Real World Gardener NEW SERIES Mass Planting for Large and Small Gardens in Design Elements

August 17th, 2017

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DESIGN ELEMENTS

Mass Planting Series

Mass planting for large and small gardens part 1

Would you think that mass planting a garden would be something easy to do?

On the surface it sounds easy; just pick a couple of types of plants that you like and away you go, would that be right?

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Mass planting for large gardens: Scampston, England photo M Cannon

The answer is no, because visually you might end up with such a boring garden as to be exasperating.

Have you heard the rule “ the greater amount of texture you use the louder your garden reads visually?”

Let’s find out about this wonderful rule.

 

PLAY: Mass Planting_large gardens_9th August 2017

 

That was Peter Nixon, Director of www.peternixon.com.au

Mass%2Bplanting-Paul%2BUrquhart.jpgIf you have a large expanse of garden with all the same colour green , the same leaf shape and the same texture, the garden will be homogenous and even boring.

 

You'll be asking "Where's my beautiful garden?"

 

Find plants that you like but try and like ones with different leaf shapes, colours and textures when you’re doing planting on a biggish scale.

 

Peter suggests as an example of texture and leaf contrast, Poa Eskdale with Opuntia Burbank Spineless.

 

If you want mass planting to hide the fence, try

Viburnum odoratissium "Dense Fence," or Quick Fence.

 

As Peter says, even if it’s a small garden, don’t put lots of little plants in, but less plants that are bigger works better.

 
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Real World Gardener Amazing Sage in Spice it Up

August 17th, 2017

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SPICE IT UP

Sage

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What would you say to a herb that can remove grease from plates?

Not only that, drinking tea made from the leaves of this herb helps treat sore throats and coughs; often by gargling.

All these attributes are for the herb sage.

To get grease off your dinner plates without using harsh chemicals all you need to do is macerate some fresh sage leaves and rub them on the plates, and voila', clean plates.

But did you know that the world's best sage comes from the Dalmation coast growing amongst rocks on the island of Kornati?

Find out more by listening to the podcast.

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I'm talking with Ian Hemphill www.herbies.com.au

PLAY: Sage_9th August 2017

 

Scientifically known as Salvia officinalis, sage is closely related to rosemary, and they’re often considered “sister herbs.

Sage grows best in sandy, alkaline soil.

It grows up to 75 cm in height and has woody, branching stems.

Its pebble-like patterned, aromatic leaves are grey-green, with a soft surface and fine hair-like filaments growing on either side.

During summer, the violet-blue flowers attract bees.

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Real World Gardener Astonishing Dianthus Jolt is Plant of the Week

August 10th, 2017

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PLANT OF THE WEEK

Dianthus "Jolt"

 

Do you like the colour pink in your garden?

Light pinks, dark pinks and every shade in between?

Then here’s a plant for you that’s been developed by plant breeders so that it flowers for six months and can take the heat better than ever before.

But first, let’s find out about this plant.

 

PLAY: Dianthus Jolt_2nd August_2017

 

The plant panel were Karen Smith, editor of Hort Journal www.hortjournal.com.au and Jeremy Critchley, The Green Gallery wholesale nursery owner. www.thegreengallery.com.au

Dianthus Jolt, is seed grown but unfortunately there has been a world shortage of seed this year due to a virus in the parent stock. 

However, if you do manage to secure a plant from this series, you'll be rewarded with flowers for 6 months of the year on 40 - 50 cm stems; great for cut flowers.

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Dianthus Jolt 

Did you know that the history of Dianthus dates back to over 2000 years, making it one of the oldest cultivated flower varieties?

Greeks and Romans revered the plant, using its flowers for art, decor, and to build their iconic garlands.

Sweet William, Pinks or just Dianthus, the one that was mentioned, Dianthus Jolt is the most heat tolerant that you can grow.

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Real World Gardener Amazing Abelia is Plant of the Week

August 3rd, 2017

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PLANT OF THE WEEK

Abelia grandiflora

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Abelia grandiflora in my garden.

Fabulous shrub that is a must for most gardens either as a hedge, topiary or stand alone shrub.

The species grows 2 x 2 metres but there are also dwarf cultivars like Abelia Frances Mason.

Did you know that Abelia is named after British consul general in China 1817 - Dr Clarke Abel?

Abelias mainly flower in summer but can flower in autumn as well. 

Long flowering with the creamy white changing to a reddish color as they age, often have red calyces behind the flowers. 

Flowers have a nice sweet fragrance. They have trumpet shapes that form in little balls at the end of the stem. 

Flowers are bee attracting

Talking with Hugh Mandelidis and Lewi Beere about Abelia grandiflora.

 

In autumn the leaves colour up to a reddish-bronze look but this depends on your climate.

If you live in a cold area such as Bathurst where temperates can fall to -10 C overnight, expect your Abelia bush to have the reddest of red leaves.

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Real World Gardener Indoor Plants for Cool Climates in Design Elements

August 3rd, 2017

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DESIGN ELEMENTS

Indoor Plants for Cool Climates

It’s been said that indoor plants remove pollutants from inside your home but did you know that plants can help fight colds?

Yes, that’s right, indoor plants have been shown to reduce cold related illnesses by more than 30%.

This is due to their effect of increasing humidity levels and decreasing dust.

 

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Chamaedora seffirzii can also be grown indoors in cool climates

 

This series on indoor plants is to suit everyone around Australia so this week we’re focusing on what plants that you can grow indoors if you live in a cool climate.

Let’s hear some more.

I'm talking withJulia Levitt Director of www.sticksandstonesld.com.au

 

PLAY: Indoor plants-cool climate_26th July 2017

Did you know also that plants can stop your headaches?

That’s right, because they’re removing those VOC;s(volatile organic compounds.) that your appliances, carpet, and furniture are giving off every day.

Plants in the home have also been shown to lower blood pressure.

PLANTS mentioned

  •  Palms-Bamboo palm (Chamodorea seifrizii), Bangalow palm (Archontophoenix cunninghamiana) Dwarf Date Palm (Phoenix roebelenii), Fishtail Palm(Wodetia bifurcata), Parlour Palm, ( Chamaedorea elegans), Walking Stick Palm (Linospadic monostachyia)
  • ·    Snake plants (Sansevieria trifasciata) for clean air
  • ·    ZZ plant(Zamioculcas zamifolia)-minimal watering
  • ·     Sago palm ( Cycas revoluta) withstands cool winter temps.

There’s more, but I’ll fill you in next week.

If you have any questions about indoor plants for cool climates why not email us realworldgardener@gmail.com

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Real World Gardener NEW Weeding Tools in Tool Time

August 3rd, 2017

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TOOL TIME

Hand Weeding Tools for Garden Beds

 

Weeding the garden is one of those chores that you either keep putting off or you like doing.

Perhaps you liked doing it when your back was stronger and your knees not so sore but now you’re finding it that much harder.

Sure there’s spraying the weeds with herbicide but in between those cabbage or broccoli plants or in between those flowering bulbs or annuals it’s a little bit difficult to prevent the spray from getting onto the plants you want to keep.

So that leaves mechanical weeding.

So let’s find how to make that weeding job a little bit easier.

I'm talking with Tony Mattson General Manager of www.cutabovetools.com.au

PLAY: Weeding Tools part 1_26th July 2017

 

Weeding tools for mechanical weeding include, forks, all manner of hoes,, trowels cultivators and the NEW Garden Hook.

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The "garden hook" along with cultivator and weeding tool. Handles sizes to help with weeding without kneeling.

The good news is there’s longer handles to help you do the weeding to which you can attach various cultivators or weeding hoes.

Don't bend over anymore, but purchase a long adjustable handle that can be fitted with different types of cultivators, and garden hooks.

 

Weeding is not only therapeutic but helps your plants stay healthy by removing competition plus weeds often harbour pests which then move onto your wanted plants.

 

This not only saves your back but your knees as well.

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Real World Gardener Keeping Goats in Suburbia

July 28th, 2017

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THE GOOD EARTH

Keeping Goats with Robyn Rosenfeldt editor of PIP permaculture magazine

Have you ever kept a sheep goat or pig in your backyard in suburbia?

Sounds a bit far fetched but I do remember see a couple of sheep keeping the lawn down in the front yard of near where I used to live which was only 8km from the CBD.

So what questions should you ask yourself about goat keeping and why would you want to anyway?

What are the benefits?

On the line is Robyn Rosenfeldt, editor of PIP magazine whose standing by to answer all these questions and more.

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Hello and welcome to Real World Gardener Robyn.

 

First why keep a goat or two in suburbia?

 

How much space do you need for say 2 goats?

 

Do You Want to Keep Goats So That You Will Never Have to Mow Your Lawn?

 

If so, think again. Goats will eat your rosebushes clean, carefully devouring every single leaf and flower. However, they’re not going to mow your lawn.

 

They’ll nibble at grass here and there in a sort of unorganized fashion, creating a look very similar to Rod Stewart’s hairstyle.

 

How much work is involved? Ie milking, feeding, building a goat pen?

 

Do goats make good pets?

Do I need to exercise my goat and take my goats for a walk?

What information does the prospective goat buyer need before getting their first goat?

 
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Real World Gardener Albany Woolly Bush is Plant of the Week

July 13th, 2017

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PLANT OF THE WEEK

Albany Woolly Bush

Adenanthos sericeus

Are you a fan of Western Australian plants?

They grow so many wildflowers, banksias, and Eucalypts with huge inflorescences or inflo’s as those in the now like to call them.

But how do they do in other parts of Australia, particular if they’re grey and fluffy and have been used mostly as a Christmas tree?

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Albany woolly bush flowers

 

Let’s find out …I'm talking with Karen Smith, editor of Hort Journal www.hortjournal.com.au a

PLAY: Adenanthos Silver Lining_5th July_2017

The greyness and upright growth of the Albany woolly bush makes it look sort of snow covered making it the perfect choice if you want a real Australian Christmas tree.

NEW VARIETY OF WOOLLY BUSH

Adenanthos Silver lining (40 cm x 1.5 m) is a very attractive native ground cover with fine, silvery grey foliage that is both soft in appearance and to touch,

'Silver Lining' is a low water user, thriving in dry conditions.

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Adenanthos Silver Lining image supplied by Plants Management Australia www.pma.com.au

All Adenanthos are particularly well suited to coastal zones as long as you proived them with well drained or sandy soils.

Susceptible to borers and dieback (Phytophthora)

Woolly bush is best suited to dry summers rather than humid climates.

Some growers suggest that plants need rocks for anchorage in windy sites.

Fertilise with low P 1.6%

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Real World Gardener NEW Sacred Bamboo in Plant of the Week

July 7th, 2017

PLANT OF THE WEEK

Sacred Bamboo

Nandina domestica varieties, not for plant snobs.

 

Nandina L

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Image suppled Plants Management Australia www.pma.com.au

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Are you a plant snob or know someone who is a plant snob?

By that I mean refuses to plant anything that’s commonly sold.

Someone who can’t imagine planting out star jasmine or murraya because it’s “oh so yesterday” and why would you want that rather than some rare species of plant that no-one else has.

The trouble is it’s the way those common plants are used that turn us off rather than

Let’s find out more…I'm talking with Karen Smith, editor of Hort Journal www.hortjournal.com.au 

 

The varieties we mentioned were Nandina were Obsession with new red growth, Nandina Blush staying red in Autumn and Winter.

In the winter months, Blush™ Nandina turns vivid red all over. It is 20% smaller than Nandina domestica ‘Nana’, Size: 60-70cm high x 60-70cm wide, a perfect height for fences, borders or hedging.

Nandina Lemon Lime a new evergreen,  with no red at all and looking more like a low bush bamboo plant. So compact that you never need to trim it.

If you have any questions about the new varieties of nandina, why not write in to If you have any questions about the new varieties of nandina, why not write in to If you have any questions about the new varieties of nandina, why not write in to If you have any questions about the new varieties of nandina, why not write in to

 

 

 

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Real World Gardener Preventing Brown Rot of Stone Fruit on Plant Doctor

July 7th, 2017

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PLANT DOCTOR

 Brown Rot of Stone Fruit

This fungal disease can appear on a lot of plants including veggies and a lot of fruits, but today Plant Doctor is concentrating on stone fruit.

Before you tune out, you might discover that some fruit that you purchase might have this problem.

This segment explains why that piece of fruit that’s sitting innocently in your fruit bowl can suddenly go off.

So let’s find out more about this problem and what to do about it. 

 

That was Steve Falcioni, General Manager of www.ecoorganicgarden.com.au

The first signs can be the blossoms of your peach or nectarine trees turning brown and falling off prematurely.

You may not notice this happening in the first season, but if your trees have been infected. you will notice brown patches on your fruit that eventually cause the whole fruit to rot.

 You may not have any blossoms on your stone fruit trees, but there are still things that you can be doing as preventative measures for Brown Rot.

If this has happened then next season what you need to do is then to observe your blossoms when they appear to see if they’re dying prematurely.

Of course if you’ve had this problem before you need to spray as a precaution. Sprays with copper or sulphur in them work well as do eco Fungicide that contains potassium bi-carbonate.

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Brown rot of stone fruit can leave mummified fruit stuck to the branches.

These are all barrier sprays and need to followed up regularly through the growing season.

If you have any questions about Brown rot of stone fruit, or have some information to share, drop us a line to or write in to 2RRR PO Box 644 Gladesville NSW 1675

 

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