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Posts tagged ‘soil’

Rain, rain, come again … petrichor or geosmin?

Autumn rain after a dry summer triggers an instant transformation of our surroundings. If you have a backyard, you don’t have to step too far to appreciate it. Read more

Dirt lessons in the garden

I was crouching down weeding with my 5-year-old playing alongside me when I realised that I was geeking and gardening at the same time. Read more

Rocks in pots a load of crock

Pots, pots, pots. Gardeners are potty about pots, be they terracotta, plastic, self-watering or not. Read more

Do gardenias need Epsom salts?

If you type ‘gardenias’ and ‘Epsom salts’ into Google, you’ll find a range of gardeners keen to share their love affair with this cheap and available plant tonic. Read more

To rake or not to rake?

Fallen leaves are making a dense mat on my lawn and I don’t know what to do.

Should I rake them up? Or go over them with the lawnmower, leaving the clippings as a mulch? Read more

Scent of the soil

It’s been raining and the colours in the garden are more vivid than ever. The water cranks up the green yet blackens the soil. It’s a garden of contrasts.

When the rain stops and the temperature lifts a little, the smell of damp soil beckons me outside. I can thank the molecule geosmin for that. Read more