NZ House & Garden - - GARDENS - Rex Wil­liams

Hours spent per week in the gar­den: I’m a week­end gar­dener and Deirdre does the weed­ing and dead-head­ing dur­ing the week.

Most used tool: Spade – any­thing with a long han­dle since I’m 1.87m tall. I’m on to num­ber four! It’s hard to find a spade with de­cent steel.

Clivias grow well here be­cause: They like shade and aren’t heav­ily de­pen­dent on mois­ture.

My best tip for other gar­den­ers: Peo­ple spend $50 on a plant, put it in the ground and think that’s it. For healthy growth: dig a deep hole, add com­post and sheep pel­lets, pop in your plant, then cover the earth with bark mulch. I try to time plant­ing just be­fore it rains, so I don’t need to wa­ter them in.

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