Real World Gardener Built structures in garden design

July 26th, 2012

REAL WORLD GARDENER Wed. 5pm 2RRR 88.5fm Sydney and Across Australia on the Community Radio Network. www.realworldgardener.com
The complete CRN edition of RWG is available on http://www.cpod.org.au/ , just click on 2RRR to find this week’s edition.
Design Elements:Some people don't like too many plants in their garden thinking that it's too much maintenance.  Here's a suggestion for built structures in the garden for that ordered look.

Real World Gardener Permaculture in the Veggie Garden

July 26th, 2012

REAL WORLD GARDENER Wed. 5pm 2RRR 88.5fm Sydney and Across Australia on the Community Radio Network. www.realworldgardener.com The complete CRN edition of RWG is available on http://www.cpod.org.au/ , just click on 2RRR to find this week’s edition.

The Good Earth with Permaculture Sydney Institute Director, Penny Pyett. The 6 bed rotation system is good if you've got the room or energy, but permaculture principles show us that there are other less back breaking ways. On today's show Penny outlines the backbone of a vegetable garden in permaculture-neither hard or messy. These principles even include IPM or integrated pest management, so that's got to be good.

Real World Gardener, Structure in Garden Design with Hedges

July 20th, 2012

 REAL WORLD GARDENER Wed. 5pm 2RRR 88.5fm Sydney and Across Australia on the Community Radio Network. www.realworldgardener.com
Design Elements: Structure in the garden with hedges. Recently a friend of mine sent me some photos from English gardens she was visiting. The garden looked very cottagey, with blowsy perennials falling over everywhere, and disorder seemed to be the theme. 
My eye couldn't focus on anything in the picture and I felt dissatisfied with the whole effect.
Natural gardens that look good are hard to achieve and  I've got to say my preference is for a structured look with clipped Buxus or clipped Lilly Pilly. You still can have all the garden styles or themes in such a garden.
Listen to garden designer Lesley Simpson discuss Structure with Hedges.

Real World Gardener, Australian Magpies are Wildlife in Focus

July 20th, 2012

 REAL WORLD GARDENER Wed. 5pm 2RRR 88.5fm Sydney and Across Australia on the Community Radio Network. www.realworldgardener.com
The complete CRN edition of RWG is available on http://www.cpod.org.au/ , just click on 2RRR to find this week’s edition.
Today I opened the show with some information about using tea and tea leaves on your garden.
Did you know that tea leaves contain some of the big three nutrients, N-P-K, as well as some trace elements? Tea also contains tannic acid, which is helpful if you're watering your plants with hard water.
A used teabag left in water overnight can be used to water ferns, hydrangeas, azaleas and other acid-loving plants.
Of course, you can also add tea leaves to your compost pile.
Wildlife in Focus: Magpies with John Dengate.
Magpies are very opportunistic and will come around all the time if you start to feed them. Not a good thing to become reliant on you to feed them, so only occasionally feed them with bits of bacon rind, chopped up small, wild bird seed or as I do, save the curl grubs when I’m digging around in the compost or garden.
Everyone would know what a Magpie looks like, but do you know how to tell the difference between a male and female Magpie? And are the Magpies in England and Europe the same as we have here? Let’s find out..


Real World Gardener and Structure in Garden Design

July 12th, 2012

REAL WORLD GARDENER Wed. 5pm 2RRR 88.5fm Sydney and Across Australia on the Community Radio Network. www.realworldgardener.com
The complete CRN edition of RWG is available on http://www.cpod.org.au/ , just click on 2RRR to find this week’s edition.
Design Elements: Design Elements is a garden design segment that not only lets you find out about different ideas for your garden, but also what some design features actually mean and how they can shape the appearance of your garden, turning it from a bit more than ordinary to extraordinary. This series begins a lesson on Structure in the Garden with Lesley Simpson, garden designer. Let’s find out more.

Real World Gardener Worm Farms on Compost Capers

July 12th, 2012

REAL WORLD GARDENER Wed. 5pm 2RRR 88.5fm Sydney and Across Australia on the Community Radio Network. www.realworldgardener.com
The complete CRN edition of RWG is available on http://www.cpod.org.au/ , just click on 2RRR to find this week’s edition.
Compost Capers:with Cameron Little from www.sustainabilitysystems.com.au By now you might’ve guessed that I think that composting plays an important role in the garden. You might remember a few weeks ago I mentioned that some gardeners refer to the liquid you get from worm farms as worm tea or black gold. In fact, recently I’ve used a dilute mixture of worm tea to green up some yellow looking Slipper Orchids. Magic. But sometimes getting a worm farm going can be problematic. Hopefully Cameron can fix all that.

The worms and other micro-organisms break down the food scraps before they have a chance to rot. Did you know that around 90% of greenhouse gas emissions from landfills are a result of decomposing organic material such as food waste?

If you’re having problems with your existing worm farm, drop us a line to realworldgardener@gmail.com and Cameron or the RWG team will be happy to help

Real World Gardener Worm Farms on Compost Capers

July 12th, 2012

 REAL WORLD GARDENER Wed. 5pm 2RRR 88.5fm Sydney and Across Australia on the Community Radio Network. www.realworldgardener.com
The complete CRN edition of RWG is available on http://www.cpod.org.au/ , just click on 2RRR to find this week’s edition.
Compost Capers:with Cameron Little from www.sustainabilitysystems.com.au  By now you might’ve guessed that I think that composting plays an important role in the garden. You might remember a few weeks ago I mentioned that some gardeners refer to the liquid you get from worm farms as worm tea or black gold. In fact, recently I’ve used a dilute mixture of worm tea to green up some yellow looking Slipper Orchids. Magic. But sometimes getting a worm farm going can be problematic. Hopefully Cameron can fix all that.

The worms and other micro-organisms break down the food scraps before they have a chance to rot. Did you know that around 90% of greenhouse gas emissions from landfills are a result of decomposing organic material such as food waste?

If you’re having problems with your existing worm farm, drop us a line to realworldgardener@gmail.com and Cameron or the RWG team will be happy to help

Real World Gardener Garden Design with an Australian Theme

July 6th, 2012

REAL WORLD GARDENER Wed. 5pm 2RRR 88.5fm Sydney and Across Australia on the Community Radio Network. www.realworldgardener.com
The complete CRN edition of RWG is available on http://www.cpod.org.au/ , just click on 2RRR to find this week’s edition.
Design Elements:what makes an Australian garden Australian? Leslie Simpson, garden designer, and I think we've cracked the code. Listen here for this week's Australian themed garden.

Real World Gardener Black Faced Cuckoo Shrike is Wildlife in Focus

July 6th, 2012

REAL WORLD GARDENER Wed. 5pm 2RRR 88.5fm Sydney and Across Australia on the Community Radio Network. www.realworldgardener.com The complete CRN edition of RWG is available on http://www.cpod.org.au/ , just click on 2RRR to find this week’s edition. Wildlife in Focus:Black Faced Cuckoo Shrike. Is it a cuckoo or is it a shrike? Why are we talking about this bird today and do you have the sort of tree to attract this bird to your garden? Listen to ecologist Sue Stevens talk about this bird and hear it's call. Bird call provided by Tony Bayliss from the Australian Wildlife Sound Recording Group. www.awsrg.org.au