Real World Gardener is Gardening with Reptiles on Living Planet

May 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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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 Manager Urban Ecology, Katie Oxenham

Did you know that the study of
reptiles and frogs is called Herpetology?

And did you also know that there are
no Australian lizards with a dangerous or venomous bite?

You might have wondered whether or
not the little skinks in your garden do anything useful?

Let’s find out more about these reptiles….


Are we becoming to soft as a nation, scared of creatures in our backyard?

Do you know of someone that shrieks at the site of spiders and lizards?

Can you believe that calls received
by snake catchers/wildlife around Australia in summer are because people
mistake Blue Tongue Lizards for snakes or even baby crocodiles?


I think most gardeners know what a Blue
Tongue lizard looks like.


Anyway, you can check what reptiles you have
in your area.


A few useful links to the sites that were
mentioned in that segment


.Let me know what reptiles visit your
garden,


or send in a photo to realworldgardener@gmail.com or by post 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 is Testing Soil pH in Garden Design

May 6th, 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

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

The Good Earth

with Permaculture Sydney Institute Director, Penny Pyett

We’ve seen gardening programs on TV
telling us to plant out our nature strips with fruits and vegetables, or at
least with bush tucker plants that might attract wildlife.

I’ve asked my local council what
their policies were on people planting out nature strips. One simple answer,
ask first. I think that’s a good idea before you start digging up yours and
finding a nasty letter in your letter box asking you to remove the planting.

Let’s find out more about this
phenomenon….

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I’ve seen a couple of gardeners
taking over their nature strip in my area. Do you have any in yours’ Let me
know what they’re growing, or send in a photo to
realworldgardener@gmail.com or by post 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.

Design Elements:

with landscape Designer Louise McDaid

pH is a soil indicator and mostly we
don’t need to worry about it until the leaves of the plants don’t look like
they’re supposed to, that is all green.
But instead, they start having
darker veins, while the rest of the leaf can turn almost white.

I’ve been told by some gardening
radio presenters that testing soil pH is only for the really expert gardener.

Everyone else would find it all too hard.

But I think it’s a load of old
cobblers because if can teach year 9 students how to do it in a lesson at the
Botanic gardens, so can anybody.

So there’s no excuse in finding
out what pH your soil really has.
Let’s find out how to garden with
this SOIL profile in garden?

The pH scale is logarithmic. What
that means is if you go from pH 6 to pH 7, you changed the soil acidity by 10
times the amount!
If you go from ph 5 to pH 7 you
changed it by 100 times and if you go from pH 4 to pH 7 it’s a 1000 times
difference. That’s a lot of difference.
If you’re having trouble with
growing plants, leaves don’t look the right colour, or the plant’s not growing,
chances are your soil’s pH is not right.

Real World Gardener is Nature Strip Planting in the Good Earth

May 6th, 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

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

The Good Earth

with Permaculture Sydney Institute Director, Penny Pyett

We’ve seen gardening programs on TV
telling us to plant out our nature strips with fruits and vegetables, or at
least with bush tucker plants that might attract wildlife.

I’ve asked my local council what
their policies were on people planting out nature strips. One simple answer,
ask first. I think that’s a good idea before you start digging up yours and
finding a nasty letter in your letter box asking you to remove the planting.

Let’s find out more about this
phenomenon….

I’ve seen a couple of gardeners
taking over their nature strip in my area. Do you have any in yours’ Let me
know what they’re growing, or send in a photo to
realworldgardener@gmail.com or by post 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 Design Elements for a Sloping Garden

May 1st, 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

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.

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.

Do you have a sloping garden? Some
gardeners like to garden on flat ground because it’s easy to get around. No
steps to climb, or drag that wheelbarrow or trug up and down the slope.

But there are ways that make
sloping gardens gardenable. My term for not impossible gardening.

Let’s find out how to garden with
this type of site in your garden?

Anything from terracing, my first
thought, to boardwalks, didn’t think of that one, to make your sloping garden interesting
and workable. Even gardenable.

Real Wolrld Gardener Spice It Up with Saffron

May 1st, 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
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.

Spice It Up

with herb expert Ian Hemphill for www.herbies.com.au
165,000 crocus flowers are need to make about one kilogram of saffron spice.
That’s the stigmas of 165 crocus flowers to make up one gram of saffron spice.
If you’ve heard that saying “The
rain in Spain falls mainly on the plain” well if it’s the plain of La Mancha at
harvest time of the Saffron crocus in Autumn, then you’ll smell the fabulous
aroma of tasted Saffron as they dry it.

Let’s find out what real Saffron is all about, .

Crocus sativus or Saffron crocus is grown commercially in Tasmania, but the output is only a blip on the world's commercial market of true Saffron.

Crocus Sativus (saffron Crocus) is best suited to a
Mediterranean climate so usually Victoria, South Australia and some areas of
NSW. Hot humid and sub - tropical to tropical areas are generally not suitable,
so Sydney and North through Queensland are not ideal.

In temperate climates you need to put an ice-cream buckets
worth of ice on the bulbs every night during winter to give them sufficient
winter chilling. Seems too big an effort.
You can grow the Saffron crocus yourself, but you have to have cold winters and warm summers for the flowers to do any good

Still, it's worth a try if you can't get the real Saffron.

If you have a great recipe using
Saffron, write in and tell us about it.
Either via email 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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