Real World Gardener Updating Your Garden with Existing Plants

January 31st, 2013

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Design Elements:

with landscape designer Louise McDaid

We’ve been updating our garden
over the last couple of weeks. Starting with flowers and flower colour, then
changing or putting in some new foliage colour. Perhaps some grasses or
cordylines with pink or red, like Cordyline “Electric Pink” with a muted pink
shade really.
That was last week. Today, we’re
talking about what do you do if you just want to update your existing plants?
Sounds like you don’t have to spend a penny, just put in some hard yards in the
garden to give it a fresh look.
How about moving some plants when
the weather’s cooler?

I always find moving plants is very
satisfying, especially if you move them into the right location where they just
suddenly look better. That’s a great way of updating your garden with existing
plants.

Of course moving plants is best done
in the cooler weather even if you do spray them with Stressguard. It’s just too
hot right now.

But think about if your gardens need
some of that type of adjustment like that, and make a note of where you would
like the plants to go.

There should be plenty of ideas to
get you started if you’re a beginner gardener, and some tips for those of you
who’ve been doing it for a while.

The Helichrysum petiolare that Louise
mentioned is commonly known as Licorice plant. Helichrysum comes in two colourways,
the traditional grey green foliage of the species and the lime green foliage of
Helichrysum petiolare “Limelight.” Easily clipped into a bun shape or grown as
a low hedge.
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Real World Gardener Dill is the Spice and Herb

January 31st, 2013

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Spice it Up

with Ian Hemphill from Herbies Spices

The earliest known record of dill as a medicinal herb was found in Egypt 5,000 years ago.
Gladiators were fed meals covered with dill because it was hoped that the herb would give them valour and courage.
There are traditional uses for dill the herb, what about the seed?
Did you know that Dill seeds were called “meetinghouse seeds” because they were chewed during long church services to keep members awake or kids quiet. The seeds were also chewed in order to freshen the breath and quiet noisy stomachs.

Dill likes to be planted in cool weather. In warm winter areas that don't experience a hard frost, you can plant dill in autumn or winter.
In cooler areas, plant dill a week or two before your last hard frost.
After the first sowing, plant again every 10 days or so if you need lots of dill for a continuous crop.
For balcony gardeners or gardeners with potted herb garden, when growing in pots, use a deep one  so the long tap root has somewhere to go.
Remember that you will eventually have a plant that is about a metre tall so you might want to stake your plant.
The seeds are used in pickling and can also improve the taste of roasts, stews and vegetables. Try grinding the seeds to use as a salt substitute. Both the flowering heads and seeds are used in flavoured vinegars and oils.
If you have a herb garden, send in a photo or drop us a line to. realworldgardener@gmail.com or write in to 2RRR po Box 644 Gladesville NSW 1675

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Real World Gardener Updating Your Garden with Foliage in Design Elements

January 27th, 2013

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Design Elements:

 

with Landscape Designer Louise McDaid

Updating your garden with foliage:

Do flowers play the starring role
in your garden, while the greenery gets relegated to backstage?
The greenery, or foliage if you
like, are the mainstay of gardens and garden design because they’re there all
year when the flowers fade.
Think of the delicate fronds of
ferns or the fountain like effects of many types of ornamental grasses. The
leaves of these plants don’t just serve as a lovely background for flowers,
because they have their own attraction. There are some really beautiful
foliaged plants that could be used as a dominant feature alongside your
flowers. Remember, foliage will carry your garden through all seasons, long
after the flowers have faded away.
If doesn’t hurt the pocket to
update your garden in this series, because we’re not doing the crazy make-over.

There should be plenty of ideas to
get you thinking about updating the foliage in your garden.

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Real World Gardener and White Winged Chough is Wildlife in Focus

January 27th, 2013

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Wildlife in Focus

 

with ecologist Sue Stevens

In Spanish, Chova De Alas Blancas, in Italian Gracchio
Australiano Alibianche, in German Drosselkrähe.

What am I talking about? The White Winged Chough....

As Sue mentioned, white-winged
choughs usually have four adults that are deployed to feed one young, because
the beetle grubs they eat are so difficult to find. But they will also kidnap
young from another family, enticing them away by spreading their wings like a
toreador's cloak. The youngster is fed for the first season, then recruited
into the feeding team in the next year. The result is a bigger
"family", that can raise more young.

If you’ve seen this bird, perhaps in
Callum Brae woodland around Canberra, or just around your neck of the woods,
send in a photo, or mention where you’ve seen it, all info to
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Gladesville NSW 1675

Real World Gardener Updating Your Garden with Flowers

January 18th, 2013

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Design Elements

wuth Louise McDaid

Would you like a garden make-over
but think, Nah, it’s too costly? There are other ways of making over your
garden without all that expense that you see on those televised garden
renovation shows every week.

Over the next few weeks, Design
Elements will explain different ways of updating your garden without all that
expense, sweat and hard labour.
We’ll cover updating your garden
in many different ways, including using existing plants, colour and shape of
plants, and easy make-overs.
Today, we’re starting with
updating your garden using flower colour.

There should be plenty of ideas to
get you started if you’re a beginner gardener, and some tips for those of you
who’ve been doing it for a while.

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Real World Gardener and Frangipani Fever

January 18th, 2013

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Feature Interview

 

with Anthony Grassi, Events Coordiantor Frangipani Society of Australia.

Turn your garden into a tropical
paradise with a selection of Frangipanis? Why not? There are so many colours now to choose from.

We’re all familiar with the lovely creams, lemons and pinks, but new
hybrids offer colour breakthroughs ranging from chartreuse, blue and purple to
warm coral and burgundy as well as stunning combinations with colour veining
through the flowers.

Listent to the interview for tips on care, maintenance and a new method of propagating called 'bag' striking.

The Frangipani Society of Australia
(FSA) is a group of friendly people passionate about Plumeria spp (Frangipani). If you are interested in growing more varieties and
species of Frangipani, or if you need advice on how to care for your
Frangipani, join the FSA !

Membership entitles you to
participate in the online email group, as well as receiving a quarterly
newsletter full of interesting articles about Frangipani. www.frangipani.org.au

Real World Gardener Maintaining the Potted Garden

January 10th, 2013

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In November of 2012, Design
Elements did a series on the Potted garden, and now we’re following that up
with how to maintain your potted garden in tip top condition.Watering your potplants is number one in keeping them looking healthy.But how often? What to fertilise with? Should you use organic fertilisers or stick to granular, controlled release prills? How often do you need to re-pot?

What if the pot's too big? All these questions are answered in the podcast.

There should be plenty of ideas to
get you started if you’re a beginner gardener, and some tips for those of you
who’ve been doing it for a while.

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Real World Gardener Growing Vegetables in the Shade

January 10th, 2013

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The Good Earth

with Penny Pyett
Permaculture Director-sydney Institute.


Have you been able to give your garden enough water in this summer's heat?
Watering your garden isn’t wasteful if you do it in the cool of the evening or early in the morning.
Did you know that if it’s windy, just hand water the urgent cases of wilting. Using sprinklers that throw water high into the air on a windy day loses about 40% of the water.
Another tip is to keep the pressure low on sprinklers allowing the droplets to be bigger and not get evaporated so quickly.
What about your veggie bed? Veggies need daily watering in hot weather because if you don’t, lack of enough water can cause the bottom of tomatoes to turn black (blossom end rot), lettuce to turn bitter, and beans, zucchinis and other flowering crops to stop producing.
Has the summer heat turned the leaves of your vegetables brown and crispy? Has the sun baked the tomatoes on the vine? Have the beans turned up their toes and gone to god? All these things may have happened despite your efforts to supply plenty of water in the early morning or cool of the evening.
The hot midday sun is unforgiving and in a lot of areas in Australia, you might have even decided to give up growing veggies in the hottest months. Here’s an idea from the Permaculture Institute to help your summer garden.

If you thought that growing veggies in the shade was a silly idea, I hope this has changed your thinking to, “I’m going to give it a try.”
If you already grow veggies in the shade, drop us a line , we’d love to hear which veggies you tried in the shade and how they went. Send in a photo or drop us a line to. realworldgardener@gmail.com or write in to 2RRR po Box 644 Gladesville NSW 1675

Real World Gardener Redefines the No Flower Garden

January 3rd, 2013

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What about calling those "gardeners" that don't want a nice garden or continually complain about mess from falling leaves, "anti-gardeners?'

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Design Elements

Redefine the concept of no flower
garden?…Perhaps you have a friend like I do, that actually doesn't like the look of flowers in the garden.

Or do you think flowers are
over-rated in gardens? Perhaps even you think, the flowers are so fleeting that
they’re not worth the trouble?

You probably spend all heaps of
time preparing those flower beds and then, the wind or rain, spoil it all, does
that happen to you?

Maybe you can find some tips in
the no flower garden…

I hope that’s given you some idea if
you’re tired of your flower display being spoiled by inclement weather and want
a change that still adds colour interest to your garden.

It doesn’t mean that you can’t add
some flowers later.

 

Real World Gardener Apostle Bird is Wildlife in Focus

January 3rd, 2013

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What about calling those "gardeners" that don't want a nice garden or continually complain about mess from falling leaves, "anti-gardeners?'

Wildlife in Focus:

with Sue Stevens.

This bird is also known as the Grey
Jumper, is a quick-moving, and is a native to Australia where it roams
woodlands, eating insects and seeds at, or near, ground level. It was first described
by ornithologist John Gould in 1837,
Let’s find out more about this bird…

As Sue mentioned, the Apostlebird
was named after the twelve apostles.

In
fact, Apostle birds travel in family groups of between 6 and 20, often joining up
with other family groups into large feeding flocks of over 40.

It also seems that they have plenty of nicknames not all of which are complimentary.

Sometimes called Lousy Jacks (due to heavy louse infestations), Happy Jacks,
Happy Families and CWA Birds. CWA birds is a bit of a dig of a Country Women's
Association meeting by comparing it to the Apostle bird's constant chatter.

You may just well come across it in
your travels, is so, we would love to see your photo of this bird. Send it in to
realworldgardener@gmail.com or post to 2RRR po Box 644 Gladesville NSW
1675