Outdoor Living

Help your garden thrive with tips from the Plant Doctors at Kings Plant Barn

From experienced green thumbs to keen beginners, Kings Plant Barn has been helping people start, maintain and harvest all manner of garden spaces for three decades. Instore or online, their team of Plant Doctors has the skills and expertise when you need a helping hand....

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Italian gardens

Angus Stewart is back from a whirlwind tour of Italy and its diverse and opulent gardens. From Lake Como to Florence, he shares with us how the Italians make the best use of their green spaces and what stood out in terms of plants and structure.

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Growing Green

With these easy-to-grow vegetables and herbs, it’s time to start enjoying the salad days of summer now and all year-round!

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Watering plants in Summer

Our gardens are never more neglected then during the busy Summer months. The strong heat can often leave our plants crying out for a good drink. Angus Stewart gives us his tips for keeping our green space looking its best.

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Christmas plants

Angus Stewart joins us to discuss Christmas plants for your home and garden. from traditional holly and poinsettia to colourful variations of native Christmas bush.

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Christmas bush

Angus Stewart runs us through the latest Christmas bush and hedging options for summer.

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Floriade back to boom for another year

The spring inspired Floriade is back for another year. Head gardener Andrew Forster tells us what we can expect this year’s Style & Design-themes festival.

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Choosing the right plant for you

Stuck on which plant to buy for your garden? Angus Stewart shares what you should be looking for while at the nursery, from root systems, to potting.

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Spring Gardening

Spring is right around the corner so its time to get back into the garden. Our resident garden guru Angus Stewart gives us some useful tips and tricks to spice things up.

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Prepare your vegie garden for Spring

Prepare your vegie garden for Spring early, by planting for an early crop of tomatoes. Angus Stewart teaches us how.

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Winter Gardening Secrets: transplanting

Winter is the best time for transplanting. Our resident gardening guru Angus Stewart tells us how to do this and keep your plants’ roots intact.

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Italian Gardening Secrets

Fresh from his recent trip to Italy, our resident gardener Angus Stewart shares some of the secrets to growing your own luscious Italian garden.

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Grow your own heirloom vegetables

Ever wanted to grow your own heirloom vegies? Clive Blazey from the Diggers Club teaches us how.

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Rain-roofing your garden

Gardening guru Angus Stuart shares his expert tips for saving your lawn and plants from this season’s torrential rain conditions.

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Contemporary Gardens

Matt Leacy, director of Land Art Landscapes, believes we are steering away from growing structured gardens, and are experimenting more with garden walls and less traditional methods.

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MiNDFOOD Radio: Angus Stewart

Our resident gardening guru Angus Stewart gives us his simple steps for starting your own vegie garden at home.

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MiNDFOOD Radio: Dan Rutherford

Award-winning garden landscaper Dan Rutherford is back to talk to MiNDFOOD radio about sculptures in the garden, what to choose to suit your eco-oasis.

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MiNDFOOD Radio: Dan Rutherford

Geologist turned award-winning landscape designer Dan Rutherford talks to MiNDFOOD radio about how to approach garden design for Christchurch’s changing landscape.

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MiNDFOOD Radio Epsiode 4: Angus Stewart

Our resident gardening guru Angus Stewart talks to us about composting and how our kitchen scraps can be turned into organic gold. MiNDFOOD reports.

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Native plants

Alexis Middleton talks about the best native plants for your garden to provide beautiful flowers, fruit and food our feathered friends through the winter months.

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