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It seems like all kinds of exotic or unusual diseases attack our produce garden and this one’s no exception.
There you are, religiously watering everyday, making sure the soil’s moist, apply the compost and mulches
|Bacterial Wilt of Cucumber|
Let’s find out what can be done about this problem.
I'm talking with Steve Falcioni from www.ecoorganicgarden.com.au
The bacterial wilt can be the result of fungus, bacteria or a virus that is spread via the soil.
|Bacterial Wilt of Pepper|
- It starts off with the plant growing really well, but then over a few days, bit by bit, leaves start to wilt, then the whole plant dies.
- On examining the stem, you'll find that it's brown inside.
- That's because the bacteria has damaged the roots, making uptake of water and nutrients very difficult.
Pull the affected plant out, and don’t plant the same type of plant in that same spot.
- Did you know that many common weeds are edible, and some are more nutritious than store-bought greens?
- But you need to do your research before you go hunting for weeds in your garden, nature strip or nearest park.
- Most importantly, never eat anything you cannot positively identify.
|Dandelion flower and seedhead|
- You could try reading a book on edible weeds, taking an edible weeds tour or studying reputable online sources are good places to start.
- There are several Australian books on the subject, including a handbook by Melbournites Adam Grubb and Annie Raser-Rowland.
- Although most of the plants that we call weeds, especially the annuals, are edible … there are some very toxic plants.
- It can’t be said enough that it's really important to know beyond reasonable doubt that what you're about to eat is what you think it is and … to know that it's actually considered edible.
- The other thing to be aware of is the environment your weeds have come from.
- You need to consider whether the area you're picking in is likely to be polluted and also whether the plants may have been sprayed with herbicides or pesticides.
- In terms of not eating things that have been sprayed, I think the safest place to eat plants from is your own backyard.
- To give you just a small taste of how many edible weeds are out there, here are
Never fear, gardening in pots as a great alternative and it doesn’t have to be that hard or look ugly if you choose the right combinations.
There is that initial outlay, but if you choose carefully, your pots will last for years, and not end up cracked and broken.
Let’s find out what it’s all about.
I'm talking with Peter Nixon, garden designer and director of Paradisus garden design.
Peter suggests if you want decorative or ornamental plants, why not go for something in the Bromeliad family, especially the large Alcantareas.
- Alcantareas are sun hardy, such as A. heloisae, A. patriae, A exentensa, A. Glaziouana.
- All of these have plasticky hard leaves that put up with harsh exposure.
- Then there’s Kalanchoe orgyalis, known as Copper Spoons, or K. hildebrandii, known as silver spoons.
- Also, Kalanchoe millottii, and K. blossfeldiana.
- You could also choose Aloes but be mindful of the summer heat for these guys.
- Finally, the cardboard plant, or Zamia furfuracea.