Grass on Clay

Dear Garden Doctor, Would you know what is the easiest way to prepare clay soil or improve it before planting my buffalo turf grass for a small courtyard area? My wife and I for the past two years have been struggling with getting the grass to fully take in the front courtyard. Our backyard has […]

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How Can I Compost?

‘Dear Garden Doc, I want to begin composting but I have never done it before, do I really just throw all my food scraps in the compost bin and it’s that simple? I don’t really understand how composting works. I’ve read it’s the best way to make fertilizer to go on the garden. But my […]

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Growing Succulents and Cactus

‘Hi, if you could provide some information on how best to plant succulents. I’d be super grateful. We are planning on growing a succulent and cactus garden in pots, and out in the ground too in various parts of our garden. It is easy I hear to propagate new plants easily from cuttings with these […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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. […]

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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 […]

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