What’s on the show today?Find out ways to reduce how much plastic you use in the Good Earth.; grow this calming herb in Vegetable Heroes; part 4 of ‘gardening in tight spaces in Design Elements, plus which flowers should not be placed near your fruit bowl in the Talking Flowers segment with Mercedes.
THE GOOD EARTH
Perhaps you’re already using drink bottles that are BPA free, but did you know that BPA is in all soft plastics?
- The ocean may look calming and inviting, but did you know that any plastics that make it to the ocean breakdown into plastic microbeads?
- These microbeads are ingested by plankton and in turn are eaten by fish.
- It's even very likely that the fish you are about to eat contains plastic microbeads.
- Let’s find out what we can use instead?
Check out repair cafes, recycle stuff, don’t add to landfill.
One thirds of plastics are used for packaging such as food but you can avoid buying veggies that are wrapped in plastic, they don’t need it.
Bring your own container to get meat, fish, cheese etc.
Don’t take no for an answer, it’s not illegal.
If you have any questions, either for me or for Margaret, why not email firstname.lastname@example.org or write in to 2RRR P.O. Box 644 Gladesville NSW 1675.
VEGETABLE HEROESLemon Balm Melissa officinalis
Lemon balm is scientifically Melissa officinalis, but it’s also known as balm, common balm, or balm mint.
What is Lemon Balm?
|Lemon Balm Flower photo Jess Beehouse|
- However, you can pick leaves for use lots of ways from flavouring vinegars, teas, especially Earl Grey or Green Tea, marinades, dressings, jams and jellies, stuffings and sauces to using it chopped with fish and mushroom dishes or mixed fresh with soft cheeses.
- Lemon balm complements many fruits, including honeydew, rockmelon, pineapple, apples and pears.
- What about lemon balm with ginger in scones?
- That’s the leaves, but the flowers can also be used as a garnish in fruit salads, drinks or with rice
- Did you know that in the commercial food industry, lemon balm oil and extract are used to flavor alcoholic and nonalcoholic drinks, confectionary, baked goods, gelatin, and puddings?
- Lemon balm is also an ingredient in liqueurs like Benedictine and Chartreuse.
What are the tricks then that you can use to make your garden look bigger and so more interesting?
Let’s find out what it’s all about.
I'm talking with Peter Nixon, garden designer and director of Paradisus garden design.
PLAY: Gardening in tight spaces part 4_24th October 2018
Mirror mirror on the wall, but wait it’s on the fence or behind some plants.
Yes, outdoor mirrors can make your small space look bigger but if you place it flat on the fence you may be just looking at a reflection of roof tiles.
Even though Peter says you need to use toughened glass, I’m an advocate for the found mirror.
Why not hang it up and if it wears out in 3 months, so be it, you’ll find another one.
If you have any questions about gardening in tight spaces or have a suggestion either for me or for Peter why not write in or email me at www.realworldgardener.com :
Ethylene and Cut Flowers
- By the way, Ethylene molecules are small enough to migrate through plastic and cardboard, so just closing up the box of fruit in the fridge doesn’t contain the gas.
- Did you know that Ethylene is a stress hormone and it is released in response to rough handling, dehydration, chill damage and disease ?
- But where does it come from?
- There's two ways: internally — in fruits, flowers and veggies as a stress response; and externally — from rotting green trash, car exhaust, air pollution, cigarette smoke, inefficient space heaters, propane forklifts and/or floor polishers.
- Why I mention the forklifts, because maybe they’ve got them at flower markets?
Recorded live during studio broadcast of Real World Gardener show at 2RRR 88.5 fm