Flowers Can Go and Get Stuffed!

‘Dear Garden Doctor, I had never really thought of flowers as food until I recently came across the culinary delight of Italian stuffed zucchini flowers and thought it would be great if I could grow my own edible flowers. Is it possible to grow zucchini flowers in the tropical climate? Do you have any ideas […]

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The Benefits of Trashing the Garden

‘Dear Garden Doctor, I want to use natural fertiliser but don’t have the patience for a compost, do you have any ideas for other easy ways to give my plants a natural kick with organic fertiliser. I’ve heard that banana peels can be used in the garden from vegetable gardens to flowers, palm trees and even […]

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Help! My Frangipani Has Scale Insects!

‘Hi Doc, Rico here!  Can you help with my frangipani? I’d like some advice regarding black leaves and white fluffy spots under the leaves.  Before I go and administer a systemic pesticide to my lovely trees, I’d like a second opinion – are you willing to help, or even visit and consult? Thanks – Rico’   […]

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Fabulous Frangipani

‘Dear Garden Doctor, I have a lawn and a narrow garden bed which is very bare except for the frangipani tree. I was thinking of filling in the bare space with a few more as they are stunning plants and seem low maintenance. I see them growing happily everywhere around and mine has been doing very well […]

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Growing Choko

‘Dear Garden Doctor, I found a long lost forgotten choko on the back of the kitchen shelf that had to my surprise sprouted a fresh set of leaves from the end of the fruit! I have since planted it into a small pot eagerly awaiting to see if it grows up whilst deciding where to put it in the […]

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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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