The Intestines of the Soil

‘Dear Garden Doctor, I have no worms in my garden soil. I just started my first compost pile, my friend tells me it won’t work as I don’t have worms in my garden. I have lived here for 2 years and have rarely seen any. My husband says there won’t be any worms to get […]

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Growing Papaya from Seed

‘Dear Dr. Kris, I have seen papaya trees growing all over the place and am questioning how easy would it be to grow my own from the seeds taken from a fruit. How many years would it take to produce my own fruit, and what sort of growing conditions does it need. Should I start […]

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Fundamentals for Growing Grass

‘Dear Garden Doctor, We built our house 18 months ago and I’m only just getting my lawn looking decent as the builders took away most of my top soil and grass that was left after excavating my block.  I’ve been buying compost soil and transplanting runners and finally it’s getting there but I’m wondering if you […]

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Natural Fertiliser

‘Dear Garden Doctor, I have a small plot with a lawn, frangipani, bromeliads, a lot of leafy border plants. I have a few pot plants and trying to grow tomatoes. What is the best fertiliser to use to give everything a kick along because I don’t think I have the best soil, and obviously I can’t […]

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What a Thoughtful Little Snake

Hi Kris, Just today I found this snake skin close by my pool when i was swimming with my 3 year old daughter. I am a bit concerned that we might have a resident snake in our garden even though we hardly have one and it is very well kept. We live in Sanur. I have attached a few photos […]

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Water Conservation in the Garden

‘We have just bought a block of land up in the hills at Jimbaran where we plan to build our own little piece of paradise. Because the land has been cleared we have a blank canvas to work with but from the outset I would like to maintain a low-maintenance garden if that makes any […]

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WHAT IS A WEED?

‘Dear Garden Dr., I see that you mentioned dandelions in the last article, it sparked some old time childhood memories of blowing the seeds off and watching them float away in the wind – thanks for that! It also revived another memory of mine from my long departed dear grandfather. He said that many moons ago some […]

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Plants to Purify the Air

‘Hi Dr. Kris, Love the information that you deliver. Just a quick question -have heard about using pot plants indoors to purify the air to reduce toxic contaminants. How effective do you think plants would be for removing toxins from the air, or freshening it up a bit, and are there any plants that you […]

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