Spring onions Allium fistulosum are really just like thick chives. While all manner of onions were cultivated by the Egyptians, Greeks and Romans, there’s a reference to spring onions in Chinese literature dating back over two thousand years.
Indoor plants are very much in vogue. But it’s important to look after them. Here are some top tips to keeping your indoor plants looking good.
Caraway is used to flavour a whole lot of food that we eat, like havarti cheese, rye bread, sauerkraut and caraway seed cake in Britain. What may surprise you is that the roots can be cooked as a vegetable like parsnips or carrots and also that the leaves are sometimes eaten as herbs, either raw, dried, or cooked, just like you would with parsley. Continue reading
Turmeric, Cucurma longa, is a tropical rhizome you can grow in both subtropical and cool subtropical areas like Sydney. You can even grow it in a pot in cooler climates, as long as it’s protected from frost and extreme cold. In cooking it is used for colour and flavour. Continue reading
Secateurs are one of your most important gardening tools and will get used most times you go out into the garden. Thats why, if you’re a new gardener, you should invest in a good pair. Most long-time gardeners have a favourite pair they’ve been using for years but tragedy can strike and those long-loved secateurs are lost or damaged. Here’s a handy three part guide about how you should choose, clean and sharpen your secateurs. Continue reading
Today I’m talking with ecologist Sue Stevens about barn owls and crested terns. Barn owls are not common in urban areas but are found throughout Australia in grasslands and open woodland. Fish-eating crested terns frequent coastal areas with protected areas for breeding. Continue reading
In this hot, hot summer, how do you keep your chooks cool? Unlike humans, they don’t sweat to take advantage of evaporative cooling, and they’re covered in insulating feathers. Continue reading
All down the east coast of Australia, gardeners with lilly pilly hedges have been noticing lots of chewed and damaged foliage. While it used to be pimple psyllid that most affected lilly pillies, causing those ugly pimply bumps all over the leaves followed by lots of sooty mould, there’s now a relatively new insect pest that’s doing as much, if not more, damage on Syzygium australe and its cultivars – a native green leaf-eating beetle called Paropsides calypso**. Continue reading
How well do you know some of our iconic and most common Australian birds? I talk with ecologist Sue Stephens about the destructive, snowy-white sulphur-crested cockatoo; the vividly-coloured crimson rosella; and the black and white pied currawong, and why it’s often an unwelcome visitor in your garden. Continue reading
Today I’m talking with herb specialist Ian Hemphill of Herbies Spices about growing that very tasty plant, licorice (or liquorice if you are in the UK). Forget the sticky black confectionary licorice – you can make your own sweet treats like licorice icecream and even chewable sticks from your own home-grown plant. Continue reading
Today I’m talking with landscape designer Peter Nixon about choosing ‘best-fit’ plants that will hide an ugly boundary fence, especially when there’s only a narrow planting area between a path and the side fence. In Part 1 we talk about shrubs and other plants with this very narrow habit, and in Part 2 we’ll discuss climbers. Continue reading
Yellowing leaves is a common problem on both indoor and garden plants. Today I’m talking with Steve Falcioni about how you can work out what’s causing yellow leaves on your plant. There’s a wide range of possibilities from leaf age and season, nutrient deficiencies, incorrect pH, low temperatures, over- and under-watering, to pest and disease attack. Continue reading
Today I’m talking with Steve Falcioni about organic controls for when your plants are infested with aphids, those dreadful little sap suckers, and a common pest on many plants in the early spring. Continue reading