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Protect your crops from slugs

This year’s winter conditions – a combination of moist and mild weather – has been perfect for slug multiplication, and emerging crops over the next few months are in danger of these molluscs.

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How to turn your horticultural produce into a business

If the fruit and vegetables you are reaping from your lifestyle block is more than your family can eat and give away to friends, then turning excess produce into a side business could be a viable option.

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Blackgrass a threat

The spilling of more than 2000 blackgrass seeds over a 40km stretch of road in the Canterbury region could take up to three years to resolve.

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Environmental scholarship looks into helping plants in native bush

Marine Aubert, a University of Canterbury (UC) postgraduate student has won a major environmental scholarship to look into ways to help plants in native bush.

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A Guide to Fire-Retardant Plants - Part Two: Top Five Exotics

Find out what the best exotic fire-retardant plants are to grow.

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A Guide to Fire-Retardant Plants - Part One: Top Five Natives

Fire-retardant plants are plants that don’t burn easily. The Rural explores the best five native flame retardant plants.

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A Guide to Fodder Trees and Plants - Part Two: Exotics

A look at the best exotic trees and plants to use as fodder for livestock in New Zealand.

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A Guide to Fodder Trees and Plants - Part One: Natives

In times of drought, farmers usually either de-stock or buy in feed when their grass stops growing. These might work as short-term solutions but what if the drought persists?

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Horticulture Jobs: cultivating a new career

Horticulture is an international industry success story for New Zealand exporters, however there are many misunderstandings of the career opportunities available. Learn from industry experts why a horticulture job could be just right for you.

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Kale and the Cosmos: 2013 NZ Biodynamic Conference

Ask most people what they know about biodynamics and they’ll either look at you blankly or mutter something about cow horns and “bloody hippies”...

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