Real World Gardener Designing Gardens with Clay Soil

April 28th, 2013

REAL WORLD GARDENER Wed. 5pm 2RRR 88.5fm Sydney,
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The new theme is sung by Harry Hughes from his
album Songs of the Garden. You can hear samples of the album from the website
www.songsofthegarden.com

Design Elements

with landscape designer Louise McDaid

This month, Design elements is
still fixing your garden design problems that are based on soil conditions in
your garden.

If you’ve ever parked around a
tree and not thought much about it, think again, because you’re reducing the
amount of oxygen in the soil through soil compaction.

Plants actually do need oxygenated
soil to live and grow.

What do you do if you have heavy
clay soil?
Let’s find out how to garden with
this particular soil profile in garden?

Clay soil might be hard to dig, but
also dries into an impenetrable rock like substance eventually.

As we mentioned, there are a number
of ways to improve the soil, or you can go with the flow and grow plants that
appreciate that type of environment.

Of course if you want to grow
carrots and parsnips, or a plant that
your really hanker for, buy or make one of those raised veggie gardens that
stand about a metre or more above the soil.

Adding sand to clay soils doesn’t
improve clay soils, it just makes sandy clay, and that’s just a bad
combination.

As I said last week, there’s quite a
few things you can do to improve clay soil profiles, but remember if you try
and do it all at once it’ll overwhelm you and you’ll feel like giving up. Be
like the tortoise, easy does it, and a bit at a time. Over time, you’ll manage
the conditions and have a fabulous garden, guaranteed.

Real World Gardener Whistling Kite is Wildlife in Focus

April 28th, 2013

REAL WORLD GARDENER Wed. 5pm 2RRR 88.5fm Sydney,
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Network.
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The complete CRN
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The new theme is sung by Harry Hughes from his
album Songs of the Garden. You can hear samples of the album from the website
www.songsofthegarden.com

Wildlife in Focus

with Sue Stevens.
Imagine you’re looking up into the
sky and you see a largish bird, gliding slowly, high in the sky. It flaps with
slow wing-beats and when holds its wings horizontally, they’re bowed downwards
at the tip. As it flies it sometimes makes a loud whistling call but it doesn’t
twist its tail when manoeuvring.
Let’s find out what it is….
The Whistling Kite (Haliastur sphenurus) is a gingery brown colour and generally untidy or scruffy looking. Head and underparts are light brown with pale streaks. Dark wings with pale wing linings. Characteristic long, rounded tail in flight is plain sandy coloured with paler tips - other kites have straight or forked tails.Looking at the Whistling Kite from below, the outer wing feathers are dark coloured and widely fingered. Outer wing rear feathers are pale in colour, inner wing rear feathers are darker brown. The Whistling Kite grows 50 to 60 centimetres long, wingspan 1.2 to 1.5 metres.

We’d love to about your sitings of the Whistling Kite, just send them or any photos in to. realworldgardener@gmail.com or write in to 2RRR P.O. Box 644 Gladesville
NSW 1675, or post them on Real World
Gardeners facebook page, and I’ll post a CD in return.

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Real World Gardener is Garden Design in Sandy Soil

April 18th, 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.
www.realworldgardener.com

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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 new theme is sung by Harry
Hughes from his album Songs of the Garden. You can hear samples of the album
from the website www.songsofthegarden.com

Design Elements

with Landscape Designer Louise McDaid

This month, Design elements is
still fixing your garden design problems that are based on soil conditions in
your garden.

You might have light coloured
sandy soil, or red or black coloured heavy clay type soil, or maybe your soil
is limey and quite alkaline.

You could have a mix of a few
types of soil profiles depending on your site.
Each one of these soil profiles
has advantages and disadvantages.

Today we’re discussing sandy soil.Let’s find out how to garden with
this particular soil profile in garden?

Sandy soil might be easy to dig but
also dries out very quickly and is usually a lot poorer in nutrients that
heavier types of soils.
Adding sand to clay soils doesn’t
improve clay soils, it just makes sandy clay, and that’s just a bad
combination.
There’s quite a few things you can
do to improve sandy soil profiles, but remember if you try and do it all at
once it’ll overwhelm you and you’ll feel like giving up. Be like the tortoise,
easy does it, and a bit at a time. Over time, you’ll manage the conditions and
have a fabulous garden, guaranteed/
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Real World Gardener Bush Regeneration and Living Planet

April 18th, 2013

REAL WORLD GARDENER Wed. 5pm 2RRR 88.5fm Sydney,
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The complete CRN
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The new theme is sung by Harry
Hughes from his album Songs of the Garden. You can hear samples of the album
from the website www.songsofthegarden.com

Living Planet

with ecologist Katie Oxenham

You look after your garden right but
what about the natural bushland in your area? Who looks after that? Are there
plenty of weeds in the bush around your area or is there a distinct lack of bush or native vegetation.

Is your area a gateway to your heaven? A comment on our facebook page lists Eden as the gateway to their heaven. Eden to Bombala up Mt Darrugh Rd through beautiful Cool Temperate Rainforest-spectacular. But nothing...I mean nothing... can compare to the absolutely vast and awesome beauty of the alpine snowy mountain ranges between Bombala and Cooma. At last peace and solitutude.
Does that sound like your surrounding countryside?
If your place needs some TLC, you can change all that by being involved in Bush Regeneration or landcare? Let’s find out more….

We’d love to your bush regeneration
stories, just send them in to.
realworldgardener@gmail.com or write in to 2RRR P.O. Box 644 Gladesville
NSW 1675, or post them on Real World
Gardeners facebook page, and I’ll post a CD in return.

Real World Gardener Garden Designs for Summer Sun and Winter Shade

April 12th, 2013

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This month, Design elements is still fixing your garden design problems that are based on how much or how little light or sun your garden’s getting.Not all gardens have constant shade and sun, and sometimes when it’s only sunny or shady for some of the year, finding a plant that suits that location is a bit too tricky. It’s an all too common problem for the modern gardener.But all is not lost. Let’s find out what can help if you have an awkward spot in your garden?

Sunny in summer, shady in winter? There were lots of suggestions for which plants to choose no matter what your style of garden.
From annuals that require replanting every year, perhaps try last week’s plant of the week, Sunsatia Nemesia that come in all those mouth-watering colours. Perhaps choose some shrubs that can cope with the two extremes, or a deciduous tree.

Real World Gardener Variegated Fairy Wren is Wildlife in Focus

April 12th, 2013

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

with ecologist,Sue Stevens

Small birds are on the decline in
some parts of Australia, but there are ways to help them survive. Apart from
their cuteness, they make up the diverse range of fauna that Australia has to
offer but are generally defenceless to a range of predators.

If you saw a flash of blue and heard
a squeaky reeling song, would you know which small bird it was? Let’s find
out….

As Sue mentioned, Fairy wrens live
and forage in family groups in understorey bushes. They even move around in
understorey bushes.
To help these small birds, think
about increasing the amount of understorey planting you have in your garden, or
perhaps volunteer for some bushcare project that involves planting habitat for
small birds.
We’d love to see photos of any
sightings you have of the Variegated Fairy Wren 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, or post them on Real World
Gardeners facebook page, and I’ll post a CD in return.

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Real World Gardener Designs for Awkward Areas in the Garden

April 4th, 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
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The new opening music is by singer
songwriter Harry Hughes from his CD songs of the Garden. You can find out more
about Harry and his gardening songs by going to
www.songsofthegarden.com

What sort of gardener are you?

I read this definition in a
fictional book called Agatha Raisin and the Potted Gardener by a MC Beaton.

She writes that a real gardener is
one that has a green house, and strikes their own plant or grows them from
seed?
An instant gardener is one that buys
plants that are near their mature size.

So I did a bit of research and of
course found the beginner gardener, but how long do you stay a beginner
gardener?

I’m sure no listener can be called
the Clueless gardener, although we might have thought that about some-one.
Probably that contractor that whipper snipped the plants in the front garden
when doing the edges. He would fit into that title.

Are you a zone challenger? A
gardener that’s growing plants, sometimes from mail order, but plants that
really should be grown in a green house that you don’t own. Like a Vanilla bean
orchid, that struggles even in temperate districts, outdoors.

What about the Collector Gardener?
Are you one of those? You have one of almost everything and are searching for
more of maybe one or two specific genus, like Bromeliads, or Begonias or even
Orchids.

Anyway write in with more ideas for
types of gardeners, I’d love to hear your thoughts? email realworldgardener@gmail.com

Design Elements

with Landscape Designer Louise McDaid
This month, Design elements
is fixing your garden design problems
that are based on how much or how little light or sun your garden’s getting.

Is your spot in the garden just a
narrow strip down the side of the house or garden shed where nothing much seems
to grow? Never fear, all is not lost because here’s a solution for that awkward
spot in your garden?

Not all solutions have to be
entirely about plants, but you’re a gardener so something with plants is always
going to be the way to go.
You can hear that segment again on
www.realworldgardener.com

Real World Gardener Spices it Up with French

April 4th, 2013

REAL WORLD GARDENER Wed. 5pm 2RRR 88.5fm Sydney,
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The complete CRN
edition of RWG is available on
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The new opening music is by singer
songwriter Harry Hughes from his CD songs of the Garden. You can find out more
about Harry and his gardening songs by going to
www.songsofthegarden.com

Spice it Up

 

with Ian Hempill from www.herbies.com.au

Some herbs aren’t used as much as
they should because we just don’t know what to do with them. You might even
grow them thinking that you’ll give that a go, but end up just looking after
the herb and nothing else.

Or you might have grown one variety of
a particular herb and not been impressed with its flavour.

I convinced my Mother-in-law to buy some Tarragon but she's never used it so now's the time to find out what to do with the herb Tarragon.

As Ian said, Tarragon with the
yellow flowers is Russian Tarragon and doesn’t have the subtle anise flower of
the French Tarragon.

French Tarragon grows best in the
warmer months of the year, so if you have it now, dry some of the leaves to use
in your winter cooking.

If you’ve never grown French
Tarragon be sure to get the right one next time to try this herb.

We’d love to hear how you grow and
use Tarragon in your cooking, just send recipes or ideas 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.