Gardening

Papamoa Hills Park re-opening soon

Recent rain is delaying the re-opening of the Poplar Lane access to the Papamoa Hills Park, which has been closed for logging since last October. The logging is completed and now the re-opening of the Poplar Lane access is depending on conditions –... Read More

Growing a weekend project

With hundreds of Cadbury chocolate fish, delicious chutneys and chillies, and a free barbecue, Growers Direct has the recipe for a fun Labour Weekend event. The Te Puna centre's free event is returning with the company's popular chutneys... Read More

Save the bees with wildflowers

Bay of Plenty residents are being urged to plant bulbs, wildflowers, herbs, vegetables and trees in their gardens this autumn as part of the mission to preserve the bumblebee. The New Zealand Bumblebee Conservation Trust was created in 2016 to educate... Read More

Plant a tree this Arbor Day

Bay of Plenty residents – along with fellow Kiwis around the nation – are being challenged to plant a native tree on Arbor Day on June 5, 2017, to set a record for the most trees ever planted on one day in New Zealand. The challenge comes... Read More

Woman's brush with Legionnaire's Disease

Phillis Lois has an idea. A simple, cheap and easy one. And it might just save other greenfingers going through the scary ordeal that took this Waihi Beach woman to the brink. And slowly and painfully back. “The doctor in hospital asked me if I... Read More

Touring Jizzy’s ‘jungle’

In 2005 Jizzy Green, her husband Mike, with two children, bought their Park Rd property in Katikati with a house and a grass lawn. Fast-forward 12 years and Jizzy's family property is intensively landscaped and bursting with fruit trees and... Read More

Be smart about water use

Tauranga City Council wants to remind people about using water efficiently and effectively. TCC and fellow Bay of Plenty councils have joined forces with Irrigation New Zealand to run a summer ‘SMART Watering' campaign. The campaign offers... Read More

Peter spends his days with dahlias

Te Puke man Peter Burrell's passion for dahlias has grown from his wife Valerie. But not in the way you'd think. “Val was the North Island secretary for the National Dahlia Society of New Zealand. And it meant I had to her cart all... Read More

Be blown away by bromeliads

Bromeliads are exotic and stunning. They remind us of the tropics and sun drenched climates. They love the Bay of Plenty, they thrive in the heat and humidity – which is so challenging for many other plants – and they are at their seasonal... Read More

George’s kowhai under attack

Bethlehem man George Phillips planted his miniature kowhai tree about six or seven years ago. It's been doing well, flowering annually and has now grown to about one metre high. But this week he's been horrified to find it's under attack... Read More