Gardening Interview – Sharon’s Hoyas 

Sharon Debattista is a popular gardening figure in Malta, with a large following on social media. She mainly specialises in the cultivation of the Hoya genus and has over the years helped numerous people in Malta grow their gardens. On her social media channels, she also shares the cultivation techniques, strategies and tools that sheContinue reading “Gardening Interview – Sharon’s Hoyas “

Olive Trees – How to Grow Olive Trees

Last updated on 4th January 2023 Olive trees are admired across the world for their beauty and are found especially in sunny regions such as the Mediterranean and North Africa. Olive trees are also known for their aesthetics and functional uses. In Malta, the olive trees (siġar taż-żebbuġ) are very popular across the country, especiallyContinue reading “Olive Trees – How to Grow Olive Trees”

Bay Laurel – How to Grow Bay Laurel Trees

The bay laurel (laurus nobilis) is a plant grown commonly in the Mediterranean and used in many cooking recipes, especially stews. In Malta, it is usually called siġra tar-rand or simply rand. Internationally, it is known by different names, including Bay Laurel, Sweet Bay and Grecian Laurel. It has a particular smell and gives aContinue reading “Bay Laurel – How to Grow Bay Laurel Trees”

Lemon Trees – How to Grow a Lemon Tree

Lemon trees are one of the most beautiful and widely popular trees in the world, especially in sunny regions such as the Mediterranean and North Africa. The aesthetic and functional, cooking value of lemon trees are only some of the reasons for its high demand. In Malta, for example, the lemon tree (siġra tal-lumi) is veryContinue reading “Lemon Trees – How to Grow a Lemon Tree”

How do you care for a Wax Plant Hoya?

The Wax Plant Hoya can produce one of the most magnificent flowers in the world, at least in my opinion. Its colour, shape and perfection make it an incredible wonder of nature. In Malta, it is sometimes called “Pjanta tax-Xemgħa”, which is also translated to Wax Plant. The plant gets its name from the shapeContinue reading “How do you care for a Wax Plant Hoya?”

Arrowhead Plants

The arrowhead plant is normally grown as a houseplant, and its arrow-shaped leaves can add a lovely touch to your home. This plant has many different names, including arrowhead vine, arrowhead philodendron, goosefoot, nephthytis, African evergreen, and American evergreen. In Malta, it is sometimes called “saqajn il-papru”, which roughly translates to “duck’s feet”. Lighting I keep my arrowhead plant outside, in aContinue reading “Arrowhead Plants”

Cyclamens in your Garden

I have been growing Cyclamens for a few months now, and I can say that these plants are a pleasure to have for any gardener. They are relatively easy to care for and can give splendid looking flowers. Nonetheless, some consistent caring practices need to be done for the plant to keep flowering in yourContinue reading “Cyclamens in your Garden”

Begonias: Growing and Caring for a Begonia plant

Begonias are a great addition to one’s garden. There are different varieties of begonias, and most of them are very easy to grow, making them ideal for people who have little time to care for their plants and gardens. Types of Begonias The most common type of begonias are as follows: Wax begonias Tuberous begoniasContinue reading “Begonias: Growing and Caring for a Begonia plant”

Growing Lettuce in Containers

Lettuce is a favourite for many vegetable gardeners and forms the basis of many salads and vegetable dishes around the world. Growing lettuce is relatively easy, and here I am going to talk about some tips to help you get started. Cool time weather (but not too cold) is helpful for the growth of lettuce.Continue reading “Growing Lettuce in Containers”

New to the Garden: Marigold, Tomatoes, Chilli Peppers and more

Hello everyone! Today I have planted some new additions to my garden, mainly marigold, tomatoes, chilli peppers, more basil (never enough), mint and a spider plant. In the case of the marigold, I got some dry seeds from actual flowers. I planted them in small containers using some good, light soil which I have usedContinue reading “New to the Garden: Marigold, Tomatoes, Chilli Peppers and more”