Adele Wisnewski, senior community work supervisor.

Community garden

Practical gardening skills give offenders a chance at a better future.

Gifts of the land

Margaret Smith tells Virginia Winder about adhering to nature to get the most out of her Tikorangi lifestyle block.

Pest grass warning

A pest grass is popping up around Taranaki and should be destroyed. Both common pampas and purple pampas are classed as eradication pest plants by the Taranaki Regional Council.

Towering trees fit for a king


Saxegothaea trees are found living in the deep forests of Chile and Argentina. These splendid conifers are podocarps, related to our rimu and totara trees.

Share your seeds

An autumn seed swap takes place at Kama and Pete's house, 26 Glenpark Ave, New Plymouth tomorrow, from 1pm to 3pmish.

The outdoor classroom

Hot compost: a step-by- step guide with Abbie and Mark Jury

The outdoor classroom

A laissez-faire approach to summer care for apple trees: a step-by-step guide with Abbie and Mark Jury.

The outdoor classroom

The outdoor classroom

Down in the patch

The dry weather continues and the challenge of keeping lawns and gardens fresh and green gets harder every day.

Down in the patch

Growing is still thirsty work for plants in autumn. Even though there's been some rain, it's still dry.

Down in the patch

Down in the patch

Down in the patch

Rain has arrived yet the soil remains warm and if you can get new plants in, they should do well in terms of getting a good start on growth.

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