Real World Garden Designs for a Sunny Garden

March 27th, 2013

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Design Elements

with Landscape Designer Louise McDaid

This month, Design elements is still fixing your garden design problems, but we’re looking at the different amounts of light that you have in the garden. To some gardeners this can be a problem because if you’ve got too much sun or not enough sun, you mightn’t be able to grow the plants that you like the best.

But all is not lost.

Let’s find out what can help if you have too much sun, particularly western sun, in your garden?

Western sun is very drying and as Louise said, the easiest thing to do is to plant a tree. Not only are you helping solve the problem in your garden, you’re also providing habitat for the birds, reptiles and insects to shelter on those hot, dry days. There’s been a lot of recorded bird and animal deaths over the last summer because of the heat, and this is the best thing that you as a gardener can do to help wildlife that visits your garden.

There were lots of excellent tips with Louise

Real World Gardener Australian Crested Pigeon

March 27th, 2013

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Wildlife in Focus

with ecologist Sue Stevens

Did you know that Australia has
native pigeons? Not all the pigeons you see come from oversees, nor do they
congregate eating areas and create a mess on the pavement. Some pigeons, are
extremely well behaved, and it turns out, are native to Australia.

Let’s find
out about one that’s probably visited your area recently.

The crested pigeon is only one of
two pigeons endemic to Australia with an erect crest. As Sue mentioned, it’s
usually not far from water because it needs to drink each day. You’re likely to
see it quite a bit in the urban environment, on reserves, golf courses, gardens,
and sports grounds as well as pastoral areas. I’m sure I heard the whoo- whoo
of the crested pigeon in my garden only yesterday, and sounding exactly like
the call you heard. It took off with that familiar whistling sound before I got
to see it.

We’d love to see photos of the
crested pigeon or any birds you’ve got visiting your garden, just send them in to.
realworldgardener@gmail.com or write in to 2RRR P.O. Box 644
Gladesville NSW 1675, and I’ll post a CD in return.

Real World Gardener Design Elements for Shady Gardens

March 21st, 2013

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Design Elements

 

with Landscape Designer, Louise McDaid

Shady gardens can sometimes be
problematic, especially if it’s dry shade.
Under trees is another area that
can give a lot of shade, and the roots take up all the soil, nutrients and
water.
If you’re tired of looking at that
bare patch and wondering what to do about it, listen to this…

Dry shade can be improved with
Cliveas, Renga Renga Lilly or Arthropodium cirrhatum, and wet shade can grow a
variety of ferns, even grass trees.

Lots of choices for your shady area,
including painting the fence a bright or white shade to lift the feel under
that tree..

Real World Gardener, All About Frog Ponds

March 21st, 2013

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Living Planet NEW SEGMENT

 

with ecologist, Katie Oxenham

Frogs are under threat throughout
the world and loss of habitat is one of the factors contributing to their
demise. A frog pond is easy to construct, adds interest to your home garden and
will provide a haven for the frog species in your area. You don’t have to worry
about buying any frogs, because they’ll come calling….

Let’s find out more

A pond with flowering water plants
can be a very attractive focal point in a garden. These plants never seem to
have any problems don’t need much attention. Observing the lifecycle of frogs
throughout the seasons provides added interest to your gardening. Frogs also
help to control insect pests.

Locate your pond in a part sunny,
part shady, but not directly under trees. Some trees or shrubs have poisonous
leaves (Oleander, Bleeding Heart and pines for example).

If you place your pond so that it's
visible from the house then you can enjoy the pond anytime of day or night.

Putting the pond in the back garden,
a bit away from your own house and your neighbour's houses, if the croaking of
frogs is too noisy for you.

A low garden lamp that is reflected
in the water will not only add to your garden's appearance in the evenings but
also attract insects for the frogs.

for more information about frogs, www.frogsaustralia.net.au and www.fats.org.au

We’d love to see photos of any frogs or frog
ponds that you have in your garden, just send it in to.
realworldgardener@gmail.com or write in to 2RRR P.O. Box 644 Gladesville NSW
1675, and I’ll post a CD in return.

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Real World Gardener Garden Design from Boring to Wow

March 15th, 2013

 

Design Elements

with Landscape Designer Louise McDaid
REAL WORLD GARDENER Wed. 5pm 2RRR 88.5fm Sydney,
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Is you’re garden a thing of envy
from all who pass by, or are there elements in your garden that are, well,
boring?

Are there too many or too few
plants in the garden?
Is it all just same shade of green?
Sometimes changing your garden can
create something that when you look at your kitchen window, you can say, “Yeah,
that’s relaxing, I’m just going out for a little look.”
Let’s find out what can help up
put in the wow factor into our garden?
Did you know that there’s a town
called Boring in Oregan USA?
What's more, the local garden centre is called Boring
Square Garden Centre?
I hope you haven’t got that
problem.
So even if you’re garden isn’t all
the boring, you can still revamp some part of the garden to make it more fun to
be in.
T
here were lots of excellent tips
with Louise then and y
ou
can hear that segment again to refresh your ideas.

Real World Gardener Spice it Up with Amalgamating Herbs and Spices

March 15th, 2013

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Spice it Up

with Ian Hemphill form www.herbies.com.au

Do you just use Parsley, Sage and
Thyme in your cooking? Maybe a bayleaf in the winter months? What about all the
other herbs? What do you use Coriander for, or Tarragon? Can you use them
together or will you spoil the dinner? 
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Let’s find out how to mix up our herbs and spices without getting into
trouble.

Ian Hemphill's motto is, "there are no herbs you
can’t try in your cooking."

Just remember, most fresh herbs are added in the
last five minutes of cooking, otherwise they lose their flavour, and most dried
herbs are added at the start.
We’d love to see photos of any
unusual herbs you’ve got growing in your garden, just send it in to.
realworldgardener@gmail.com or write in to 2RRR P.O. Box 644
Gladesville NSW 1675, and I’ll post a CD in return.
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Real World Gardener Grey Teal is Wildlife in Focus

March 7th, 2013

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Wildlife in Focus

with Sue Stevens.

Are you in the habit of feeding wild or native ducks white bread? Did you know their diet is plant matter, insects, snails and crustaceans in the water. While white bread does its job of filling up the tummies of the ducks, geese, swans, and other birds seen around lakes, it doesn't do a good job of giving them any nutritional assistance. Birds quickly get full from the bread, so they can't eat anything else that may contain the nutritional value they need to breed and raise their young. But let’s find out about the duck with the unusual quack…

 
The Grey Teal is on the available list of game shooting.Despite thirteen years of drought that reduced water bird numbers dramatically, hunters have increase the numbers of birds killed and taken home from 270,000 in 2010 to over 600,000 in 2011.
Birds are often just wounded and left for dead, with shooting groups admitting that this amounts to one in four birds.
You can find out more information on the adverse affects of game shooting wild ducks at http://www.animalsaustralia.org/factsheets/duck_shooting.php#top

Design Elements

with Landscape Design Louise McDaid.

Real World Gardener Designs for a Big Garden

March 7th, 2013

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Design Elements

with Landscape Design Louise McDaid.
Over the last few weeks, Design
Elements has been dealing with garden design problems that are the most common.
A couple of weeks ago we started with how to make a small garden seem bigger. A good tip was to slightly narrow a path at the far end of the garden, making the garden seem longer.
The following week we dealt with "how to make a long and thin rectangle of a garden seem wider." Using horizontal lines works wonders. Remember if you're trying on a dress or shirt with horizontal stripes, it's going to make you seem wider in the mirror?

Today, the garden or yard is just
too big, in fact it’s a bit overwhelming and you just don’t know where to
start.
Let’s find out how to tackle this
problem..
Garden rooms are a great way to
divide up the space into more manageable bits, and you don’t have to complete
each garden room at once.
Why not try it some of these tips
out if you have that type of garden?
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

Real World Gardener Designs for Long Thin Rectangle Gardens

March 3rd, 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. Last week we started with how
to make a small garden seem bigger. There were many ideas on how to achieve the
illusion of how to make your garden seem bigger. Colour and the way you arrange
receding and non-receding colours in your garden was one way that gave you the
illusion of a bigger garden, so was plant texture. But todays problem has to be
tackled differently.

Let’s find out how we deal with a
garden that’s long and thin..

Horizontal lines were the main
design tip to give your garden the illusion that your garden seems a bit wider
than it is.

Hedging horizontally will give you
that look. Then there was that fabulous tip about concave steps.

Why not try it some of these tips
out if you have that type of garden?

There’s a lot of information in that
design element that you can hear again on 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