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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Bug off stingers!

‘I am currently in Bali and I leaned into a plant near The Baleka Resort. I believe I was stung by a bee or wasp, I went to a pharmacy and bought a small bottle of Bokashi oil and found it helped very much! Although my hand is swollen and hurts occasionally, I still don’t […]

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Do Pineapples Grow on Trees?

‘Selamat Pagi, I live in a townhouse that has a small paved area with sunny balconies and was looking for some ideas on growing some salad type plants in planter containers. Looking for easy to grow or the lower maintenance types. What would you suggest for a beginner green thumb like me? Many thanks from […]

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Green Curtains

‘Dear Dr. Kris, I read your reply to a query in the Bali Advertiser. I’m also wanting to know the name of this vine which hangs down. I attach two photos. I don’t think it is any of your suggestions. I’ve never seen it flower. I live in Thailand and want to plant it so […]

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For Forks Sake

‘Dr. Kris, I’m sure grass should be easy to grow I see it growing well everywhere except for in my garden. I only have a small patch of lawn with buffalo grass and it’s a constant struggle, even though I was told it is the easiest to grow, apparently not for me! A few months […]

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