Real World Gardener Show Gardens part1 on DEsign Elements

December 12th, 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" />

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 landscape designer Christopher Owen

Series on Show Gardens-part 1

What’s the purpose of show gardens?

You might think they’re designed to impress but not that practical, but are they?

In this series on show gardens, I talk to Chris Owen who won silver in the Australian Garden Show this year.



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Chris Owen silver winning Design at Australian Garden Show 2014



Let’s kick of the series on show gardens.

PLAY: Chris Owen show garden part 1_10th December _2014

If you’ve never been to the Chelsea Flower show that’s held in London in May, you might be wondering what show gardens actually are.

Firstly, the Chelsea flower show is the bees knees of show gardens because, everything is perfect.

Everything that can be in flower, is in flower, not a leaf is out of place and designers come from all over the world to display their show garden.

Australia won gold at last year’s Chelsea flower show.

Show gardens at Chelsea are meant to inspire and show what can be done, often with new release plants.

But if you can’t go, you can get a DVD and have a look to see what the fuss is about.

We’ve just heard about one show garden, and over the next couple of weeks, Chris will describe the pitfalls and the benefits to you of visiting show gardens.

 

Real World Gardener Summer Garden in The Good Earth

December 12th, 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" />

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

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Tomatoes photo M Cannon

with Margaret Mossakowska from  Vivid Edible Gardens

How does your garden cope over summer? What about you the gardener?

Are you too exhausted to go out there and tend to those veggies and flowering plants?

Every now and then, I ask someone like Margaret from a permaculture background to give us gardeners a different slant on what we should be doing.

Let’s find out more about summer gardening

PLAY: Summer Garden 10th December_2014

As you finish picking vegetables planted in late winter and early spring, you'll be thinking about what to plant for summer.

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Fruit Fly Pheremone lure and spray photo M Cannon

This is the time for unusual heat lovers like okra, rosella ( if your climate allows), snake beans and eggplant or the regular well known sweetcorn, capsicums, chillies, pumpkins and melons. Be sure to select heat-tolerant varieties of other vegetables such as lettuce and tomatoes if you decide to keep growing.

You might want to put up some shade cloth to protect more sensitive veggies in the sunniest parts of the day or maybe an umbrella or two.

 

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Exclusion netting of Nectarine photo M Cannon

Another idea is to plant up large pots or tubs in a part shade position to keep some salad ingredients going over the summer.

Margaret also mentioned protecting your fruit from fruit fly with exclusion bags, exclusion netting and pheromone traps. The pheromone traps only target the pest and not the good bugs like lacewings and ladybirds.

If you have any questions about your veggie garden or a photo, send it in to 2RRR P.O. Box 644 Gladesville NSW 1675.

Real World Gardener Summer Garden in The Good Earth

December 12th, 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" />

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

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Tomatoes photo M Cannon

with Margaret Mossakowska from  Vivid Edible Gardens

How does your garden cope over summer? What about you the gardener?

Are you too exhausted to go out there and tend to those veggies and flowering plants?

Every now and then, I ask someone like Margaret from a permaculture background to give us gardeners a different slant on what we should be doing.

Let’s find out more about summer gardening

PLAY: Summer Garden 10th December_2014

As you finish picking vegetables planted in late winter and early spring, you'll be thinking about what to plant for summer.

proxy?url=http%3A%2F%2F2.bp.blogspot.com
Fruit Fly Pheremone lure and spray photo M Cannon

This is the time for unusual heat lovers like okra, rosella ( if your climate allows), snake beans and eggplant or the regular well known sweetcorn, capsicums, chillies, pumpkins and melons. Be sure to select heat-tolerant varieties of other vegetables such as lettuce and tomatoes if you decide to keep growing.

You might want to put up some shade cloth to protect more sensitive veggies in the sunniest parts of the day or maybe an umbrella or two.

 

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Exclusion netting of Nectarine photo M Cannon

Another idea is to plant up large pots or tubs in a part shade position to keep some salad ingredients going over the summer.

Margaret also mentioned protecting your fruit from fruit fly with exclusion bags, exclusion netting and pheromone traps. The pheromone traps only target the pest and not the good bugs like lacewings and ladybirds.

If you have any questions about your veggie garden or a photo, send it in to 2RRR P.O. Box 644 Gladesville NSW 1675.

Real World Gardener Refuge in Garden Design

December 8th, 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" />

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 Landscape Designer-ADRIAN SWAIN Refugium

Adrian describes his show garden for this years Australian Garden Show as a low maintenance, living refuge which accommodates entertaining, relaxation and reflection. Large concrete slabs punctuated by recycled timbers and a recycled brick feature wall.Materials are complimented by interesting foliage types and a colour range of silver, purple and deep green. Mature trees anchor the plantscape and provide form and scale.

Listen to Adrian describe his design ethic as well as the plant listing

 

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Refugium photo M Cannon

Real World Gardener Day Lilies is Plant of the Week

December 8th, 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" />

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 Karen Smith from www.hortjournalmagazine.com.au

Would you like a perennial plant that’s easy care, and flowers all summer, year after year?

Not only that, its hardy, drought resistant, frost resistant, easy care, and low maintenance?

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Sounds too good to be true, but with a few general tips on keeping it looking good, these plants can fill the lower parts of your borders or fill out those sunny spots that look bare.

With names like Adorable Perfection, Bali Watercolour, Boogie Woogie Blues and Dream Lover, what could I be talking about but dalylilies?

 

Did you know a daylily is not a bulb?

It is a hardy perennial that can flower for 4 - 6 months.

proxy?url=http%3A%2F%2F3.bp.blogspot.comDay lilies can be planted all year round and Daylilies are long flowering , even though each flower only lasts a day.

They can be planted all year round either in the ground or in pots.

Flowering commences in Australia in October in the subtropics & mid to late November in VIC, NSW, TAS, SA & some areas of WA.  In many areas a re-bloom occurs in autumn.

All daylilies need is 5 to 7 hours of sun every day, lots of organic matter in the soil, a little water once a week, & a thick mulch of straw or hay. You can grow them in your perennial border, in pots on your patio, around the edges of ponds, on steep banks & even on the roadsides.

The new hybrids means the plant flowers for up to 6 months.

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Real World Gardener Day Lilies is Plant of the Week

December 8th, 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" />

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 Karen Smith from www.hortjournalmagazine.com.au

Would you like a perennial plant that’s easy care, and flowers all summer, year after year?

Not only that, its hardy, drought resistant, frost resistant, easy care, and low maintenance?

proxy?url=http%3A%2F%2F1.bp.blogspot.com

Sounds too good to be true, but with a few general tips on keeping it looking good, these plants can fill the lower parts of your borders or fill out those sunny spots that look bare.

With names like Adorable Perfection, Bali Watercolour, Boogie Woogie Blues and Dream Lover, what could I be talking about but dalylilies?

 

Did you know a daylily is not a bulb?

It is a hardy perennial that can flower for 4 - 6 months.

proxy?url=http%3A%2F%2F3.bp.blogspot.comDay lilies can be planted all year round and Daylilies are long flowering , even though each flower only lasts a day.

They can be planted all year round either in the ground or in pots.

Flowering commences in Australia in October in the subtropics & mid to late November in VIC, NSW, TAS, SA & some areas of WA.  In many areas a re-bloom occurs in autumn.

All daylilies need is 5 to 7 hours of sun every day, lots of organic matter in the soil, a little water once a week, & a thick mulch of straw or hay. You can grow them in your perennial border, in pots on your patio, around the edges of ponds, on steep banks & even on the roadsides.

The new hybrids means the plant flowers for up to 6 months.

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Real World Gardener Seaweed on Plants in Plant Doctor

December 8th, 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" />

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 from www.ecoogranicgarden.com.au

 

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Have you ever collected seaweed from the beach and placed it around your garden plants?

Did you wonder about washing of the salt first or put it straight on?

The benefits of seaweed on plants are plenty but seaweed is not regarded as a fertiliser because it has so little in the way of the big three nutrients-Nitrogen, Phosphorus and Potassium.

 

You may even have heard seaweed extract being called a tonic for plants but what does that actually mean?

Collecting seaweed from the beach is not so easy these days because there's not much of it around anymore on some beaches.

So the best way to get seaweed on your garden is to buy seaweed extract.

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Seaweed extract comes in either liquid or powder forms. Either way, using seaweed on a regular basis should be a routine in your garden maintenance program over summer.

If you plants have the odd yellowing leaf, seaweed solution will most likely help them.

Seaweed extract

  • stimulates strong healthy plant growth
  • encourages root development and minimises transplant shock
  • enhances plants ability to cope with various stresses including drought, salty soils and the cold

 

Did you know that a lack of micronutrients in the soil rarely causes a deficiency in plants. Instead it’s because the soil is poorly drained, or the soil is cold, or has a pH that is too high or too low. In any case, the tonic of a seaweed spray can help the most.

TIP: If your using a hose on, hosing the leaves has little benefit-use a pressurised sprayer for this.

If you have any questions about seaweed solution or have some tips about using seaweed on your garden, drop us a line to realworldgardener@gmail.com or write in to 2RRR P.O. Box 644 Gladesville NSW 1675.

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