Real World Gardener NEW Foxgloves are Plant of the Week

July 28th, 2017




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If you’ve ever been to an international flower show in the northern hemisphere, chances are you turn green with envy when you see how easily these flowers can be grown.


These are tall plants that hover above most other flowering annuals you have in the garden but breeders have gone to the trouble of creating a sort of intergeneric hybrid that flowers for several months instead of several weeks. 



Of course the flowers are magnificent, so let’s find out what it is.


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That was Karen Smith editor of


Unlike standard foxgloves, which produce a single terminal spike, ‘Illumination Flame’ will develop several flower spikes simultaneously.


To get more flower spikes and a more bushy plant, just pinch or tip prune the stems.


Plant breeders also recommend because it’s a vigorous tall plant, that if you do want to grow it in a pot, choose a fairly big one.


If you have any questions about this Foxgloves or foxxies as some like to call them, email us

Real World Gardener Indoor Plants for Warm Climates in Design Elements

July 28th, 2017



Indoor Plant Series part 2



Phaelenopsis orchid


Phaelenopsis orchid

Indoor plants for warm climates.

So you live in a climate that's warm all year round.


Does that mean you need to grow anything indoors?


True, you can grow almost anything indoors in tropical and subtropical climates, as well as outdoors too. 


All you need to remember ks that the most important elements required for healthy houseplants include light, water, temperature and humidity.


If any or all of these factors aren’t properly met, your houseplants will inevitably suffer.


You might be sweltering under the fans in the heat of a subtropical summer but what about your indoor plants?


Can they cope or is this the climate where they thrive the best?


So let’s find out more in this new series on indoor plants.


I'm talking with Julia Levitt, Landscape Designer and Director of


The good news is that tropical plants usually enjoy warmer conditions and don’t perform well once indoor temperatures fall below 130-160C.

Plus they like a lot of humidity, that means at least 50%, but better at 70% or more.

Most of the tropical, ornamental indoor plants with attractive foliage & colourful leaf patterns are suitable for hot & humid climates.

For example Dieffenbachia or Dumb Cane, Dracaena, house ferns of many kinds, Tricolor plant, snake plant, Philodendron, Money plant, Syngonium etc


If you have any questions about indoor plants why not email us or write in to 2RRR PO Box 644 Gladesville NSW 1675

Real World Gardener Keeping Goats in Suburbia

July 28th, 2017



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.


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?


Real World Gardener Albany Woolly Bush is Plant of the Week

July 13th, 2017



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?


Albany woolly bush flowers


Let’s find out …I'm talking with Karen Smith, editor of Hort Journal a

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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.


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.


Adenanthos Silver Lining image supplied by Plants Management Australia

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%

Real World Gardener Make Your Own Gin in Spice it Up

July 13th, 2017


Juniper Berries.

You probably missed it but 14th June was World Gin Day.

Why I mention this is because Australia is producing some of the best gin in the world.

You heard right, there’s a micro distillery industry that’s sprung up in Australia for making boutique gin.



But here’s the thing, it’s been said before on this show, you can make your own gin.

So let’s find out more.

I'm talking with  Ian Hemphill Owner of and author of The Herb and Spice bible.


PLAY: Juniper Berry 2_5th July 2017

Why everybody is falling in love with juniper today is because it's a thing to make your own gin.

Relatively a cinch but you need a good recipe.

You'll find one on Ian's site, just search for GINSPIRATION.

Australia's leading gin distilleries combine spices such as a cardamom, cinnamon and star anise with Australian oranges, Tasmanian Pepperberry leaf and lemon myrtle, a native Australian plant.

The juniper is still there but it is layered with a blend of modern Australian flavours, Southern European citrus and South East Asian spice, all of which makes it an entirely too drinkable gin.

Cooking with Juniper

Juniper berries go great in slow cooked casseroles and stews.

Juniper berries are also tasty when cooked with Salmon. Just place a few berries in with other herbs such as garlic, dill and add some lemon slices when baking or roasting whole salmon.


Juniper berries

If you have any questions about making your own gin, check out “ginspiration” or Ian’s webpage, or email us or write in to 2RRR PO Box 644 Gladesville NSW 1675

Real World Gardener NEW Sacred Bamboo in Plant of the Week

July 7th, 2017


Sacred Bamboo

Nandina domestica varieties, not for plant snobs.


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Image suppled Plants Management Australia

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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 


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

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

July 7th, 2017



 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

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.


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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