Growing Guide for Orchids

Dear Garden Doctor, I have recently been given some orchids that have outgrown their old terracotta pots. What is the best way to care for them and best way to re-pot them, and which type of soil to use? What is best way to care for them and then get them to flower? Thanks for […]

Read more

Rice Watering Garden

 ‘Dear Kris, I heard that after washing the rice water be used as a general fertilizer for plants and the garden? Do you think this is true or just an old wives tale? Rasheenayen, Bali. Well my mother-in-law swears by it, and as for myself I also water it around the garden. It seems to […]

Read more

Collecting Rainwater

Dr. Kris, There’s so much rain it seems a pity not to capture it for use. We erected a gutter on my roof in Ubud to catch the rain water into a rain barrel. The problem is the stored water quickly turns brown and fetid and attracts all kinds of unwanted insect life in there. […]

Read more

Edible Tropical Gardens

‘Hi Kris, I’ve had a terrible time trying to grow salad greens for the kitchen. The few plants that did survive the onslaught of bugs and pests soon floundered in the heat. I am starting to reconsider if it’s even worth trying or perhaps trying something different, or growing in the wet season? The problem […]

Read more

The Danger of Glyphosate

‘Hi, I read about the $289 million court case and the glyphosate Roundup, what are the best ways to kill weeds without weed killer? Seems you just can’t stop the weeds in the tropics, just in the home garden and around the paths. Please help. Thankyou in advance. Lucas, UBUD.’ In August, a US Court […]

Read more

Fertilizing the Garden

‘Dear Dr. Kris, I would like to ask you about fertilizer available in Bali. A few days ago, we moved a few 5m-high palm trees from the area near our pond to the other part of our garden as their roots had caused the pond to leak. I wonder if they need fertiliser to settle […]

Read more

A Herb Is What You Make It!

‘Dear Garden Doctor, I’ve finally relented and got this idea to join in with those hipsters types and grow some herbs. Just wondering if there is any real difference between a herb and a vegetable? I want to grow a simple herb garden to use in the kitchen mainly for convenience and a bit of […]

Read more

Freeing Rootbound Plants

‘I live in Thailand and I have just moved into a new house the previous owner has left me a beautiful pot plant which seems to be absolutely thriving but after a little deeper look I can see the plant has grown into the soil under it. The plant is in a very awkward place […]

Read more