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Stunning Orchid Grown with Katek

Stunning Orchid - Grown on Katek of Course! This Exotic blue Vanda Orchid was grown from a tiny seed in tissue culture to begin with and look at it now! Grown in ideal location in part shade and receiving partial afternoon sunshine, this orchid is one of many species...

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April Garden Guide 2020

“Despite the gardener’s  best intentions, Nature will improvise. ” ~ Michael P Garofalo ~ Feature Plant: Celery! Celery is a crisp & crunchy super green that’s great for you! Best grown from Autumn to Spring, this crunchy delight can be easy to grow in the right...

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Katek Commercial Growers Newsletter – April to June 2020

CEC, is it all it's cracked up to be? Let`s be clear right from the start, CEC does not stand for the Commonwealth electoral commission, or the Coolangatta embroidery club. It is of course Cation Exchange Capacity and if you have soil you have a CEC. But what is it?...

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16 Quick Growing Vegetables you can Harvest in 3-8 Weeks!

If you are in self isolation or spending time at home at the moment and are eager to get some fast growing veges on your table, a productive vegetable garden has the potential to be of great benefit in the months to come.   Getting out into the sunshine, a bit of...

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March Garden Guide 2020

“A garden is always a series of losses set against a few triumphs, like life itself” . . May Sarton . . Feature Plant: Garlic! The aromatic smell & delicious taste brings to mind tasty Italian cuisine, yum! Garlic has many different varieties and can be cultivated...

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How to Revive a Lawn that is Brown and Patchy

If an extreme dry season has taken its toll on your lawn and your lawn is like a fake tan gone wrong - brown and patchy - we can step you through what to do to get a lackluster lawn back to a healthy carpet of lush green. When your lawn is patchy after a dry Winter...

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February Garden Guide 2020

“The greatest gift of the garden is the restoration of the five senses”. ~  Hanna Rion  ~   Feature Plant: Coleus! With unsusual colours and velvety texture, Coleus are an old favourite in cottage gardens! Coleus are a short lived perennial plant that are...

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How to Improve Clay Soil

Clay soil is sticky, heavy and more challenging than your regular loamy soil.  Clay soils drain slowly so can stay saturated for long periods after rain.  When clay dries, it is usually forms a cracked, hard surface. There are benefits to a clay soil however, which...

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January Garden Guide 2020

“No occupation is so delightful to me as the culture of the earth, and no culture comparable to that of the garden. ” . . Thomas Jefferson . . Feature Plant: Capsicum! Red, Green, Yellow - Crisp & Crunchy deliciousness for your salads! With a history in America...

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Giant Zucchinis in Qld

Giant Zucchinis! Amongst the drought we’ve all been experiencing,  Kevin & Lyn Barnwell have had great success growing GIANT backyard Zucchinis at their home in Bli Bli, Qld!   Not only has their crop been larger than normal but the flavours of their...

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Commercial Growers Newsletter January-March 2020

In our last discussion we looked at the law of the minimum and how your plants potential is limited by the nutrient in the least supply. I want to take this idea a little further this issue and see just what it is your soil might be lacking.   Depending on which...

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December Garden Guide 2019

“I love things that are indescribable, like the taste of an avocado or the smell of a gardenia” ~ Barbra Streisand ~ Feature Plant: Watermelon! What comes to mind when you hear the word Watermelon? Sweet, Juicy, Delicious on hot summer days!  With a history spanning...

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