Real World Gardener Starting A Garden From Scratch part 1

May 13th, 2015

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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Real World Gardener is funded by the Community Broadcasting Foundation (CBF).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

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DESIGN ELEMENTS

Starting a garden from scratch series with landscape designer Peter Nixon.

 

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Starting with a bare patch of grass.

This series that starts today is more for those people who most likely have a bit of a garden but would like more.

To start a garden you have to have some kind of impetus and

They’re faced with a patch of grass and have as yet not decided how to proceed to the next step.

Most people want an integrated garden space so the house and garden flow seamlessly from one area to another.

But you may have inherited a garden with large mature trees, so how do you put your stamp on the garden?

You may like listening to gardening shows and that’s certainly a start.

 

Look at your site and decide how you want to use it.

Yes, you can put old bikes, and other unwanted stuff in the backyard but it's not that relaxing to look at.

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You can even add a touch of whimsy to an orchard.

You want a pleasant green space and you can start today by thinking about where you want some trees for shade and shrubs for flowers or just leaf colour.

Real World Gardener Wombats are Wildlife in Focus

May 13th, 2015

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

Real World Gardener is funded by the Community Broadcasting Foundation (CBF).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

WILDLIFE IN FOCUS

with ecologist Kurtis Lindsay

 

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This means that no-one owns any native animals, they can’t be kept as pets and to do anything with them you have to be licensed by government departments.

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However, there’s no protection from the government for most native animals-whether they’re injured or sick.

In some cases predation by foxes and dogs-feral and domestic have been decimating numbers of particular species of Australian native animals.

To counter this various not for profit organisations have stepped in to help out various animals and this is one such case.

 

Wombats have those backward facing pouches which only one other spices-the Diprotodon had as well.

The Diprotodon is of course extince and was the large known marsupial ever to have lived.

Although penalties exist for the illegal killing of wombats, sadly it’s been reported  by the Wombat Protection Society of Australia,(www.wombatprotection.org.au ) such killing occurs every night where on a farms they are shot, buried alive and gassed and on the highways of Australia vehicles indiscriminately drive directly at wombats without penalty.

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The Wombat Awareness Organisation (WAO) is another non-profit organisation specialising in large scale rescue, rehabilitation and conservation of the Southern Hairy-nosed Wombat (Lasiorhinus latifrons).

The wombat awareness group www.wombatawareness.com, have less than a week to The Wombat Awareness Org is the only dedicated registered Southern Hairy Nosed Wombat charity. We have 11 days to raise funds, fit out a new home & save the 40 wombats in our care from homelessness.

If you have any questions about wombats or a photo of a wombat the visits your park or garden why no send it in or write in to realworldgardener@gmail.com or write in to 2RRR P.O. Box 644 Gladesville NSW 1675.

Real World Gardener Leptospermum Lemon, Lime ‘n’ Bitters

May 3rd, 2015

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Real World Gardener is funded by the Community Broadcasting Foundation (CBF).

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

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The soldiers and later settlers, tried all sorts of plants to see if they resembled their favourite brew if you poured boiling water on the leaves.

One of them was the coastal tea tree or Leptospermum laevigatum.

Well, I’m not saying that it makes a great tea, but this next plant sounds like it could be in a nice cool drink.

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Leptospermum petersonii  “Lemon Lime and Bitters” is a dwarf selection

that would suit a lot of low borders, as hedging or softening the edge of a rockery. 

Attractive, colourful and tough is a big ask of any plant, but not only does this tea tree have it all, but its leaves are full of citronella oil and it’s covered with white tea tree flowers in spring, which the butterflies love.

Moist clay loam or sandy soils in cool temperate to sub- tropical climates will suit just fine, and you decide its shape by how little or how much you prune it.  As it only grows 50cm high and wide, this isn’t a great chore.

If you have any questions about growing tea trees why not write in to realworldgardener@gmail.com

Real World Gardener Maintaining Your Potted Garden in Design Elements

May 3rd, 2015

 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" ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />

REALWORLD GARDENER NOW ON FACEBOOK

Real World Gardener is funded by the Community Broadcasting Foundation (CBF).

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

 

Do you have any pot plants in your garden?

One or two or twenty two?

They seem to have multiplied when you weren’t looking didn’t  they and now you’re wondering how to look after them all when you go away.

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Having pot plants requires much more maintenance than if those same plants where in the garden.

But it’s not all bad news if you know the right tips and tricks.

 

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If you’re finding that you’re not able to manage all those pot plants, you might just have to give them away or plant them out in the garden.

In the case of too many and not enough space, and you couldn’t possibly bear to part with them, get someone to help you with an irrigation system that waters your plants when you go away.

There are those that are operated by a battery powered timer and are cost effective too.

 

Real World Gardener Grey Butcherbird is Wildlife in Focus

May 3rd, 2015

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

Real World Gardener is funded by the Community Broadcasting Foundation (CBF).

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

WILDLIFE IN FOCUS

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with ecologist Sue Stevens

A few years ago, while the Better Homes and garden film crew where recording a segment with presenter Graham Ross in my garden…this was when I was a gardening researcher for the show.; Graham would always look at this particular bird that visited and wonder what it was.

At that stage neither of us knew what the bird with a black head, white band and grey body and beak that reminded me of a Kingifsher beak

Other birds in the same family include the Australian Magpie, the Currawongs, Woodswallows and other members of the Butcherbird genus Cracticus.

The grey butcherbird is a regular visitor to my garden and probably why I don’t have the wattlebirds and other smaller birds visiting.

Even though it’s an aggressive predator, the grey butcherbird has a lovely song and in summer sings close to the house and sometimes perches on the clothes line.  In this case he’s probably looking for lizards and insects.

If you have any questions about the Butcher bird or have a photo you want to  share, send it in to realworldgardener@gmail.com or write in to 2RRR P.O. Box 644 Gladesville NSW 1675.

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