What’s on the show today?Expert tips about Chives in Spice it Up with Ian Hemphill from herbies spices. Something a bit lemony and a bit minty that you can grow in Vegetable Heroes. What is the soil food web with editor of PIP magazine, Robyn Rosenfeldt from Pambula.
And, is there a difference to look after native Australian flower and South African flowers in the Talking Flowers segment with Mercedes.?
SPICE IT UP
What would a baked potato with sour cream be without it?
What would instant noodles and packet soups be without the freeze-dried version?
Something less than ordinary.
Let’s find out what it is.
I'm talking with Ian Hemphill from www.herbies.com.au
The leaves of onion chives are hollow and round, think "O" for onions.
Freeze drying means the moisture is removed very rapidly by placing the chives in a special pressurised chamber. The water is taken from the chive leaves; the liquid goes straight to the gaseous state.
Ian says if you get good quality freeze dried chives, it’s very hard to tell the difference between that and the fresh ones!
Remember, when the chive clump gets to about 20cm, that’s the time to divide them up.
If you have any questions about chives, either for me or for Ian, why not email firstname.lastname@example.org or write in to 2RRR P.O. Box 644 Gladesville NSW 1675.
- If you saw the purple variety you might think that the leaves are a bit similar to Beefsteak plant or Iresine herbstii.
- Perilla the plant itself has two lipped flowers in either white, pink or lavender-purple, that grow in the leaf axils and terminal spikes.
- The plant has a very bushy canopy of opposite leaves on square stems, like all Mint family plants.
- Leaves are oval shaped to 15cm long, and are aromatic with a fresh flavour similar to lemon and mint.
- If you can’t get the seed but have some at your local fruit and veg store, here’s a way to get some plants.
- I found this on a blog. Maki says she grew her Chinese variety from cuttings from ones bought at an Asian grocers.
- Just pop some in a glass of water and they should strike. Easy peasy.
Of course they're surprised to learn that the King Protea is from South Africa.
Sure, Australia was once connected to Africa millions of years ago when it was still Gondwana, but there's no reason to be confused.
- Never leave fresh flowers in a hot car.
- Recut the stem ends neatly with sharp secateurs, removing the bottom 3 cm.
- Prepare your vase or container: make sure it is clean.
- Add fresh clean filtered water but NOT flower food to these flowers
- Check every day, as your flowers can use a lot of water.
- If cut-flower food is not used, change the water at least every second day.
- Keep as cool as possible without freezing.
Video recorded during live broadcast of Real World Gardener show at 2RRR 88.5 fm in Sydney