Photo by Elizabeth Explores on UnsplashWith hose-pipe bans a week away in Auckland, we are hoping that Mother Nature will soon take over chief irrigation responsibilities but there are a few things you can do to keep your garden in good shape over the coming months. When rai...
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Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash You might notice your roses are looking a tad confused at the moment - some are choosing to flower profusely, while others have folded early and headed into winter. Although hard pruning is generally saved for the cooler winter months betwee...
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Your questions answered for as long as the lockdown lasts!

We have been sharing tips with our locked-down customers who want to keep their gardens looking gorgeous until their next Kate & Co. visit! And we thought why not share some of their questions (and our advice) with you all…. Help! How do I get rid of a rat i...
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Did you know that you can make a really easy, all-purpose garden fertiliser from your banana skins?  Just grab a container and soak two or three skins in around 600ml of water for a few days (or you can put about a litre of water in a bucket and just add your banana ski...
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While Easter weekend often involves a mad dash to the garden store, this year we’ve come up with a few easy ways to show your garden some love, without heading out at all. Mulch & cover vegetable beds - if you have seedlings ready to go then it’s time to pop these in the...
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Since it is likely our home caffeine consumption is going to soar over the next little while, we thought it might be handy to have some quick tips on what to do with those used coffee grinds in the garden. Just remember to give the grinds a really loose mix in with the soil,...
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"So are these weeds? They don’t seem to do much. Do you want to just pull them out?" That is generally how the conversation goes around Hellebores. And to be honest when they are not flowering they are certainly ‘subtle’ in colour and texture. BUT in mid winter, when e...
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Trailing options for street front planting...

When you have a strip of plantable space out front of your home, knowing what to plant can feel overwhelming.  A wander up and down your street will give you a good feel for how your neighbours have approached things and is also a great way to get a sense of what is lik...
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Shared spaces offer some great options for well thought through planting.  This week our team have been reworking a couple of these zones, including apartment shared walkways and school gardens.  These areas are often considered tricky for the following reasons: th...
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Create your own Succulent Wall....

On a recent trip to Russell I came across some fantastic looking living walls such as this one decorating the entrance to Hone's Garden (the best summer pizza joint by the way). Living walls are excellent when you have limited space or just want to freshen up blank wall...
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