Real World Gardener Hedges Part I Design Elements

October 26th, 2012

REAL WORLD GARDENER Wed. 5pm 2RRR 88.5fm Sydney and Across Australia on the Community Radio
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Design Elements:Living Walls and Vertical Gardens.

with Landscape Designer Louise McDaid.

Do you have a hedge in your
garden? Is the right plant choice for the right situation? Hedges are so much
more than growing alongside a fence. You can also have more than one row of
hedges in your garden because they instantly add structure, or add bones to
your garden layout.

The months leading up to and
including spring are an excellent time for planting hedges, but a note for
cooler districts,-allow of course for the passing of frost danger. Apart from
providing a visual barrier around a property; a dense hedge can muffle traffic
noise from a busy street or act as wind break. A spiky hedge will deter
unwanted guests and that pesky neighbourhood dog that likes to dig up people's
yards.

Over the next two weeks, Design Elements will be talking about hedges, there was just so much to say. There’s so many things hedges can
be, and next week, RWG continues the theme in part two of hedges in Design
Elements.

The series on Living walls and
vertical gardens, - great for small spaces, or even big spaces when we want to
include an intimate or cosy part into our garden.

You can’t go wrong if you listen
into Design Elements’ Living Walls and Vertical Garden Series.

 

Real World Gardener Sacred Kingfisher is Wildlife in Focus

October 26th, 2012

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Wildlife in Focus

Sacred Kingfisher wiht ecologist Sue Stevens.


The Sacred Kingfisher is
without doubt the best looking of the Kingfishers because of that aquamarine
plumage.


Sacred Kingfishers are found
throughout most of Australia (except in the arid central deserts) and can be
found in in forests, mangroves and in trees along river courses. Their nest is a
burrow either into a sandy bank or termite mound.


They are, as all kingfishers a
predatory bird, feeding usually on small reptiles and insects (grasshoppers,
beetles) fish and crustaceans. Let’s find out more about them…?

Keep a lookout for the Sacred Kingfisher. They
are a watchful birds,perched high up in trees rather than the usual

Real World Gardener Plants for Living Walls

October 21st, 2012

 

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Design Elements

with Louise McDaid, Landscape Designer

 

Spring and summer are good times
to walk around your neighbourhood looking at flowers on climbing plants, but
also you need to look at where and how the plant’s growing.

If your garden is shady, don’t
pick climbing plants that need full sun, and the reverse is also true.

The series on Living walls and
vertical gardens, - great for small spaces, or even big spaces when we want to
include an intimate or cosy part into our garden.

You can’t go wrong if you listen
into Design Elements’ Living Walls and Vertical Garden Series.

Listen to this week's episode.

Real World Gardener Piper Nigrum is Spice It Up

October 21st, 2012

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Spice it Up

with Ian Hemphill from www.herbiespices.com.au

Would you be surprised to learn that
Pepper is one of the most used spices in the world and has been used in cooking
for over 2000 years?

Pepper was mostly eaten by the wealthy in the
past as it was so expensive and sought after.

Did you know that Pepper gets its
kick from the compound peperine?

Pepper loses its flavour and aroma
through evaporation so it’s best to keep it in an airtight container.

Consider using whole peppercorns and
grinding just before use to maintain flavour or and add near the end of cooking.

You can of course grow some
Australian pepper trees. They have the botanic name starting with Tasmannia.
Don’t confuse this with the exotic large tree called the Peppercorn. That’s
Schinus areira, and is a weed species in all states of Australia.

Let's hear more from Ian..

Real World Gardener Pleaching are Vertical Gardens in Design Elements

October 11th, 2012

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Design Elements:

with Landscape Designer Louise McDaid

Have you ever thought of having a
vertical garden? It’s one way to grow more plants that’s for sure.

Which one is right for you? Over
the next 5 weeks, Design Elements will be covering Five different Living
Walls and Vertical gardens.

If you’ve never thought of this
concept, then you’re in for a surprise. Let’s begin the series.


Did you know that Vertical gardens on an external wall of your home, acts
as an excellent natural insulator, making the temperature inside several
degrees lower. In fact, a room with a vertical garden can be 7 to 10 degrees
cooler than a room without one!

You can’t go wrong if you listen
into Design Elements’ Living Walls and Vertical Garden Series.

Real World Gardener Vertical Gardens are Design Elements

October 11th, 2012

REAL WORLD GARDENER Wed. 5pm 2RRR 88.5fm Sydney and Across Australia on the Community Radio
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Design Elements

with Landscape Designer Louise McDaid
Today’s Design Elements is the
second in the series of vertical gardens and living walls.

If you’re creative or a bit handy,
I’m sure you can come up with lots of different ways to make a vertical garden
with pots or hanging baskets.

Perhaps convert a crate, turn it on
its side and fill in the spaces with compost and plants.

Let's find out more

Real World Gardener Fairy Martins are Wildlife in Focus

October 4th, 2012

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Wildlife in Focus

with ecologist sue Stevens
Swallows and Martins in the Hirundinadae
family, build mud nests close to overhead shelter in locations that are
protected from both the weather and predators.. Mud nesting species aren’t seen
that much in areas of high humidity, which causes the mud nests to crumble.

Many cave, bank and cliff dwelling
species of swallow nest in large colonies. Building mud nests is family affair
with the male and female sharing the tunnel the excavation as well.

Fairy Martins are shier than other
types of swallows and will not nest close to humans.

You might be lucky, like Sue, and
see a Fairy Martin nest attached op the underside of bridges, other
manmade objects such as pipes, buildings, the and in culvert, so keep a lookout.

The Fairy Martin, sometimes known as the bottle swallow, is hard to spot because it flies around so fast catching insects. Even the call can be easily confused with other small birds. So what does it get up to? Let’s find out…