Wednesday, 21 September 2011

Pass the Cucumber Salad Leaves

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Design Elements: Gardening without a garden shed is like trying to play football without the ball. Well maybe not quite, but close. Without a garden shed close by, you'll wind up spending more time running to and from the garage or possibly laundry, instead of doing what you love - gardening. Listen here for design ideas for garden sheds.

Vegetable Heroes:Vegetable Hero is in fact a sort of herb, maybe part of your salad even.
Sanguisorba minor (Salad burnet.)
 It is a perennial herbaceous plant growing to 30 cm tall, typically found in dry grassy meadows, often on limestone soils. It is drought-tolerant, and grows all year around in mild climates. in a sunny location. In the sub-tropics you can grow it successfully in semi-shade. Keep up the water to this plant during dry spells.
 In those zones where the winter is very cold and frosty, Salad Burnett will come back by itself in the Spring.
Herbs can not grow in a tropical garden without excellent drainage. A raised  bed is one way to get excellent drainage. Because the tropics get high rainfall, herb gardens there should be open and airy to minimise fungal problems.
Salad Burnet is one of those plants that don’t like hot sun and heavy rain so if you really want this herb, grow it in a container under an awning or the dappled shade of a tree.
Salad Burnett grows from seed sown in Spring or in early Autumn in mild climates-temperate to sub-tropics. Remove the flower heads to encourage growth and pick the leaves when young. Burnet will self-sow.  
Salad Burnett, like a lot of herbs prefers good soil, but will grow in poor and sandy soil, that a lot of gardeners who live near the coast seem to have.
Burnet will remain green during a mild winter but it is better to re-sow every year to obtain tender leaves.      Attention balcony gardeners, Salad Burnett can be container grown.
What does this herb look like?    Burnet consists of a flat rosette of spiky-toothed leaves from which a flowering stem grows.. Burnet will grow to a height of 30cm.
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Plant of the Week: a)    is a tree in the subfamily Faboideae of the pea family Fabaceae. It is native to the southeastern United States. This tree I planted when I first moved into the house. I pulled it out soon after. I found new seedlings of it growing in the front yard. By this stage it was only 2 years old, and it was tough to pull out. I’m glad I did.
b)The black Locust is now on Australia’s most wanted weed list.
c) Now it’s used as the understock for R. psuedoacacia “Frisia” and the mop top Robinia pseudoacacia 'Umbraculifera.'
d) R. psuedoacacia “Frisia”  is a small/medium tree to 8m. This vigorous, medium sized tree has beautiful golden-yellow foliage which grows stronger in autumn. It has pendulous pea shaped white flowers and grows in almost any situation. Very popular for its foliage colour.
e)If you damage the trunk of the tree by either mowing too close, with a whipper snipper, or weeding around the base, you’ll probably cause the understock tree to sucker. Once that starts, there’s no stopping it and it will suck for the rest of its life. Treating it with Glyphosate will most likely kill the tree

Feature Interview: Talking Australian Conifers with Elizabeth Anderson, volunteer guide at RBG Sydney. Talk and Walk series on Sat 24th Septemebr 2011, at 2pm To book ring 9231 8394

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