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Strawberries are easy to grow in a sunny spot on the deck or patio. They also take up hardly any room – you can grow them in a container or a hanging basket. Strawberries have pretty white flowers and the red fruit is very decorative (if you can stop yourself from eating them). You can harvest strawberries within six months of planting new plants.
When to plant: Strawberries can be planted at any time of year, but do best when planted between late autumn and winter.
Strawberry pest watch: Snails and slugs loving chewing into strawberries. I recommend keeping them well mulched with pea and woodchip straw which helps keep the berries up off the soil. Lightly sprinkle Yates Blitzem Slug & Snail Pellets around the strawberry patch to help attract and kill damaging snails and slugs.
Basil has such a rich fragrance and intense flavour and can be used in so many different ways that it’s no wonder it’s one of Australia’s most popular herbs. Why not grow your own bunches of lush green basil?
Sweet Basil is quick and easy to grow and within six weeks you’ll have delicious bowls full of leaves. Here are the easy how-to steps for growing your very own basil in a pot or planter box: