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Attract Birds to Your Garden with These Plants

Are you an avid birdwatcher who’d like to bring your passion to your own front- and backyard? Perhaps you secretly suspect you’re Snow White reborn. Whether you’re just starting out, or you’re already a longstanding bird spotter, you’ll be thrilled to know that there are a range of known plants available that are likely to attract some beautiful sounding, beautiful looking feathered creatures straight to your home. Peek out of your window – you won’t even need binoculars! Evergreen Growers have the tips on a range of bird-attracting flowers, well-suited for the Australian climate. Read on to learn more.

The home of the songbird

Did you know songbirds originated in Australia? No wonder our great island is so spoilt for colourful and lyrical birds! By planting flowers popular with birds, you’ll likely enjoy a cacophony of beautiful bird song!

Why birds are drawn to your plants

You may be curious to know why birds are drawn to specific plants to begin with. In many cases they actually get drawn to the bugs that like to eat your plants – as a natural bug repellent of sorts. So not only will your new plants stay healthy and beautiful, but they’ll attract some beautiful birds, too!

In the case of nectar producing trees, you’re likely to attract crowds of honey eating birds looking for a delicious meal. These include fairy-wrens, eastern rosellas, noise miners, red wattlebirds, scarlet honeyeater and many more!

Banksia trees

Did you know fairy-wrens love hanging near Banksia trees? Not only do they love the sweet nectar produced by the orange banksia flowers, but they also enjoy the shade and cover provided by the thick foliage. If you love the blue and orange coloured darting bird, you ought to incorporate some banksias into your backyard landscape.


Grevillea, or spider flower, is a popular plant amongst birds. The sweet nectar produced will attract honey eating birds such as eastern rosellas, fairy-wrens, and more!

Beyond these two, there’s a wide range of stunning, nectar producing , bird attracting plants you can choose from for your garden available country-wide!

Make your garden the local birds’ favourite spot!

To rig the deck, consider investing in a bird feeder and bird bath as well to provide local birds with everything they need to stay healthy and happy all year round!

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4 Ways You Can Help Your Garden Survive a Dry Summer

If this spring is anything to go by, this coming summer is set to be a scorcher.

While you might think your garden will cope well with the extreme climates that the Aussie environment can throw it on, it’s important to remember that we had a considerably dry winter. Add on a dry summer, and your garden could be in dire straits.

So, we’ve put together five easy ways you can look after your garden this summer, so you can see it through to next winter.

Use Mulch

Mulching your garden beds will help reduce the amount of moisture that is lost from the soil and potting mx from evaporation on hot and windy days. An added benefit of mulch is that helps to stop weeds in their tracks. 

Water in the Morning

Watering your garden in the morning is widely regarded as the best time to do it when the mercury is high. It helps to hydrate and prepare your plants for the weather ahead, and evaporation is less likely to occur. 

Give it a Good Weeding

If your garden appears dryer than usual, especially in the height of summer, the first thing you should do is to remove every weed. Weeds sap moisture from your garden, and also compete with your plants for valuable resources.

Of course, if you are going to roll up your sleeves and tackle your weeds in the middle of summer, ensure you do it at the right time of day, drink plenty of water and wear sunscreen.

Invest in Drought Tolerant Plants

In any garden that experiences dry conditions, it’s always a great idea to plant drought tolerant natives over varietals that require extra care.

It’s getting increasingly easier to find drought tolerant plants. Some of our favourites include:

  • Herbs like rosemary, sage, thyme, mint and oregano
  • Beautiful natives like banksias, kangaroo paw, bottlebrush
  • Think snake plant, agave, aloe vera, aeonium and varietals of cacti
  • Flowering plants like lavender, proteas and bougainvillea. Plus plants that attract bees are an added bonus!

Fortunately, although we do experience some extreme condition in Australia, we’re lucky to have a wide range of drought-tolerant natives that can withstand the dry conditions we’re sure to experience this coming summer.

If you have any questions about what natives you can plant in your region, or if you’d like some garden care tips, just get in touch with the Evergreen Growers team.

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Advantages of Growing Own Garden Produce

Do you know that many fruits and vegetables that we consume on a daily basis, during some time or the other, may have been exposed to pesticides, herbicides etc. and could carry the residual effect? Many of these carcinogenic fertilizers can have devastating consequences, affecting the overall wellbeing of the consumers. You may think that one can avoid these contaminated products by opting for organic produce available in the market. However, wouldn’t it be great if you could grow organic foodstuff in your own garden? Gardening has immense health benefits and nurturing a kitchen garden can improve the overall wellbeing a person in many ways. soldes puma chaussure Availability of Natural Fruits, Vegetables, and Herbs: You needn’t depend on commercially produced fruits or vegetables for consumption. Buy the best seeds, seedlings, or plants, use organic methods to nurture these, and enjoy the fruits of your labour literally. Families with own kitchen garden will be able to consume more healthy fruits and vegetables than a family who is dependent on commercial produce. ugg outlet Growing own herbs like Oregano, Chives, Rosemary etc. can be the crowning glory as these mostly fragrant herbs are essential ingredients in cosmetic and cooking industry. Financially Viability: Growing own produces is definitely a cheaper option – consumption-wise and health-wise. Protection of the Environment: In addition to causing distress to human lives, herbicides and other pesticides destroy the natural composition of the soil. It can have a cascading effect on water, the lives of other vegetation, aquatic animals etc. moncler Organic produce grown at own gardens can reduce this danger to a great extent. A Great Form of Exercise: Any kind of gardening is a great workout for the body. It is the best way to obtain your daily dose of Vitamin D from the Sun. No more difficulty in calcium absorption and no more aches and pains of the joints especially among the elders. Mental Satisfaction: The enjoyment of seeing your labour taking shape gives a mental high, and a happy frame of mind means a happier existence. Daily interaction with plants can be a great stress-buster. magasin uggs pas cher en ligne One can forget the tensions and worries and relax among the plants. Green plants/trees, through photosynthesis, increase the oxygen content of the atmosphere and reduce harmful carbon dioxide. moncler soldes In a nutshell, nurturing a garden full of fruits, herbs, flowers, or vegetables can be physically, mentally, and financially satisfying. soldes puma chaussures Improve your health, wealth, and happiness by taking up gardening as a pastime.

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Do You Know the Benefits of Container Gardening?

Growing plants in containers is a practice that has existed for thousands of years. ugg pas cher femme In some places, this is the only way to grow certain varieties of plants all year round as winters there are too cold. However, if we dig a little deeper, we can see that the benefits of container gardening go well beyond this. The most notable advantages of growing your plants in portable pots are: Reduced risk of diseases and pests Potted plants are less susceptible to diseases than those grown in the soil. bottes ugg soldes This is a fact proven by thousands of gardeners from different parts of the world. Some pests will not be able to harm plants grown in containers instead of the open soil. timberland pas cher Even if contamination by insects or a disease does occur, you will be able to isolate the affected plant easily and protect the rest of your garden. Less labour, more enjoyment Weeding, and generally caring for plants grown in containers is much easier. You save time and effort while getting all the benefits offered by a beautiful garden. In addition, you will be able to keep all your plants well-fed as fertilizing a limited amount of soil in a pot is a quick and simple task. Timberland pour hommes You can ‘remodel’ your garden whenever it strikes your fancy If you enjoy creating beautiful arrangements and redecorating your garden often, containers will be the best option for you. Not only can you move them around easily, but you can also ‘plant’ together species that cannot actually grow next to each other due to their differences in requirements. However, don’t forget that some plants have strict requirements regarding lighting, so be sure to keep them hidden from the relentless sun. moncler jacket soldes Perfect for a test run If you are unsure about how a certain plant will grow in a shady or sunny area in your garden, placing a container with it in the spot will allow you to observe its progress. The best thing about testing the waters this way is that you can save the plant the moment you see the environment is too much for it. puma homme You can place several pots with different plants and note which grow best in this particular spot. Fun pastime with your kids The benefits of gardening are numerous, and there is scientific evidence to prove this. timberland boots homme So, introducing your children to this activity is a great idea. Containers are the perfect option as they are easier to tend to and you can grow an assortment of plants that your children love to keep them interested.

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Do you have that one neighbour whose yard reminds you of the Garden of Eden? Beautiful flowers that blossom all year round, well-trimmed hedges that surprisingly never overgrow, and those fountains you see in movies of cupid-like angels gushing water from their mouths? I know, it must be hard living right next to them with your withering flowers, your kids constantly trampling on your plants – not to mention the dog always digging holes and damaging the soil. timberland chaussures Well, the good news is, all this can change if you follow the 3 steps below to transform your junkyard into an earthly paradise. ugg outlet france Rule 1: Take the junk out! Okay, so you literally detest the 30 seconds you spend parking your car into the driveway because you have to come face to face with the monster that is your yard. On one side, your failed attempt to start a cabbage nursery; on another, a rotting kennel of the dog you once had in 1995. When will it end! So step one, roll up your sleeves, and take all the junk out. Bottes UGG Pas Cher France En Ligne Clear all the unnecessary memoirs you have, like the radio you used when in college. bottes ugg soldes I mean, seriously? Why would you leave such things lying around in your yard? Rule 2: Respect the yard! So now you’ve completed the gruelling task of spending 5 hours in the scorching sun clearing the junk out. What’s next? Well, we now move on to the second and most important part of the exercise. Learn to give your yard the respect it deserves. timberland femme You can start by emphasising to your family the importance of keeping the yard neat and tidy. timberland pas cher A great conversation for teenagers would be like, “hey guys, I know you want to bring your friends over but picture how disgusted they will be when they find out here’s where old spare parts are brought!” If you have a pet, potty train them to respect the outside of the house just as much as the inside. Rule 3: Beautify! This should be so much fun considering you just overcame the 2 hardest steps. Find the right set of plants that suit your home. I’m talking durable all year round plants. moncler pas cher If you’re looking for the perfect flowers to impress your guests, the African Iris blossoms really beautiful ones. For a great hedge, why not try the Photinia Red Robin? You will definitely be giving that pompous neighbour a run for their money with such style.

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Why You Need Basil In Your Garden?

Basil is one of the most important herbs, used in Thai, Italian and Indian cooking. puma 2018 pas cher Basil, sweet Italian (Ocimum basilicum) not only adds flavour to the food, but has many medicinal properties as well. It is used for healing many ailments in many tropical Asian regions. This aromatic herb has bright green leaves and can be grown in your garden on the ground or in pots. This plant grows approximately to a height of 45 cm.

Culinary uses

Basil can be added directly to the salads or can be used as basil pesto, which can be added to egg, meat preparations. Chopped basil can be sprinkled on baked fish, lamb or chicken. ugg pas cher Dried basil leaves can be used in any dish of your choice. Basil leaves are an important ingredient in tomato sauce. You need to add basil at the end of the cooking procedure to retain the minty aroma of the herb. It can be added to various soups and stews as well. basket timberland It can be pureed by adding olive oil and this can be stored under refrigeration. This puree can be drizzled over many prepared food items like pizza.

Health benefits

Basil is a rich source of iron, vitamin K, beta carotene, etc. prix doudoune moncler Apart from this, basil leaves also have anti-oxidant, anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. It helps in keeping the arteries healthy and retarding the aging process. Basil when added to food improves digestion and reduces the fullness of the stomach. Chewing fresh basil leaves or drinking basil tea made of dried basil can soothe cough and cold and can relieve nausea. Oil of basil inhibits the action of pathogenic bacteria like Enterococci, Pseudomonas, Staphylococcus, Shigella, etc.

Growing basil

Basil can be grown easily from seedlings available from garden nurseries. The herb prefers warm temperatures and grows best when it receives at least 5 hours of sunlight every day. soldes puma chaussure If growing from seeds, sow the seeds in well drained soil with a good amount of sunlight for at least 5 hrs a day. This plant cannot survive frost temperatures and requires moderate watering during warm climate. To promote the production of fresh leaves it is necessary to remove the flower buds as soon as it appears. You can grow it as a border in your outdoor garden or you can opt for growing them in pots indoors. Pruning the basil plants in every 2-3 weeks will improve growth.

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Growing Herbs in Containers

The first known documentation of herbs was in about 2000 BC in Babylon and they, along with herbs and spices from the Orient and India, were exported right through the continents through to the ancient Egyptians, who learned the traditional uses through their trade. Today, we have a renewed interest in herbs with many people creating their own culinary and medicinal gardens. moncler paris This is easy to achieve, as herbs are generally undemanding and because they are able to be grown on a small scale, there are many that thrive in a container garden environment. ugg australia pas cher It is important to regularly pick your herbs at the tip of each steam while they are growing, otherwise you will end up with tall thin plants. ugg australia pas cher Your herbs will thrive if you feed them with liquid seaweed, which contains trace elements and minerals that give lush, strong plants, while still retaining their flavour. Here are some of the easier and most commonly culinary herbs which grow well in containers. puma pas cher Fresh growing organic basil Sage, Bay, Thyme and Rosemary These are classic English country garden herbs and have robust flavours that are excellent for soups, stock, meat dishes, pastas and sauces. They prefer to have a dryer root, so try not to over-water them. Sage can be grown from seed, but Bay, Thyme, and Rosemary are easier to grow as established plants or grown from cuttings. Mint Virtually indestructible, mint grows fantastically as a container crop. Mint is hugely versatile and can be used in everything from teas, sauces, chutneys, and salads. This herb will grow pretty much anywhere, even where there is heavy shade, but does require regular feeding and watering. Once matured, the plant can be divided into halves or quarters. ugg pas cher femme Chives This is a lovely salad herb that is also brilliant in soups and garnishes. vente privee ugg Chives make a pretty addition to your collection when they flower in spring and attract bees. Easily grown, chives only require four to five hours of sunshine, but make sure the soil is kept damp. Parsley Parsley can be slow to take off from seed, but once it takes hold, it will produce for almost two years before it flowers and goes to seed. bottes ugg This is a very solid hardy herb to grow and takes little maintenance. Basil Basil likes to bask in the sunshine and is best if it is grown in a bright, sheltered, warm area.

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Garden Tours

If you have an interest in garden tours as well as travel, then you have myriad of destinations to choose from which will be bound to satiate your thirst for new gardening ideas and information. From the Chelsea Flower Show, hosted in London, to the wild tundra of the Himalayas – or for the more intrepid traveller – the wild jungles of Borneo, there is much to discover and explore. moncler soldes There are plenty of gardening and botanic clubs, together with tour companies who specialise in trips with a horticultural edge that are sure to satisfy the most avid of garden enthusiasts. For the most part, the Chelsea Flower Show is the jewel in the crown destination for the keen garden follower and is packed with beautiful gardens and ideas. doudoune moncler pas cher However, there are equally as compelling organised tours that include exotic destinations such as China, Portugal, Spain, South America, Kenya and even the Galapagos Islands. Baskets Puma There are even tours, aimed at the higher end of the market, which involve both sea and river cruises as part of the package. ugg australia pas cher femme An organised tour can offer many reasons to take part in, as they are often more comfortable, memorable, and ultimately more informative than going it alone. They often offer entry to gardens that are otherwise not available to the public. There, you can admire and appreciate the surroundings with other like-minded people. Organised tours can make travelling in non-English speaking countries much easier with on board translators and gardening experts. Locally we have a fantastic organisation called My Open Garden. This is an Australian based online hub where people can register their private gardens for people to come and explore. Bottes UGG Pas Cher France En Ligne Travellers and garden enthusiasts can go to this website to find a whole treasure trove of gorgeous private gardens that they can visit. You may wish to combine the idea of a gardening tour with a longer trip where you can stay on after the tour has concluded, or travel to other destinations. doudoune moncler pas cher A good tour operator specialising in this will be able to give you some ideas of numbers and flexibility to adding on other desired locations. It may be a good idea to do some online research of the towns and villages you are visiting and see what other accommodation alternatives there are to suit your needs and timeline. If you are staying in a large city, keep in mind the distance between your hotel and the tour destination. As wonderful as a long line of beautiful gardens to visit may be, it pays to give yourself some down time where you can explore your surroundings and take time out to soak up the shopping and culture while you are there. The weather can be unpredictable at the best of times, so make sure you pack two pairs of shoes, in the even that one may get wet. timberland femme pas cher Bring a lightweight waterproof jacket, a sun hat and plenty of sun screen. The majority of tours will continue, despite the weather conditions. Bring something back! Although you are not allowed to bring back plants from overseas into Australia, you are allowed to bring back seeds.

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Why Buy Ornamentals?

Ornamental trees and plants are grown purely for their beauty – they are inedible, but offer something extra to a garden. Ornamentals can be trees or flowers, and cover a number of different types of each of those things. timberland femme While growing fruits, vegetables, and herbs to provide for your plate, and medicinal plants to help heal your body, are both very good uses of your gardening time, growing ornamental plants can instill within you a sense of pride in what you are able to do. You can show off the flowers you grow through pruning or picking them, giving them to others, or putting a bouquet in a vase or a potted plant near the entrance to your home. soldes timberland This will open up more conversations and encourage connection with others… plus, you might get some great gardening tips! ornamentals If you are thinking about growing your own herbs, fruits, or vegetables, growing ornamental plants is a great way to practice your gardening skills. timberland Why invest in seeds for plants that you want to eat without knowing if you will be able to get the plants to grow? Ornamentals can also help a garden by doing more than looking pretty – they can make sure pests don’t reach food-bearing plants or that wind doesn’t knock over any new seedlings. They can also provide shade to you and to the plants that need it. Soldes Timberland Growing any plants will provide you with better health, since gardening is a physical activity that can also calm the mind. basket timberland In addition to the above reasons, being surrounded by beauty is scientifically proven to be good for your mental health! Flowers are natural mood moderators, impacting both immediate and long-term happiness, and even encouraging connections between people. We have over 120 different ornamental plants that you can invest in. puma sneakers Decide what color flower you want, when you want it to bloom, and how much work you are willing to put into care, and we guarantee that there will be a flowering plant among the choices we have that will fulfill all of your requirements. soldes puma sneakers We recommend buying flowers that bloom at different times so that you can be surrounded by beauty year-round. By buying an ornamental plant, you are not only deciding to add more beauty to your life, you are deciding to help your mental and physical health as well.

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The arguments for rainwater over tapwater

The last few weeks or so has seen an increase in steady, soaking rain in my part of Australia. This is the type of rain all gardeners love: the rain that soaks deep down and nourishes roots gasping for a drop of water. Moncler doudoune pas cher More importantly is the fact that at least some of the farmers suffering under drought conditions have received a little of these rains. chaussures puma Not enough of course and not widespread throughout drought-stricken regions but at least some relief may be at hand. Continue reading The arguments for rainwater over tapwater