|Trees in the landscape|
Let’s find out about why we need to preserve trees.
Talking with Glenice Buck Consultant Arborist of www.glenicebuckdesigns.com.au
|Trees have a structural root zone|
VEGETABLE HEROES (OR FRUIT)Pineapple or Ananas comosus from the Bromeliad family.
|How to grow pineapple from the top|
|Cut of the top of the pineapple|
|Use a sharp knife to scoop out the flesh|
|Remove as much pineapple flesh as you can|
Pineapple plants grow up to 1 ½ metres high and wide, pretty much like the Giant Bromeliad, Alcantarea.
|plant your pineapple top|
- Firstly there’s quite a bit of controversy.
- Pineapples ripen from the bottom up, so when the 'cracks' around the bottom rows at the base go from green to yellow, it is beginning to ripen.
- Some say wait until it's yellow at least halfway up the fruit.
- Growers say they harvest anytime from when the bottom few rows go yellow because sometimes when the whole fruit goes all yellow, the bottom goes bad as it starts ripening from the bottom.
- Others might ask “Does it smell sweet ?.. remember it will not ripen any further after picking.
- Wait until it’s ripe.
- Jan leaves hers as long as possible, but she’s in Cairns and eats the pineapple very close to Xmas.
- Fred says he pick them at different stages and also buys direct from farms up the road and he can't tell the difference in when they are picked.
- The tried and true tip is to “Pick it when a middle leaf pulls out easily then it will be ready and sweet .
- But others will disagree saying " Sorry but plucking out the middle leave of the pineapple to see it is ripe is an old wife's tale."
- From another pineapple grower who has grown 400-odd pineapple plants," the leaf plucking is the best indicator by far. Colour is a good starting point, but every pineapple ripens slightly differently."
Did you know that Pineapples are one of the healthiest fruits around?
What’s the state of your gardening secateurs right now?
|Secateurs should open easily|
Almost as if you only cut through part of the stem and then pulled off the remaining part.
If they’re not sharp, those cuts that you make on your plants will end up with bruising and tearing on the stems leading to dieback and fungal disease problems.
Let’s find out some tips about sharpening those precious garden tools. Talking with Tony Mattson, general manager of www.cutabovetools.com.au
To quote a long time gardening presenter on Gippsland FM, the jobs not done until the tools are put away.
If you have any questions about sharpening your tools, why not write in with your question or ask for a fact sheet.
PLANT OF THE WEEK
Listen to the podcast to find out about them.
Talking with Karen Smith from www.hortjournal.com.au and Jeremy Critchley owner of www.thegreengallery.com.au
Gaura Geyser is a tough little plant the can be pruned almost to the ground to give more flowering during the summer months.
'Geyser Pink' is an upright, bushy, freely-branching perennial with tall, slender stems bearing narrow, lance-shaped, mid-green leaves and wand-like panicles of pink flowers from early summer into autumn.
|Gaura Geyser pink|
Strong branching supports large, long-lasting deep pink blooms.
Exceptional in containers and as a cut flower.
Gaura Geyser like all Gauras. tolerates drought, heat and humidity.
The name Gaura means Superb, but now that botanists have changed the name to Oenothera or pronounced OWEN-O-THERA, putting it in the same family as evening primrose.
Where does Oenothera come from?
It’s not really certain but perhaps from the Greek words onos theras, meaning "donkey catcher", or oinos theras, meaning "wine seeker".
But also the Latin oenothera means "a plant whose juices may cause sleep" and there’s no record of this plant causing that.
I have heard it called wand flower and butterfly bush because the petals are held on long stalks above the clump of leaves; and it certainly makes a stunning edging plant
If you have any questions about growing Gaura Geyser, why not write in to firstname.lastname@example.org