Winter pruning of an espaliered apple tree.

By Kevin Mankey – Espalier tree pruning July 2015. I remember reading in a gardening book years ago a quote saying that eventually every serious gardener will attempt to espalier a fruit tree. Put simply, espalier is the discipline of training and pruning a tree into a single-planed shape such as a fence line or …

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A budding gardening celebrity is born !

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By James Wall. There she stood talking to the camera. Hands waving about like a true gardening celebrity. By goodness, it was our budding young work experience girl, who became our award winning apprentice and is now our highly respected full time horticulturist who also writes a gardening blog on the side. Introducing Bonnie Marie …

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A Melbourne garden in winter.

Still some good trees available.

By James Wall, Gardenworld. It’s time to get off the couch, sharpen up the secatuers and face up to winter head on. There is so much that can be achieved – and when the wind is not blowing too hard from the south, Melbourne is not really that cold at all. Later, you come back …

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Citrus leaf miner – silvery lines on leaves.

There is one pest that has been making an appearance in almost every garden, and that is the citrus leaf miner, Phyllocnistis citrella. They are a common pest that attack citrus trees from summer to autumn, especially when the weather isn’t consistent. But they can also prove to be a problem in the early months …

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Stevia adds life to a soft drink.

By James Wall. We all try to live life in a healthy manner, but I’m the first to admit partaking in the consumption of a few so called ‘treats’. One of them is the very occasional small bottle of coke – only 330ml of it – only 8 and a half teaspoons of sugar !!! …

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Green micro-breaks’ could boost work productivity.

Forget siestas, ‘green micro-breaks’ could boost work productivity Kate Lee, University of Melbourne; Katherine Johnson, University of Melbourne; Kathryn Williams, University of Melbourne; Leisa Sargent, University of Melbourne, and Nicholas Williams, University of Melbourne Most of us know firsthand that spending time in nature can make us feel better. This isn’t just a placebo effect: …

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Australian designer awarded medal at Chelsea.

For those without pay television, you may never have heard of Charlie Albone. He is a Sydney based Landscape Designer who is also one of the hosts of a TV show called Selling Houses Australia. Basically they do up a house, and his job is to fix up the garden – on a budget. This …

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May in a Melbourne Garden.

By James Wall We have been watching the citrus trees with great interest lately. There are lots of orange and yellow fruit starting to ripen. There are mandarins, oranges and lemons aplenty. The Japanese seedless mandarin hasn’t fruited this year, but the Imperial has done well. The important thing right now is that the trees …

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Scale insect – dots on a lemon tree.

It is just amazing how many scale insects are on just this one lemon, let alone what must have also been on the branches.  These scale eat the goodness out of the plant cells. They can literally bite into the skin of the plant. Heavy infestations like this one will weigh heavily on the plant. …

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A new florist to welcome in Mother’s Day.

It is with absolute pleasure that we introduce our new florist Blair Edwards to Gardenworld. Blair has a passion for flowers and has been putting together beautiful bouquets here since January. Prior to that he had a florist in Chelsea, so is well know by some of our regulars. He studied under Dot Humphris and …

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