Real World Gardener The Mystery of Summer Branch Drop in Design Elements

March 9th, 2017

ESIGN ELEMENTS

Summer Limb Drop

 

Most people would be wary of various species of Eucalypt trees, which can drop limbs without any warning.

But what about other trees that drop limbs?

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Muogumarra Nature Reserve photo M Cannon

When the Summer’s are long and hot without much rainfall, trees are stressed.

How can you tell then if a tree is so stressed that a big branch is about to fall off?

I'm talking with Glenice Buck, Consulting Arborist and Landscape Designer of www.glenicebuckdesigns.com.au

 

Glenice noticed plenty of fallen branches in paddocks near where she lives in Young.

Unfortunately the answer to the question how can you tell when a tree is going to drop a healthy limb, and that is, you can’t tell at all if a tree limb is going to fall.

Perfectly good branches just seem to break off.

The trees are perfectly fine [on the outside] and the inside, they seem to be structurally sound - a lot of the trees that have dropped limbs, you could not pick that they were going to fall.

You would expect that trees that are structurally unsound, are more likely to drop limbs, but as a rule, the normal eucalypts that drop limbs like the red gums and a lot of our box trees, have been dropping limbs with no sign of structural damage at all.

 

If you have any questions about trees for Glenice, why not write in or ask for a fact sheet.

Real World Gardener Vanilla Bean in Spice It Up

March 9th, 2017

SPICE IT UP

Vanilla Bean Orchid Vanilla planifolia

The plant that this next spice comes from originates in the highland forests of Mexico, so that gives you some idea of where it grows best.

Somewhere warm and humid.

But hey, don’t let that stop you from trying to grow it, after all it’s an orchid.

Let’s find out what’s great about this spice. Im talking with owner of www.herbies.com.au Ian Hemphill

 

If you buy imitation vanilla essence then you’re buying a mixture made from synthetic substances which imitate the vanilla smell and flavour.

This often contains propylene glycol which is also found in automotive antifreeze!

It’s mass produced and relatively cheap but, of course, not in the same class as true vanilla extract.

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Growing Vanilla planifolia

If you want to try to grow this orchid, you must be sure to get Vanilla planifolia-used to be called Vanilla fragrans.

The flowers are like a skinny Cattleya (that’s an orchid) flower and they’re yellow.

The plant usually doesn’t flower until it’s at least 3 metres tall and it can reach a size of 20 metres and more.

A friend of mine has the variegated one growing in his laundry that faces north.

Seems to be doing pretty well.

If you're in an area where you can grow this orchid and have it flower, then you'll have to pollinate it yourself to get the vanilla bean.

The only natural pollinator is the Melipone Bee which is native to Mexico and thought to be extinct.

Should your vanilla bean orchid produce a green bean, luck you, but this will have no vanilla flavour.

It takes many weeks of drying and sweating before the pod is ready to be used in cooking.

If you have any questions about growing Vanilla orchids, drop us a line to realworldgardener@gmail.com or write in to 2RRR P.O. Box 644 Gladesville NSW 1675.

 

Real World Gardener Begonia Dragon Wings is Plant of the Week

March 2nd, 2017

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PLANT OF THE WEEK

Begonia Dragon Wings.

Red is the main colour of the flowers this week and boy does this plant stay in flower.

If you want constant colour but something different from Petunias , then go for this flowering plant that can flower almost all year round.

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I'm talking with 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

 

For Begonias, the more light, the more brilliant the colour of the leaves.

Angel Wing Begonias will grow well under shade cloth, lattice, or in early morning/late afternoon sun.

They’ll burn if grown in direct mid-day sun.

Did you know that the flowers are edible, with a sweet tart taste?Jeremy also mentioned to NEW Begonia cultivars: Begonia "Big." and a variety of Begonia semperflorens called Doublet. 

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Begonia Big  is said to take full sun, but we think it applies for northern hemisphere sun rather than the bleaching sun in Australia.

B. Doublet seems to be a cross between a bedding begonia and B. Dragon Wings and the flower colours comes in red, white, pink and rose. This one is cutting grown and quite tough, being able to withstand full sun, but will need time to adjust when you first bring it home from the nursery or garden centre.

 

Real World Gardener What to Put in Worm Farms in Living Planet

March 2nd, 2017

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LIVING PLANET

Are you still wondering whether or not to start a worm farm?

Here’s some food for thought.

Worm farming allows us to recycle our food scraps and significantly reduce the amount of organic waste sent to landfill as part of our everyday rubbish.

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By reducing organic waste to landfill we can reduce the potential for landfills

to create liquid ‘leachate’ which can pollute our streams, oceans and underground water, and reduce the production of methane gas which is a powerful greenhouse gas.

So now let’s find out what to put in them.

 

I'm talking with Sophie Goulding, environment project officer with a local council.

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Place your worm farm in a shady spot and always check your worm farm after heavy rain to make sure that it hasn't flooded with water and is drowning your worms.

The worms don’t create the minerals out of thin air but change their form from insoluble to soluble by digesting them.

That’s reason enough to get into worm farming.

Real World Gardener How to Optimise Facebook for Gardeners 2017

March 2nd, 2017

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Facebook for Gardeners_Feature Interview

Facebook can definitely be for gardeners in this feature interview,

There are a lot of gardening groups around Australia but a lot of them exist in the virtual world.

Yes, they exist online and are waiting for you to join them.

Here’s a few reasons why….

I'm speaking with Chantelle Leenstra, garden designer and principal at Garden Atelier

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One of the first groups Chantelle joined was called Plant Idents.  

Simple concept. 

You take a photo of a plant you don’t know the name of, and people respond with the name of the plant. 

It’s full of professional horticulturists as well as just people who love gardens but don’t do it professionally.

You can start joining other groups as well, like cactus and succulent groups, rare and unusual plant groups, and lots more. 

And then through these little discussions in these groups, you can form friendships with more and more garden lovers, and it will transform facebook for you, because won't see random rubbish any more on facebook, 

 

 You will be personalising facebook so it is all about things that you love.

 

Here are some groups for you to join.

Australian Garden Enthusiasts – because I love having a sticky beak into people’s gardens! Lots of people sharing pictures of their beautiful gardens.

All Horts – for professional horts + garden lovers. Members are focused in Britain so I get an insight into what’s going on over there.

Succulents and Cacti Collectors Australia 

Planet Begonia-all about Begonias of course.

Planet Tillandsia – all about air plants, you know that don’t need soil to grow like Spanish Moss, but there are heaps of really cool interesting Tillandsias too.

 

If you have a garden club that could do with some social media advice on how to get started, why not drop us a line to realworldgardener@gmail.com or write in to 2RRR PO Box 644 Gladesville NSW 1675 

 

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