Top Tips For Planting Seedlings

Prepare your flower bed with lots of compost. Add in one handful of Bone Meal or Super Phosphate per square metre, to encourage healthy root growth.

If planting into containers the potting mix needs to be replaced every couple of years.

Water the seedlings in their trays before you start planting. Gently press the plants out of the tray from the bottom, do not tug them out from the top as you may damage the roots.

Plant the seedlings at the same level that they were in the tray – no deeper or shallower.

Carefully firm the soil around the roots.

Water Well. Keep the seedlings moist until they have settled and then move to your regular watering schedule,

Feed every two weeks with a fertiliser high in phosphorus to boost flower production.

Stimulate more flowering by removing dead flowers as often as possible.

The Ultimate Steak and Bacon Burger

  • 450g ground steak
  • 2 onions
  • 2-4 garlic cloves crushed
  • 2-3 tsp fresh herbs
  • Pepper
  • 1 pack back bacon
  • 2 tbs olive oil
  • Sesame seeded buns
  • Green Salad leaves to garnish

  • Place ground steak in a large bowl
  • Finely grate 1 onion and add to steak mixture
  • Add garlic, fresh herbs and pepper. Mix together and shape into 4 equal size patties
  • Wrap burger in 2 slices of bacon and cover to chill for 30min
  • Pre heat oil and cook the other onion to golden colour
  • Cook burger to personal preference
  • Serve inside buns with a spoonful of onions and green salad garnish

Chicken Ranch Wraps

  • 2 cups cooked grilled chicken breasts chopped (seasoned with your favourite spices)
  • ¼ cup ranch salad dressing
  • ½ cup mozzarella cheese
  • Tortillas

  • Lay tortillas on a clean flat surface. Place ½ cup chicken and 1 tablespoon of cheese on each tortilla.
  • Fold into a burrito shape
  • Heat a heavy duty pan or grill to medium heat. Coat with a light layer of oil or cooking spray and cook wraps for 1-2 minutes on each side or until the tortilla is crispy and golden.
  • Remove from heat, slice in half and serve immediately.

Bee Involved Part Two

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It is a well known fact that bees and other pollinators are under threat. One of the main factors contributing to this is the changes in our landscape structure. Massive urban settlements ‘concrete jungles’ and intensive farming practices are gradually destroying  natural vegetation.

Bees provide us with food rich in vitamins and minerals so why not return the favor and plant a bee buffet in your garden.

Just as we need a variety of food sources to stay healthy and productive so do bees. Having a bee friendly garden does not mean it must be messy, even formal gardens can be filled with bee friendly plants.

The first step is to plan ahead.

Think about the climate of the region you live in. Monitor the area for sun and shade spots. This will give you a head start when you are choosing plants.

bee-buffetBe sure to choose at least ten different varieties that attract bees, anything right from trees down to ground covers can be included. Add some indigenous plants in your selection. Bees have evolved with indigenous plants so they provide nutrients that the bees are familiar with.

Try to have flowering plants in your garden all year round this ensures that the bees have a constant food source.

When spraying be sure to do so when plants are not flowering, most insecticides have a strong scent and this will over power the natural fragrance of the flower.

Prepare the area before bringing home your plants. Wet the ground and mix in compost. When planting add a handful of bone meal or super phosphate to promote strong root growth.

For smaller gardens you can plant into containers, the bees don’t mind. You can also add climbing creepers which do not take up a lot of space and hanging baskets filled with seasonal flowers.

Leave a shallow bowl of water with rocks or sticks in so that the bees don’t drown.

planting-for-beesWhen next visiting the nursery be sure to look out for our ‘Planting for bees’ markers which are placed with the plants that attract bees.

Bee Involved

 What’s all this buzz about bees?


The symbiotic relationship between the bees and the flowers is very easy to understand.

Flowers make themselves attractive for their “date” with the bees. They dress up in pretty colours. Some even change colours in different stages of their development so that they can attract the bees when they need them most. Then they add a touch of scent to lure the bees in from a distance.

As a reward for for all their attention the flower provides the bee with pollen and nectar essential for bee survival. The bee will then mix together the pollen and nectar to form beebread. This beebread is feed to the immature bees.

So no flowers no bees.

What does the flower get out of the relationship, after all the effort it has made to look and smell good and all the rewards it has freely handed out to the bees. As the bees fly from flower to flower some of the pollen from the bees bodies falls off onto the flower. This is called cross-pollination and this is what helps the flower to reproduce.

So no bees – no flowers.

planting-for-beesWhen next visiting the nursery be sure to look out for our ‘Planting for bees’ markers which are placed with the plants that attract bees.