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February 21, 2012
by stephen
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Debbie McDonald has written a new article about growing begonias in the March 2012 issue of Gardening Australia Magazine. It covers some of the varieties that are popular in Australia, and gives advice for best growing conditions, fertilising, watering, pruning & propagation.
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December 31, 2009
by stephen

Mowers – 2 stroke vs 4 stroke

Honda 4-Stroke Mower

If you are thinking of buying a mower, be it new or second-hand, there are certain things you must consider before buying. One of the more important decisions is the choice of engine type. Two-stroke engines require the fuel and oil to be mixed together (usually in a ratio of 25:1 or 40:1), and the oil is burnt with the fuel. Four-stroke engines have a separate oil reservoir, so the oil is not burnt or consumed but must be periodically changed. 2-stroke engines can operate upside-down, making them ideal for small hand-held tools like brush cutters. 4-stroke engines must remain level for the oil to properly lubricate the engine. Normally this is not a problem for lawnmowers, but if your yard is on a steep slope, you may be better off with a 2-stroke mower.

Other things you should also consider when buying a mower are expense, hassle, pollution and simplicity. The question isn’t what type of mower is better, the question is what type of mower is better for you.

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December 18, 2009
by stephen

Growing Camellias

Camellia Squircle

Pink Camellia

Camellias are one of the most popular flowering plants. They are small trees that grow between 2 and 20m tall. The beautiful flowers are usually pink, red, or yellow – perfect colours for your garden. Camellias grow approx. 30cm a year, dependant upon their environment. There are over 200 different types of camellias.

Camellias grow best in semi-shaded areas. Some varieties may be able to tolerate some full-sun, but generally should be protected from full sun from the west. Sudden temperature changes and frost should be avoided at all times. If you plant your camellias near a house, fence or tall trees, it will provide the plant with more moderate growing conditions.

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