Real World Gardener Making Your Small Garden Look Bigger in Design Elements

February 22nd, 2013

REAL WORLD GARDENER Wed. 5pm 2RRR 88.5fm Sydney,
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Design Elements

 

with landscape designer Louise McDaid

Over the coming weeks, landscape
Designer, Louise McDaid will be giving you expert solutions to some of the most
common problems that home-owners are faced with. Are you thinking my garden
doesn’t need anything done to it ? Or I just maintain my garden and it doesn’t
really need anything else. So I’ll ask you what if you heard something that
might make your garden that more special? What if you heard something that
might make you use your garden more than just toiling away to keep it neat and
tidy?

Louise has some really great design
tips that might hold the key to changing how you see your garden and inspire to
create your special garden of eden.

. Let’s start with today’s garden
design problem…

Perhaps next time you buy some
plants, choose them to see how colours that recede and don’t recede work.

Plant out a bed of annuals in a pale
colour then add some strong coloured taller plants in the background. Stand
back and see what happens.
Doesn’t that sound exciting? Why not
try it out? There’s a lot of information in that design element so you may need to listen to it again a few times!!

Real World Gardener Bush Stone Curlew is Wildlife in Focus

February 22nd, 2013


REAL WORLD GARDENER Wed. 5pm 2RRR 88.5fm Sydney,
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Wildlife in Focus

with ecologist Sue Stevens.

Don’t flog out logs, the
conversation slogan to save the habitat of the Bush Stone curlew.
Bush
Stone-curlews are birds whose colouring makes them hard to see in bushland,
especially in the dusky shadows and evenings, when they are most active. Then
there’s that call…really eerie… Let’s find out more..

Bush Stone-curlews are birds
standing 50–60 centimetres high, with long gangly legs, large yellow eyes, and
grey-streaked upper parts. The Bush Stone curlew’s range has declined
drastically in southeastern Australia. It’s now extinct in many former spots
south of the Great Dividing Range. While its Victorian and New South Wales
stronghold is along the border region.

It’s only sparsely distributed and
continues to decline.
http://www.environment.gov.au/biodiversity/threatened/publications/pubs/tsd05bush-stone-curlew.pdf

If you spot one in your district
send us a photo, we’d love to see it. Either via email or post, but more
importantly, leave those fallen branches or logs lying around so this bird can
nest near.

We’d love to see photos of any small
birds you have visiting your garden just send it in to.
realworldgardener@gmail.com or write in to 2RRR P.O. Box 644
Gladesville NSW 1675

Real World Gardener Balcony Gardens

February 14th, 2013

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The Good Earth

with Penny Pyett, Permaculture sydney Institute Director

For balcony gardeners, sun and shade are major constraints that you just can’t change. Then there’s watering the plants, and what if it leaks to the neighbour down below?  Not to mention leaking all over the balcony.Potting mix is heavy too. How much can your balcony hold?Let’s find out how to go about a balcony garden… 

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Real World Gardener Easy Garden Design Makeovers

February 14th, 2013

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You’ll find out several great tips with Landscape Designer, Louise McDaid

Have you decided to update your garden yet? What about drawing a rough plan over breakfast or lunch while you’re listening to the radio?

Or, plan a visit to your garden centre and cast your eye over what you can add to your garden? Garden centre visits are relaxing? Just looking at the plants soothes the soul I think.

There are some really easy make-overs if you haven’t decided quite what to do. Let’s hear them….

From painting the fence in that receding colour to making a potted garden, some good places to start. Not too expensive either.just takes a bit of your time but will give your garden an instant mini-make-over.
We’d love to see photos of any change you’ve done the garden, or perhaps just write in the details and send it in to. realworldgardener@gmail.com OR write in to 2RRR P.O. Box 644 Gladesville NSW 1675

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Real World Gardener Updating Your Garden with Shapes of Plants in Garden Design

February 7th, 2013

REAL WORLD GARDENER Wed. 5pm 2RRR 88.5fm Sydney,
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Network.
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Design Elements

with Landscape Designer Louise McDaid

There are so many things to
consider with garden design that you may not have thought even possible.
Have you updated the flower colour
in your garden yet? Or are you
considering putting in some grasses, or strappy leaved plants with coloured
foliage?

Are you thinking about moving some
plants for a fresh new look?

Here’s something you mightn’t know
or realise, and that is: a single species can have different leaf shapes over
the life of the plant. In fact, some can have different leaf shapes on the
plant at the same time. For example, gum trees have different adult and
juvenile foliage. That’s complicated enough, but what about the shape of the
plant itself?

Good garden design takes the
shapes of plants into account.

Did you know that you can update
your plants using just the shape of the plant?

What does that mean? Let’s find
out….

As Louise said, if one of your
garden beds could look a bit better, think about introducing a different shaped
plant, one with perhaps a vertical shape, like the ornamental pear, or a
lollipop on a stick.
Perhaps a fountain shaped plant will
fit the bill, like a weeping grass with stripey foliage- such as variegated
Miscanthus.
Lots to ponder when thinking about
updating your garden.

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Real World Gardener Birdscaping Your Garden is Wildlife in Focus

February 7th, 2013

REAL WORLD GARDENER Wed. 5pm 2RRR 88.5fm Sydney,
streaming live at www.2rrr.org.au and Across Australia on the Community Radio
Network.
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The complete CRN
edition of RWG is available on
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Wildlife in Focus

 

with ecologist Sue Stevens.

How many small birds are in your
district? Are there less than there used to be? Today ecologist Sue Stevens
talks about creating a part of your garden that is suitable for small birds.
The types of shrubs isn’t the only factor, it’s also the way you plant them and
you’ll find out how in this segment.

The Habitat network website is www.habitatnetwork.org

Is a great resource for finding out
more about birdscaping your garden. If you don’t have access to a computer just
drop us a line and we’ll arrange to send you out a factsheet from the network.

We’d love to see photos of any small
birds you have visiting your garden just send it in to.
realworldgardener@gmail.com or write in to 2RRR P.O. Box 644
Gladesville NSW 1675

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