Real World Gardener Pineapple Guava is Plant of the Week

October 31st, 2014

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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

PLANT OF THE WEEK

with Hort Journal Karen smith

If you were told that the fruit of this tree the fruit has the taste and perfume of strawberry, pineapple, lemon, passionfruit and guava, would you buy it?

What if you were also told that he spectacular purple, pink and white flowers with a mass of red stamens have sweet delicious petals that make a superb ingredient in sweets and drinks., would you change your mind and want to grow it?

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The feijoa is a slow-growing evergreen shrub that can reach 5m. high and 5metres wide.

 

The feijoa can tolerate partial shade and slight exposure to salt spray. They also make an excellent foundation planting, either singly or as a formal or informal hedge.

The fruits are about 2 to 8cm long and vary in shape from round to elongated pear shaped.

The waxy skin is dull blue-green to blue or grayish green and the skin texture varies from smooth to rough and pebbly and is 1.5cm thick. The fruit emits a strong long-lasting perfume, even before it is fully ripe.

Scoop out the flesh out put some on a fruit salad or in a smoothie.

The tiny edible seeds are embedded in a jellylike centre and you can make sweet drinks with the flowers.

 

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Real World Gardener Pineapple Guava is Plant of the Week

October 31st, 2014

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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

REALWORLD GARDENER NOW ON FACEBOOK

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

 

PLANT OF THE WEEK

with Hort Journal Karen smith

If you were told that the fruit of this tree the fruit has the taste and perfume of strawberry, pineapple, lemon, passionfruit and guava, would you buy it?

What if you were also told that he spectacular purple, pink and white flowers with a mass of red stamens have sweet delicious petals that make a superb ingredient in sweets and drinks., would you change your mind and want to grow it?

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The feijoa is a slow-growing evergreen shrub that can reach 5m. high and 5metres wide.

 

The feijoa can tolerate partial shade and slight exposure to salt spray. They also make an excellent foundation planting, either singly or as a formal or informal hedge.

The fruits are about 2 to 8cm long and vary in shape from round to elongated pear shaped.

The waxy skin is dull blue-green to blue or grayish green and the skin texture varies from smooth to rough and pebbly and is 1.5cm thick. The fruit emits a strong long-lasting perfume, even before it is fully ripe.

Scoop out the flesh out put some on a fruit salad or in a smoothie.

The tiny edible seeds are embedded in a jellylike centre and you can make sweet drinks with the flowers.

 

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Real World Gardener Brent Reid Show Garden in Design Elements

October 31st, 2014

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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.comDESIGN ELEMENTS

 

with landscape designer Brent Reid

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photo M Cannon

proxy?url=http%3A%2F%2F4.bp.blogspot.comMy next guest has worked in the landscaping industry for 16 years, learning the ropes at Semken Landscaping whilst studying Horticulture at Burnley College and Holmesglen College.

After working with some of Melbourne (and Australia’s) best landscape designers at the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show, Brent’s passion for landscape design was born, which led to designing gardens for TV shows.

This next garden called Connect-was designed with the family in mind.

 

proxy?url=http%3A%2F%2F4.bp.blogspot.comThe garden has been designed to be a family garden. There is a central structure which connects the family where they can eat, relax and come together to enjoy quality time. There are two distinct area wither side of the central structure. The first side is a parent’s retreat with detailed plantings, a touch of lawn and some canopy trees sheltering a beautiful birdbath by Willie Wildlife. The second side to the garden is the kid’s area with secret hiding spots and a dedicated fruit, vegetable and herb garden joined by an open lawn for playing. The garden is partly enclosed by walls and hedging plants.

Real World Gardener Jobs for the Spring Garden on the Good Earth

October 31st, 2014

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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

THE GOOD EARTH

with www.permaculturenorth.org.au

Springs nearly over and you’ve probably pruned, weeded and mulched your garden but are some of your plants still looking overgrown and in need of attention?

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photo M Cannon

There are still some jobs that need doing so

Hydrophobic soil can be treated organically by incorporating coco peat, compost or growing green manures.

Green manures for the warmer months include millet, buckwheat, Lucerne and alfalfa.

You can use any seeds that have past their use by date and throw them into the ground.

Just chop them off as they grow and let them decompose on top of the soil.

For those areas where rain has been below average, don’t fertilise your trees and shrubs, just keep up the watering.

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photo M Cannon

When you’re watering it’s a good idea to add seaweed solution-better still use it in a hose on and it’ll take much less time and effort.

Trees that are drought stressed will be prone to dropping limbs or even dropping dead, so a good watering with seaweed solution will help with the recovery.

When it comes to mulching-trees are need woody mulches that break down with fungi.

 Soft mulches, such as sugar cane, tea tree and pea straw are needed for veggie beds because they feed the soil as they break down.

For a natural soil wetter, try Agar Agar which comes in a powder form. Mix it in with the soil then wet it down.

If you have any questions what needs doing in the spring garden, drop us a line to realworldgardener@gmail.com

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Real World Gardener Draceanas are Plant of the Week

October 26th, 2014

 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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PLANT OF THE WEEK

with Karen Smith, editor of Hort Journal magazine.

This plant is an oldie but a goodie in the houseplant industry. <?xml:namespace prefix = "o" />

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The leaves come in lots if attractive colours and it’s just as indestructible as cast iron plant or Aspidistra.

Did you know that this plant has been grown in Europe-indoors of course, since about 1830?

 

Dracaena is a genus of forty species of subtropical, evergreen, woody plants grown for their narrow form and many varieties of coloured foliage.

The leaves are glossy and long-up to 150cm but only 10-15cm wide.

If you have a frost free climate, these plants can make your garden stand out from the rest by adding height and colour variety.

 

Some people confuse Dracaenas with palms but once you get to know them, you'll see that they're vastly different.

The stems are palm-like but will never get the width of girth of any palm.Happy plants are grown as thick canes that sprout from buds along the cane, making them look like a palm which is why they’re sometimes confused with palms.

 

You can grow them outdoors as a screen or they make good houseplants because they are tall and narrow, with controlled growth, and can withstand a fairly significant amount of abuse from casual indoor gardeners.

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Real World Gardener Create a Rose Garden on Design Elements

October 26th, 2014

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 Lesley Simpson, garden designer.

Create a Rose Garden

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photo M Cannon

What’s your favourite flower? <?xml:namespace prefix = "o" />

A better question is what’s your favourite flower that you can grow in your district?

Roses are probably up there as number one favourite flower but for a lot of places in Australia, they’re tricky to grow.

But, if you’ve developed the knack for growing roses, and you could grow a few more, why not create a special rose garden.

 

There’s plenty of different ideas for creating rose gardens and this was just one of them.

After all what could be more romantic than roses in the garden-over an archway, adorning a pillar, climbing a lattice or just a row of roses.



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Rosa Cornelia photo M Cannon

 

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Rosa Stella Gray



If you love to smell the roses why not grow at least one in a pot if you haven’t got the right amount of sunlight or conditions in your garden?

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Real World Gardener Create a Rose Garden on Design Elements

October 26th, 2014

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
REALWORLD GARDENER NOW ON FACEBOOK
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 Lesley Simpson, garden designer.

Create a Rose Garden

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photo M Cannon

What’s your favourite flower? <?xml:namespace prefix = "o" />

A better question is what’s your favourite flower that you can grow in your district?

Roses are probably up there as number one favourite flower but for a lot of places in Australia, they’re tricky to grow.

But, if you’ve developed the knack for growing roses, and you could grow a few more, why not create a special rose garden.

 

There’s plenty of different ideas for creating rose gardens and this was just one of them.

After all what could be more romantic than roses in the garden-over an archway, adorning a pillar, climbing a lattice or just a row of roses.



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Rosa Cornelia photo M Cannon

 

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Rosa Stella Gray



If you love to smell the roses why not grow at least one in a pot if you haven’t got the right amount of sunlight or conditions in your garden?

Real World Gardener Citrus Leaf Miner on Plant Doctor

October 26th, 2014

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

 

PLANT DOCTOR

with Steve Falcioni, general manager www.ecoorganicgarden.com.au

Citrus Leaf Miner

There are some gardening questions that can’t be asked enough times.

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So, on any gardening program or garden meeting, the same questions seem to pop up because we’re not all listening when the answers come around.

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if you've got curly leaves on your citrus tree, have a closer look. Do you see any silver trails that in the leaves.

These curly leaves start off always as new leaves but if the problem comes around every year, you'll have a tree covered in distorted leaves.

That tiny moth that comes out at night likes to lay her eggs on the new leaves so that the larvae are able to tunnel their way out when they're ready.

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You’ll probably never see the tiny moth that lays those eggs into your citrus leaves.

Unless you’re thinking about it –being pro-active because you’ve had the problem so many times, you probably haven’t sprayed yet.

Now is the time to spray those citrus leaves, and hang that citrus trap.

Or maybe, you’ve tried changing when and what with you fertilise your citrus trees.

Those citrus miner traps sound like a good start and easy to use to.

If you have any questions about citrus leaf miner, drop us a line to

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Real World Gardener Citrus Leaf Miner on Plant Doctor

October 26th, 2014

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

REALWORLD GARDENER NOW ON FACEBOOK

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

 

PLANT DOCTOR

with Steve Falcioni, general manager www.ecoorganicgarden.com.au

Citrus Leaf Miner

There are some gardening questions that can’t be asked enough times.

proxy?url=http%3A%2F%2F3.bp.blogspot.comMainly because the questions are about plants that everyone seems to grow and so everyone seems to have the same problem.

So, on any gardening program or garden meeting, the same questions seem to pop up because we’re not all listening when the answers come around.

Here’s one of those questions answered, that come up regularly.<?xml:namespace prefix = "o" />

 

 

 

if you've got curly leaves on your citrus tree, have a closer look. Do you see any silver trails that in the leaves.

These curly leaves start off always as new leaves but if the problem comes around every year, you'll have a tree covered in distorted leaves.

That tiny moth that comes out at night likes to lay her eggs on the new leaves so that the larvae are able to tunnel their way out when they're ready.

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You’ll probably never see the tiny moth that lays those eggs into your citrus leaves.

Unless you’re thinking about it –being pro-active because you’ve had the problem so many times, you probably haven’t sprayed yet.

Now is the time to spray those citrus leaves, and hang that citrus trap.

Or maybe, you’ve tried changing when and what with you fertilise your citrus trees.

Those citrus miner traps sound like a good start and easy to use to.

If you have any questions about citrus leaf miner, drop us a line to

Real World Gardener Create a Succulent Garden in Design Elements

October 19th, 2014

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<?xml:namespace prefix = "o" />

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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 garden designer Lesley Simpson

 



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succulent Coral Garden-My Island Home. photo M Cannon



A couple of weeks ago I spoke to a guest Melbourne landscape designer, Phil Withers.

Phil had created a garden called My Island Home which had a coral reef bed made up of succulents.

It looked like the real deal-a coral reel made up of plants.

So keeping in that theme of creating things with succulents, it’s possible to create other types of themes using succulent plants.

The ideas for using succulents to do another concept are endless.

What about a river bed of succulents? 

Ever thought of a fairy garden with succulents?

Or even a gnome’s garden?

Succulents in a bowl?

 

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There’s plenty of possibilities and on the up-side succulents are pretty drought tolerant and forgiving because succulents store water in their leave, stems and roots.  Because the roots of succulent plants are relatively shallow, a bowl or dish can look great. Just make sure that your pot has good drainage, or that you can put holes in it.

Just because they're drought hardy doesn't mean they like to bake in the midday sun.

Most succulents do best if they are in the direct sun for only a few hours a day. Many need protection from getting scorched in the mid-day sun, but almost all need some bright, indirect light. Succulents can actually suffer from sunburn!

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