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5 Apr 2017
3 recommendations
Q. I have given up trying to grow any sort of onion and also garlic, chives and leeks because they get covered in a little black aphid which completely destroys the plant. If I spray, they go away for a period of time but inevitably come back.... More
5 Apr 2017
1 recommendation
Q. Hi there, can you throw some light on my beans, like, where are they? I have a very healthy row of scarlet runner bean plants scrambling over some bamboo stakes. They look fantastic but they have never flowered and consequently, there are no... More
20 Nov 2014
8 recommendations
Q. Hi, I planted my passionfruit last year and it grew well. I got about eight passionfruit and they were a good size. I thought I would get more this coming year, however my vine leaves are yellow and the new growth sparse. I have fed with... More
20 Sep 2014
9 recommendations
Q. Hi, my lemon tree has plenty of lemons on it but no leaves. What could be causing this? Thanks, Amy A. Citrus are evergreen but do drop leaves, usually when they are stressed, too cold, have too much fertiliser, or not enough fertiliser, if... More
28 Sep 2016
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Q. I heard a radio interview where an apple tree grower suggested under planting the fruit trees with herbs in order to reduce weeds under the trees. Can you suggest suitable herbs to plant please? Thanks, Janice. A. This is a wonderful idea.... More


Recent garden questions

5 Apr 2017
3 recommendations
Q. I have given up trying to grow any sort of onion and also garlic, chives and leeks because they get covered in a little black aphid which completely destroys the plant. If I spray, they go away for a period of time but inevitably come back.... More
5 Apr 2017
1 recommendation
Q. Hi there, can you throw some light on my beans, like, where are they? I have a very healthy row of scarlet runner bean plants scrambling over some bamboo stakes. They look fantastic but they have never flowered and consequently, there are no... More
23 Mar 2017
5 recommendations
Q. Hi Tui Team, what do I need to do to grow decent red onions? I just put in another lot as the last lot were small. Do you have any advice please? Thanks, Tina. A. The trick with onions is to plant them into a moist rich soil; and avoid... More
9 Mar 2017
2 recommendations
Q. I have four feijoas trees (two Kakariki, two of another type) in one area, but they are all early season varieties. I would like to extend my feijoa harvest, what variety should I go for? Also, how close does it need to be planted to the... More
22 Feb 2017
2 recommendations
Q. Hello, I am an amateur gardener and have a lemon tree that has lots of fruit but the leaves are covered in yellowish nodules and they are crumpling up. The fruit is flavoursome but the white of the skin is quite powdery while the outer skin... More
8 Feb 2017
3 recommendations
Q. Hi, can you tell me why my limes keep dropping off my tree. I get lots of flowers and most of them start to form little limes and then suddenly fall off. I water every second day and also feed it. It is growing in a large pot. Your help... More
25 Jan 2017
3 recommendations
Q. Hi, I got a lemon tree a few months ago. It's leaves are curling and dull. I've given it citrus food and haven't notice a change. What do you recommend? Thanks, April. A. Citrus leaves will curl when temperatures are cold or in extreme heat... More
11 Jan 2017
4 recommendations
Q. Hi, my strawberry plant leaves are browning and dying off. I planted them in strawberry mix, added strawberry food and water them often. What am I doing wrong? Thanks, Jo.  A. It seems like you have done all the right things to start off... More
1 Dec 2016
1 recommendation
Q. Hi, what plant is the best to plant for cat repellent? They are using my garden to go toliet. Thanks, Kurnia. A. You could try planting curry plant, lemon balm or pennyroyal - available at garden centres. Cayenne pepper and chilli are two... More
29 Nov 2016
1 recommendation
Q. Hello, I wondered if you have any solutions for ants eating my strawberries. They are in their own space and the ground is covered in pea straw. I found one nest which I managed to destroy but still there are more ants! Any hints would be... More

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