters

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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. 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. Another creative idea is to glue a cute teacup and saucer together and use as a hanging planter. 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. 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. 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.

At Evergreen Growers, we encourage creativity around gardening. Check out our range of plants online to fill planter boxes and gardens alike!

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Green up Your Apartment with These Easy Tips

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Most of us love getting back to nature and having a bit of greenery in our everyday lives. It makes us feel calm and is great for our mental as well as physical health. 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. They are quaint and cute and there is a lot you can learn as a hobbyist bonsai owner. Just makes sure that you choose one that is intended for indoors, otherwise you might have a withering bonsai on your hands.

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.

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.

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. Browse our online store and choose yours today!

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Nifty Gardening Hacks that Will Make Your Life Easier

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We all love having that “Aha!” moment when we read about a genius, innovative life hack, especially when they’re so simple, obvious and easily replicated. There are so many out there for every life situation, from camping to makeup, but what about when it comes to gardening? Well you’ll be happy to know, my green-thumbed friend, that there is an abundance of gardening hacks out there, and we’re willing to share just a few for your benefit.

Grow Seedlings from Eggshells

When you’re next cooking with eggs, be careful to crack them taking only a little bit of the shell off the top. Place a bunch of these empty eggshells in an egg carton and fill with soil, then plant with seedlings. It’s great for the environment as it doesn’t use those little plastic containers, it looks cute and adds extra calcium to the soil. Fab! 

Citrus as a Cute Planter

You can also recycle your halved citrus fruit rind into a nutritious, cute and nifty planter after using your citrus. 

Put a Coffee Filter at the Bottom of a Plant Pot to Prevent Water Leakage

This is especially handy for indoor pot plants. We all know the frustration of watering a plant only for the water to seep out the bottom almost immediately. It can cause a mess and leave your plant feeling…well…drained! If potting a new plant, place a coffee filter at the bottom of the pot before filling with soil and planting the plant to avoid this issue in the future.

Plastic Forks to Prevent Predators

Allegedly, placing plastic forks handle down in the soil around plants helps to prevent predators such as possums. Intriguing and bizarre, but it’s said to work! 

Epsom Salt and Baking Soda for Sweeter Tomatoes?

Although the sweetness of tomatoes is generally genetic, there are a few things you can do to help them along the way to a sweeter taste. Mix vegetable oil, baking soda and a touch of castile soap and spray on the plants to help fight fungal infection and increase the chance of sweeter tomatoes. Epsom salt is also a great all-round fertiliser for any plant, as it helps increase nutrient absorption when added to soil and the rest of the plant.

The possibilities are endless when it comes to creative ways to improve and simplify your gardening. At Evergreen Growers, we’re all about providing the best plants and gardening advice for you.

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Gardening Gadgets for Geeky Green Thumbs

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There are gadgets for everything these days, for every room of the house and every situation. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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.

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. We’ll supply the plants, while you can tend to them however you’d like. Check out our online store for a range of beautiful and luscious bargain plants to expand your garden and live green today!