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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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The Best Winter Crops for Your State

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. timberland soldes 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. timberland pas cher 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. ugg australia Vegetables that thrive in in Tassie and Victoria include;  

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  • 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;  

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  • Carrots
  • Cauliflower
  • Onions
  • Pumpkin
  • Sweet Potato
  • Tomatoes
  • Zucchini
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    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. moncler Doudounes 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. ugg pas cher 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. soldes puma chaussures What can be better than that!   The possibilities are endless when it comes to your winter garden.

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Essential Tips for Taking Care of Your Winter Garden

The days are becoming shorter and the mercury is slowly dropping. moncler As much as we hate to admit it, summer has ended and we’re soon approaching the cold months of winter. timberland chaussures 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. ugg pas cher femme   Prune and Tidy Once the leaves have fallen, it’s easier to spot invasive climbers and crowded growth to remove them. puma sneakers 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. bottes timberland pas cher   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.

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More of the Most Famous Gardeners in the World

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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

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