What’s on the show today?Wildlife in Focus presents a bird that collects blue things with Dr Holly Parsons; a couple of weeks ago we explained how to deal with bean problems and today we’re growing them in Vegetable Heroes; a stroll into a very unusual nursery in Plant of the Week and all about scented stock flowers in Talking Flowers segment with Mercedes.
WILDLIFE IN FOCUSSatin Bower Bird
Listeners would probably have heard about the Satin Bowerbird with its glossy blue-back with a distinctly coloured eye.
I'm talking with Dr Holly Parsons from www.birdsinbackyards.net
Let’s find out .
Sorry for Tasmania and South Australia, because you guys are missing out on this rather unusual bird.
The male builds that bower, a parallel row of sticks in a north south axis but that’s not where the eggs get laid, it just all about attracting the female with collected blue objects and a bit of dancing.
|The bower of the satin bowerbird.|
- Green bean originated from Central and East Asia, North-eastern Africa and the Mediterranean.
- Bean varieties such as green beans, French bean and long bean have been planted for their fruits or pods for vegetables in many regions in the world since 6,000 years ago
- French beans appeared about 8,000 years coming from Latin American, Mexico, Peru and Colombia.
- The origin of the long bean was Southwest China.
- Spanish explorers took the green bean back to Europe in the 16th century and introduced it there.
- From there were spread to many other parts of the world by Spanish and Portuguese traders.
- Did you know that the Egyptians had temples dedicated to beans, and worshipped them as a symbol of life?
- They must be good.
To grow beans you need up to four months of warm weather.
- In subtropical climates beans can be grown almost all year.
- For temperate and arid zones, mid-spring through to late summer are the best times to plant.
- In colder districts, beans, don’t like the cold at all and they certainly don’t like frost.
- You have until the end of summer, certainly you wouldn’t be expecting any cold snaps now.
- Tropical districts, once again, need to wait until the winter months to sow beans.
- Beans are best planted at soil temperatures between 16°C and 30°C so planting them from now on is ideal.
- Sow your bean seeds about 2.5cm deep or depending on the size of the bean I guess.
- Sow your beans, either climbing or dwarf beans either in rows or just scatter so the seed are 5-10cm apart (don't worry about the odd ones which are closer).
- Cover with soil, potting mix, or compost and firm down with the back of a spade or rake.
- Grown this way the beans will mostly shade out competing weeds and 'self-mulch'.
- An important fact about growing beans is that they need well-drained soils with a pH between 6.5 and 7.0 and are sensitive to deficiencies or high levels of minerals in the soil-especially climbing beans.
PLANT OF THE WEEK
Are they just plastic, or perhaps some concrete, terracotta, or even hanging baskets with coir peat liners?
Any old tin would do presumable as long as it had a drainage hole and was cleaned.
|Pot plants at Ivy Alley|
I'm talking with Rachel Gleeson, horticulturist and owner of succulent and bonsai nursery, Ivy Alley.
Let’s find out.
Hopefully you’re inspired to use some unusual containers to pot up your plants.
Definitely take a leaf out of Rachel’s book.
This involved digging a plant from a nursery bed, taking as much of the rootball as possible and wrapping it in hessian to keep the soil intact and help prevent moisture loss.
If you have any questions about potting up plants in different types of containers, why not write in to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Did you know that you can eat the flower?
- Mercedes says Ms Stock (because it's grown from seed) needs to have the stems cut at an angle.
- Re-cut the stems every second day and place in shallow water.
- Ms Stock is highly ethylene sensitive and sensitive to heat.
- Buy your flowers 3/4 budded.